When I heard Chef Anand George has opened a daytime food venue on Church Street called Münchesters, I didn’t know what to expect. With his award-winning Canton-based restaurant Purple Poppadom serving fine Indian cuisine, what could Anand have in mind for a smaller, more informal venue? When I received an invitation to a free tasting day on Friday 13th December, I couldn’t wait to find out.
Spanning two floors, Münchesters has window bar stool seating downstairs with additional seating available on the upper floor. With clean and simple décor, the café makes for a cosy, yet modern, lunchtime hide-out.
Münchesters serves “fresh, homemade food-on-the-go” including sandwiches, salads, soups, stews, pastries and cakes (pictured below) and a selection of hot and cold drinks.
The focal point of the menu is the hot wraps – soft, freshly made chapattis filled with pork, lamb, beef or chicken, with vegetarian options also available such as the chick pea wrap.
The wraps smell so good, I go for a lamb one and my friend opts for pork (usually £4.25 each). Generously sized, each wrap is filled to the brim with hot meat and vegetables in a fragrant sauce, created using fresh spices and herbs. Pictured below, the lamb wrap is tender and slightly spicy and leaves me feeling pleasantly full for several hours.
My friend’s wrap looks just as good – delicious pulled pork in a tangy sauce.
To accompany my wrap I had a mocha (£2.60), served in a vintage-look cup on a wooden tray, with a small glass of water included to cleanse the palate.
I also sampled one of Münchesters’ hand-decorated cupcakes, a vanilla sponge topped with sweet icing, drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with chopped nuts, finished with a dusting of edible gold glitter (£2.00 eat-in; £1.70 take-out).
I was so impressed by the food and service at Münchesters, when they officially opened the following Monday 16th December I knew exactly where I was going for lunch.This time, I opted for the croissant sandwich (£2.10 take-in or eat-out). Croissant sandwiches remind me of holidaying in Portugal this Summer, when I tucked in to a cheese and ham croissant every morning for breakfast. Münchesters serve two versions – rocket, bacon and tomato, and rocket, tomato and cheese- but the staff are more than happy to put some cheese into the bacon one for me, at no extra cost.
Baked fresh that morning, my croissant is crammed with grilled bacon, melted cheddar and rocket. It’s not quite as good as the ones I tried in Portugal but it comes pretty close, and at £2.10 it’s actually cheaper than your average sandwich.
My second visit to Münchesters has impressed me even more than the first and I’ll definitely be visiting again soon. In fact, I think I’ve found a new favourite place to go for lunch!
22-23 Trinity Street
(029) 2047 2123
Update: this restaurant has now closed down.
I was invited to Münchesters as a guest and our food and drinks were complimentary.