Manchester food and drink news this week includes a launch date for new dessert bar Milk Jam, as well as a new pasta restaurant for Harpurhey, supper clubs galore plus and booze news for Northern Quarter coffee shop, Takk.

New restaurant: The Pasta Project in Harpurhey
A new Italian restaurant to the north of the city, The Pasta Project opened Friday (8 Jul). The menu includes a small selection of handmade pasta, with dishes representing different parts of Italy. Bologna offers slow-cooked beef and pork ragu, Roma includes eggs and pecorino cheese while Genova takes in basil pesto dressed with pine nuts and olive oil. Available as a takeaway or to dine in the restaurant.
Now open, The Pasta Project, Unit 33, Harpurhey Shopping Centre, Lee Road, Harpurhey, Manchester, M9 4DH, times vary,

New dessert bar Milk Jam opens on Oxford Road next week 
Milk Jam dessert bar draws on the talents of Ginger’s Comfort (who make great ice cream and have won countless ‘best street food’ awards for their creations), Lush Brownies (see pic – they look lush don’t they?) and Bakeorama (aka Charlotte O’Toole, a baker who unleashed her wild confections on customers at the Northern Quarter’s Home Sweet Home before going it alone). It’s safe to say that this new dessert bar is the brainchild of the experts. Expect a ‘soft serve’ ice cream station, brownie bar and cake counter, as well as a giant gumball dispenser. Milk Jam is located at the top of Oxford Road near the Palace Theatre. (RA)
Opening during the week commencing Mon 18 Jul, Milk Jam, near to the Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M1 6FT, @milkjammcr

Supper club: Season’s Eatings at Trove in Levenshulme
The Levenshulme cafe is hosting another supper club, in collaboration with Season’s Eatings and this one comes inspired by a recent jaunt to Paris. A starter centred on pea with sorrel then moves onto a beef, anchovy and strawberry creation with a pork, almond, artichoke, mustard fruit main course. Dessert comes in the form of gooseberry and sheep’s milk . After selling out the first of these dates, they’ve added a second, so booking is advisable.
Wed 20 Jul, Trove, 1032 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3WX. 7.30pm, £15,

New brunch menu at Chorlton’s Gray’s Larder
The Chorlton eatery has a new brunch menu to tickle tastebuds on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 2pm. The menu is delicious for all but especially for gluten free advocates. Expect gluten free cheddar cheese scones with smoked streaky bacon, scrambled eggs and field mushrooms, and smoked salmon and eggs on toast.
Gray’s Larder, 123 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PG,

Cheese club: Homage to Fromage’s French spectacular at Bakerie
Bakerie’s cheese club returns with another themed sampling evening. Expect a host of French cheeses served with an accompanying narrative, fruit, crackers, bread and chutney. Mancunians love cheese and these nights usually sell out, so if you book now if you fancy giving it a go.
Mon 25 Jul, Bakerie, 45 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN, 7pm, £10/£12,

Takk coffee shop moves towards getting a licence for beer
Northern Quarter coffee house favourite Takk is in the process of becoming licensed to sell beer. They have had a temporary licence for special events in the past, and it looks set to become a permanent fixture going forward. The venue has previously served ales and more from the Alphabet Brewery and will serve more of the same in future, alongside beers from other local breweries alongside its award-winning coffee and food menu.
Takk, 6 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF. Tel: 07989 583 576,

Tue 12 Jul - Wed 31 Aug
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 12 Jul 2016