Reviewed by Emma Baker
We are a family that loves food and we have eaten at many different places, myself and my other half have eaten at Frankie & Benny’s before now but the kids hadn’t. So when the chance came to try out their new menu we jumped at the chance. We visited the Salford Quays branch, it is set in a beautiful place surrounded by the waterfront and many other bars and restaurants. We arrived by car but it is easily accessible via public transport the Metrolink stops right outside it. We noticed it was a pay and display car park but to our surprise it was as little as 10p for 3 hours parking!
We were booked in for 5pm and arrived with about 5 minutes to spare but we were seated straight away and were given a window booth that sat the 4 of us perfectly, we were given our menus and our drinks order was taken, I don’t know who was more excited the children for their mocktail or myself for my choco-nana ice cream shake.
I had my two boys with me aged 2 and 5 and they were getting a bit lively while looking over their menu’s when our host arrived with their drinks and an activity pack for them, they loved it, it contained stickers, a game including a make your own dice and counters so they could play straight away, as well as lots of colouring and puzzle pages, once they chose their main course they were kept busy for the rest of our time there.
We ordered some double dipped dough balls and dips for us to try as a starter, they arrived quickly and nicely presented, the boys and myself had never had dough balls before and they were lovely, they came with a cheese dip and a garlic butter dip both of which complimented them lovely, there was enough in the portion to satisfy all four or us.
For our mains the boys had;
Chicken Bites, which were golden, crispy fried chicken bites, with a choice of golden fries or mashed potato. Served with vegetables, baked beans or salad. We had them with fries and veg (peas and broccoli).
Missy’s Margherita, a delicious pizza topped with creamy mozzarella and special pizza sauce, served with golden fries or mashed potato and your choice of vegetables, baked beans or salad, again we chose fries and veg (peas and broccoli).
The portions were very generous much better than other places and it looked really appetising, if I’m honest I would have tried some of them if they were willing to share.
At £4.25 for a main, dessert and a drink the children’s menu is great value for money with plenty of choice to choose from and if you have older children there is an Junior menu for older children with even more choice for £7.75, giving them a chance not only to choose from burgers or pasta but even ribs.
Chicago Grinder Calzone, beef and pork meatballs, spicy pepperoni, chicken, red onion, sweetcorn, red pepper and mozzarella with BBQ sauce.
They happily took my request for no sweetcorn which I was pleased about. This came on a huge plate with a good helping of BBQ sauce in a separate dish, it was lovely very filling and flavoursome. I feel it was fairly priced at £11.45.
My other half had;
Grilled swordfish steak with spaghetti, peas, green beans, broccoli, capers and salsa verde. This was something we didn’t think would be offered by Frankie & Benny’s but he was very glad they did, it was cooked to perfection, they pasta served with it wasn’t something I would have put with the fish but it complimented it really well and this is without doubt the dish I would be choosing on a returning visit. A lovely generous sized portion for £14.95.
We made sure we left room for dessert and the children chose what had to be the best children’s dessert I have come across in a very long time… the Ice Cream Candy shop.
The Ice Cream Candy Shop contains 2 scoops of ice cream and bottles of sweets, all served with a jug of chocolate sauce to pour.
The excitement on their faces when they say these, they came on wooden trays with the bowl of ice cream, choc sauce and marshmallows and 3 mini milk bottle style bottles of different sweets and a packet of popping candy and a sweet shop style stripped paper bag so they could take away any unused sweets, these went down a treat.
The Godfather, a mountain of warm chocolate brownies, crunchy chocolate malt balls, red berry sauce and cream. Topped with ice cream, butterscotch and chocolate flavour sauce and finished with toffee crumb.
Now this was the mother of all desserts and enough for a family to share but we made sure none went to waste, each bite gave a different flavour, one minute you would get some brownie the next a fruit sauce and ice cream… yummy… well worth the £8.75.
Having tasted a few of the different drinks on offer a bathroom break was due I went to the ladies and found them to be nice and clean and spacious with music playing in the background, this was a nice touch. When it was time to take the boys I used the disabled/baby change as it had more room for the three of us and noticed not only did they have a baby change mat but also a wicker set of baskets which the nosiness in me had to look and I’m glad I did as they contained nappies, wipes and nappy sacks very helpful if like me you have been caught short on many occasions.
Overall a lovely experience with great staff, delicious food and a nice chilled atmosphere. Even though the children made a fair bit of noise we weren’t made to feel unwelcome, the boys really enjoyed their first visit and can’t wait to go back again. The restaurant was lovely and clean, service was quick and friendly and a place I would recommend to anyone.
A big thumbs up!
For more information, to view the new menu or to book a table visit
Frankie & Benny’s, Capital Quay, Trafford Road, Salford, Manchester, M50 3WL
0161 877 4738