We decided on a quick lunchtime foray into Didsbury, where I took the opportunity of visiting "Fred's Deli" on Wilmslow Road, to buy a few Polish Cheesecakes - a childhood favourite. The Didsbury Brasserie is almost immediately opposite.
It is decorated in typical cafe bar style and has an informal atmosphere with people coming in as much for coffee and a chat as to eat meals or snacks.
The menu is not extensive but does contain a variety of predominantly French styled meals. We chose from the particularly attractive lunchtime fixed price menu which offered two courses from a variety of starters and main courses.
I started with chicken liver pate - delicious, and almost a meal in itself, served with salad and French bread.
Main course was a cassoulet - which turned out to be unlike any cassoulet I'd had before. This a hearty bean and sausage dish which was rich in tomato and herb flavours - perhaps a little too herby for my taste. I'd expected a rather more earthy, simple dish. Nevertheless, it comes as a pleasant surprise to be offered a variation on a theme. In fact, I would say that it had more of a Mediterranean or Provencal style about the dish than I would have expected. Almost Italian, with the rich tomato and herb sauce.
The food was washed down admirably with draught Stella Artois.
The service was efficient and friendly.
The coffee - I ordered a double expresso - was absolutely excellent - 10/10!!
Overall a very pleasant bistro meal. Recommended for lunchtime value. The a la carte menu also had some promise.