Review: Home Sweet Home, Manchester

Manchester’s Northern Quarter, better known by locals as NQ, is a buzzing sector of the city hosting a feast of: boho shops, boozers and quirky eateries.  One of the more cute and friendly spots, situated on 49-41 Edge Street, is Home Sweet Home, a bar and kitchen making brunch, lunch and tea seriously exciting!  Sink your teeth into fresh toasties, tickle your tastebuds with creamy coffees or go crazy for their extensive range mouth-watering bakes.  Home Sweet Home, the American-inspired dining facility, will leave you craving more!

At peak time on a Saturday afternoon, the lovely staff at the NQ site of HSH (there is a second site situated in Great Northern Square) managed to squeeze me and my fellow brunching partner into a booth in the second dining area.  Although chocker with eaters, we were served instantly.  I opted for a flat white coffee and Eggs Cali – a twist on the traditional eggs Benedict – while Andrew went for a classic English Breakfast Tea and a messy stack of: avocado, tomato, eggs and fried potatoes, as well as some cheese and bacon loaded sweet potato fries.

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As a coffee fiend, I was slightly upset about the size of the flat white.  As you can see from the photos it was definitely below and average coffee size and, although the decoration and presentation was remarkable, the silky coffee was gone within two and a half mouthfuls.  At a price of £2.60 I was expecting something with slightly more substance.

Although I had already finished my coffee when the food swiftly arrived, I was definitely not disheartened.  We were both given gigantic portion sizes which were seriously tasty!  My Eggs Cali consisted of: a toasted breakfast muffin, slathered with smashed avocado, smoked salmon, onions, peppers, chipotle sour cream and two (slightly over) poached eggs in a rich hollandaise sauce.  I had literally died and went to brunch heaven.  B-e-a-utiful!Andrews’s veggie stack seen him trying chunks of avocado for the first time, while his loaded sweet potato fries definitely defeated him.  Although moreish and a once-in-a-blue-moon treat, the sickly sweet potato lump didn’t exactly fit in with our brunch choices but they were so, so good.

As if we hadn’t consumed enough food, we both opted to try one of HSH’s famous bakes.  Choosing the ‘Shit Wedding Cake’ as a play-safe option (there were literally about six cakes and tray bakes we could have chosen from) we scoffed our dessert and coughed up our cash while holding our food babies in dismay.  When we brunch, we brunch hard, and HSH stood up to the mark.

Coming in at just shy of £30 between us for: Coffee, tea, cake, a kooky version of Eggs Benedict, a veggie stack and cheese and bacon loaded sweet potato fries is seriously not a bad shout.  If you’re looking for a menu and a venue to satisfy your cravings for something naughty, then Home Sweet Home is undoubtedly the place of your dreams.

Ella Scott

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