February 24th, 2014

Alchemist Brunch On New York Street

by Chris Greenhalgh at I Love MCR

Alchemist Brunch On New York Street

Everybody's doing cocktails and afternoon tea. Now everybody's starting to do brunch. The Alchemist, like most Living Ventures' establishments, just do it better. Living Ventures once again turn an offering into gold.

"A concept symbolic of Living Ventures' employment code. A solid gold formula."

So, what's the point of inventing the word brunch? What makes it different from breakfast or lunch? For one, brunch is an all-accepting meal. It doesn't care what you look like. Whether you've come straight from a morning gym session or straight out of bed in clothes from the night before, let's eat. The Alchemist NYS is a particularly beautiful venue, so I'd get changed if I were you. But generally, brunch has no judgements.

Brunch is a perfect excuse to drink fizz and cocktails for no actual reason. It can be sweet, savory, or both.

Everyone can get what they want. Some people might fancy breakfast, some people might fancy a spot of lunch. It's an amalgamation. And late surfacing F&D industry folk, who've understandably missed the early bird, deserve breakfast too.

The Alchemist NYS, for me, is leaps and bounds apart from The Alchemist in Spinningfields when it comes to serving food. Nothing against the staff, it's just way more spacious. Alchemist, Spinningfields is a shoe-horn into the tight table setting.

Service at Alchemist NYS is second to none. The staff, especially the management of whom are always on the floor, are trained in all roles of the site. For example, they'll moonlight for weeks shadowing a chef, weeks behind the bar and weeks on the restaurant floor waiting on. A concept symbolic of Living Ventures' employment code. A solid gold formula.

I don't know if I'm allowed to say this, BUT the management and matradee are usually female, which we (Melissa and I) think do a better job of the role. Hannah and Jessica, are especially accomodating, enthused and knowledgable of the menu.

Anyhow, back to the brunch. At NYS is served Monday - Friday 10am - 12pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 1pm...

The English (£8.95) - bacon, two eggs (cooked any style), sausage, mushroom, tomato, hash browns, black pudding, baked beans and toast with butter. The American (£8.75) - a Belgian waffle with two eggs (any style), bacon and sausage plus hot maple syrup and butter.

The classic and very good value Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale (£6.75) - two poached eggs, roasted ham or spinach or salmon, English muffin and hollandaise sauce. Egg and bacon muffin (£4.50) with a side of brown sauce. Steak & Hash Browns (£9.95) - 5oz sirloin, served with 2 fried eggs and hash browns.

I recommend the Mish Mosh (£6.95) - broken eggs with chorizo sausage, cheese, bacon, spinach and mushroom, served with toast. It's not the prettiest dish to look at, but it's flippin' scrumcious.

Melissa and I washed ours down with Buck's Fizz and Alchemist signature cocktail 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (£6.50) orange marmalade, Beefeater gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar. Oooooo.

Back to bed now for a snooze until dinner time. Thanks Alchemist NYS.

Location

1 New York Street, Manchester M1 4HD

Contact:

0161 228 3856

thealchemist.uk.com

@AlchemistNYS

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The Alchemist is open for morning coffee, brunch, lunch and dinner offering  everything Living Ventures are renowned for – excellent service, innovative cocktails and great food.