We take a tour of the new dishes and revamped favourites
THE new menu at Odd Bar has just landed, and what a transformation. The Northern Quarter hot spot has turned towards classic New York-inspired dishes, but still with that definitive Odd twist that made their name.
First, breakfast. Odd has it covered with options including a vegan, veggie or meaty full English, plus eggs benedict, eggs florentine, and their breakfast brioche. We went for the healthy, hearty option of their 'most splendid breakfast’ (£7) which is packed with veg and protein in the form of crushed avocado, confit cherry tomatoes and pan-fried garlic halloumi. Served on a couple of slices of wholemeal toast, it's satisfying enough to keep even the most ravenous customers happy till lunchtime.
If you want a lesson in how salt beef should taste, try the beef brisket.
We were glad to see the small plates haven’t gone anywhere. The hummus and flatbread have been upgraded to a three hummus medley (£4) featuring spiced carrot, sun blushed tomato, and pea and fresh mint hummus, served with plenty of warm flatbread for dipping.
But the stand-out star of the small plates has to be the goats cheese and roasted red pepper balls (£5). These croquettes of deep fried goats cheese with hints of red pepper served with a sweet and spicy chilli jam are drool-worthy to say the least. You'll be fighting over them
If you want a lesson in how salt beef should taste, try the beef brisket. Chef Paul Cooney and his team slow-cook it in-house every day. The sauce it swims in is homemade too and slowly reduced into the perfect sweet, sticky glaze. We had it on the Reuben sandwich (£8) with pickled slaw, melted Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and toasted rye bread. Very NYC.
Speaking of New York, the Brooklyn beef burger (£10) is stacked with a smoked beef patty (Lancashire beef), that riotous salt beef, Swiss cheese, dill pickle, crispy smoked bacon and all the salad. Relish in the Brooklyn beer glaze, and make sure you tuck that napkin down your front.
Finish things off with the new banana and hot fudge sundae (£4). It comes with a small mountain of vanilla ice cream and is topped off with toasted hazelnuts. It’s a sweet, sticky, gooey treat your inner child will love.
Odd Bar on Thomas Street serves brunch, lunch and dinner daily.