The Clue’s in The Name
At Toast Altrincham quite literally everything is served on toast or with toast. It might be Dr Atkins’ nightmare, but I reckon this is the stuff that dreams are made of
Review by Catherine Ferguson
Taking the ground floor of a lovingly restored old bank building, Toast is more than just great food and drink, it’s a really lovely space to be in. With bags of sunshine streaming in through enormous windows, charming exposed brickwork and inviting leather armchairs, you simply don’t want to leave.
Toast was the brainchild of owner, Justin Orange and he’s delighted to have finally opened the doors to the public. “Who doesn’t love TOAST?” he asks. It’s been 18 months in the making, but it’s been well worth the wait. It’s a beautiful building. We’ve planned everything in detail, so all you have to do is turn up, relax and enjoy.”
Every part of the Toast experience is very much a local feast, with bread delivered daily by highly acclaimed Levenshulme bakery, Trove, and a special roast from Sale Sharks rugby player, David Seymour’s new company, Couch Grind Coffee.
So what about the menu itself? Suffice to say, I wanted the lot and with prices ranging from £5 to £9 it’s hard not to be tempted to an extra little dish on the side. Head chef, Edward Carr (Aumbry, The Fat Duck and Eleven Madison Park in NYC), quite simply deserves a medal.
Favourites at our table were Crab and Lime (white crab, lime juice, rocket and coriander on rye), Egg and Chorizo (poached egg, chorizo, chorizo spread and paprika on olive and rosemary) and the honey mustard chicken, baby gem, tomato and asparagus salad (with toast, of course).
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Toast might be just about breakfast and lunch. Oh no, there’s a whole range of puddings in their ‘Toast for a sweet tooth’ section. Marinated strawberries and whipped rosewater ricotta on French toast was like mixing a summer fruit salad with the best eggy bread you’ve ever had and just a soupçon of Turkish delight. Dutch Apple pie, on the other hand, was a wonderfully Autumnal affair, essentially a deconstructed apple crumble on toast with almond clusters. What’s not to like?
The drinks menu is simple, but fits the bill to a tee. Plenty of teas and soft drinks, alongside two reds, two whites, two beers, a cider and some fizz. Again, reasonably priced at £4.50 a glass or £17.95 a bottle, I fell in love with the Emiliana Natura Viognier. Made in Chile by the world’s largest organic wine producer, it’s zesty and fruity and works well with almost everything on the menu. Some even say organic wines are hangover free, but I’d hate to tempt fate.
Open 8am-6pm Monday – Saturday.
Enquires: Toast, 63 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1DS / 01618 044580 / www.toastaltrincham.com