Thursday, 18 February 2016

Manchester Corn Exchange - Salvi's Restaurant Review


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar

Although we don't live far from Manchester, we don't always go there because of the traffic and parking. So when we went to the Corn Exchange last month, we were really surprised as it has transformed from a fairly empty mall that has a few shops opened, to one that is busy with restaurants inside and out. The lovely PR even told us about the plan of having the top of the Corn Exchange converted into a hotel, and the lobby will be located right where the main entrance is:

Salvi's Mozarella Bar is located next to the Corn Exchange's main entrance to the planned hotel
Our purpose there that day wasn't just to look at the Corn Exchange though. Abby is one of the Manchester's Corn Exchange Child Taster this year (you can see our video and Abby's review through the link), and we were invited to try out one of their restaurant. We were chosen to review Salvi's Mozarella Bar, which has a delicatessen upstairs, and a lovely restaurant downstairs. It's perfect for Abby and hubby because they love cold meat and cheeses!


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Delicatessen counter located at the entrance
The restaurant opens after noon, but while we were waiting upstairs (there is a small seating area where people can order drinks and have a snack, and/ or wait for their orders to be packed), we saw a lot of customers visiting Salvi's deli counter. It really is the perfect place to buy fresh ingredients for the day/ weekend.


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Right: Smoked Mozarella Cheese
Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
The kids get to make their own pizza base
We ordered our drinks, and the kind and funny Mozarella Maestro Roberto let us try some of their delicious cookies and their Smoked Mozarella Cheese made by Salvi's owner's family. Their deli are all freshly imported from Italy weekly.

The restaurant manager (I didn't catch your name sorry!), also funny and nice, surprised the kids with a plate of pizza dough each. Apparently kids get to make their own pizza at Salvi's, which will then be baked (or fried!). The kids weren't sure what to do at first, but as soon as they got comfortable in the restaurant (we moved when the restaurant and kitchen was ready), they started getting really in to it! The dough was really soft and smelled gorgeous, and it tasted quite ok baked or fried (a bit like their yummy dough balls hehe!)


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar

Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar

Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar

When we moved to the restaurant downstairs, we were pleasantly surprised as we didn't expect such a cosy yet modern restaurant downstairs. They have a stone oven in the kitchen, and even a wine cellar, which acts as a function room.

We asked the resourceful restaurant manager to take charge of our meal, as we wanted to try their signature dishes and something different from our usuals. He was very generous and ordered 3 starters and 3 mains for us, which were all beautifully cooked and presented. There is nothing on the table that we don't like, but we certainly have our favourites that we will definitely come back to!


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Clay was so happy and ready to dig in, where as Abby was wondering where she should start (she's actually eyeing at the parma ham haha)
Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
My favourite starter: Calamari e Zuchine Fritti
Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Left: Deli Platter (not quite sure which one this is)
Right: Soffietti Fritti
Starters

We were impressed with all the food on our table. For Starters, my favourite was the Fried Calamari and Zuchini, which were coated in a very light but crispy batter, and was nicely seasoned. I can do with a whole portion to myself!

Abby and hubby cleared the deli platter, although we suspect that most of the meat went into Abby's tummy!

We all loved the naughty fried dough balls Soffietti as well. They were a perfect snack, well seasoned and delicious with the cooked tomatoes (grilled or pan fried?) and Parmesan cheese.


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Parmiggiana
Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Left: Parma Pizze                             Right: Pasta con Salsiccia (Italian sausages)
Mains

We all agreed that the Parmiggiana is our absolute favourite out of the 3 mains, although we do love them all! Can you tell how generous Salvi's chefs are with their ingredients? And they are all well presented too.

Abby was a bit cheeky and took all the parma ham from the Parma pizza. The pizza is absolutely yummy, even with my least favourite salad. I think this will be the only way I'll eat Rocket ever!

The Pasta con Salsiccia is beautiful as well, with the pasta perfectly cooked. They are really smooth!


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar
Parma ham, yum yum!
We really can't fault any of the dishes, and with the generous amount of ingredients, and kids unknowingly but happily eating lots of vegetables, I think they are well worth the money. The sauces aren't soupy like in some restaurants, and you can definitely taste the difference between dishes.

Salvi's is very kids friendly, and all the staff we've met, including Salvi's owner Maurizio and his family (they have a really sweet daughter!) are all lovely and very friendly. I'd definitely recommend Salvi's to anyone, you will be well looked after for sure!

Salvi's currently have a "Pepper Pig" pizza for kids where 50p will be donated to the local charity Forever Manchester. You can follow Salvi's on Twitter for up to date information as well.


Corn Exchange Manchester, Eating out with children, Salvi's Mozarella Bar

After leaving the restaurant, we ordered some delicious parma ham on our way out. I think I can do with that slicing machine at home!


There are many more restaurants in Manchester's Corn Exchange. Do check their website out, and you can see what other Child Taster's have to say about the other restaurants too.