I started off my weekend the right way as last night I dined at the Lowry’s stylish restaurant and bar, Pier Eight which overlooks the waterside of Salford Quays and Media City. We had an amazing table with a great view of the water and yesterday it was quite a sunny day in Manchester so we had a lovely view of blue skies.
I’ve never been to Pier Eight before so I was really excited to come down and review the menu with my boyfriend Harry. I had looked at the menu before I came so I could get a good idea of what I wanted to order but when I got there I went for something completely different based on our waiter Rob’s recommendation.
To begin, we ordered two starters: the Seared scallop, sweetcorn, pancetta and caramelised onion brûlée and the Seared Mackerel, watermelon gazpacho, blood orange, horseradish and squid ink. I was originally going to order the seared salmon dish as salmon is always a top choice for me when I eat out but Rob recommended that the mackerel was a popular dish so I went with this instead. We had never tried scallops before but we wanted to pick something that was a little out of our comfort zone and we weren’t disappointed. Harry can be quite a fussy eater at times whereas I’m a lot more open to what foods I like to try but the scallops went down a treat.

We also picked another fish starter, the mackerel with watermelon gazpacho. I love mackerel and I picked this as I was quite intrigued by the rest of the dish. I never have had fruit with a main meal before but the watermelon and blood orange complimented the fish perfectly. The mackerel was topped with leaves that the Lowry has grown on their roof and I was one of the first people to ever try this addition to the dish! The mackerel dish is on the menu for £8 and the scallop dish for £9.

 For our main, we ordered the Pan fried cod, salt cod croquette, spring peas, kale in a lemon butter sauce and the Gnocchi, pesto, cherry tomato, parmesan and olive oil. When I eat out I usually go for a chicken dish but decided to go for another fish dish and I’m so happy that I did. The cod was so tasty and the lemon butter sauce was incredible. I could have had that sauce poured all over my meal. It was nice to pick something different than my usual order because as much as I love chicken, I am trying to branch out and try more new foods.

We also had the Italian dish Gnocchi which I loved. I’ve only had Gnocchi once before so it was nice to try this dish, even if we had no clue how to actually pronounce it when we ordered haha. The cod dish on the menu is £18 and the gnocchi dish is £17.

 For our final course (and my favourite) we ordered the Triple chocolate gateau, cherry, praline curd and cherry ice cream and the Caramelised white chocolate parfait, toffee apple oat biscuit with creme fraiche. O m g they were sooo good. I love white chocolate so for me, this was my first choice and it was delicious. I loved that it was decorated with apple crisps, it looked so pretty and dried fruit is my fave.

Harry had the gateau which he loved and to say that he’s not a dessert person speaks for its self. By the time it came to dessert I was very full and sleepy but finished off Harry’s dessert and I was a big fan of the cherry ice cream. The gateau is priced at £8 and the parfait £8 also.
This menu is available Thursday-Saturday from 7pm until close and I definitely recommend trying the food out here at Pier Eight. The service was extremely quick and our server Rob was polite, helpful and very efficient 🙂 It’s always nice when you have a lovely server as it makes your time there that bit more enjoyable. Thanks for the menu recommendations Rob- we loved the food! 
I was lucky enough to be invited by Rachel to come and try out the menu here so thank you very much. Pier Eight is a lovely restaurant with great quality food, helpful waiters and an amazing view of the water. Though this was a menu review it is no way influenced and all opinions are my own.
My date for the evening

What a great start to my weekend!
Christie xx