Recently I met up with my friend Asha for happy hour downtown. We went to Manifesto Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar, Asha had been there once before, this was my first try! Although I can't say I'm a scotch drinker (insert, contorted icky face here) I'm always up for a good happy hour menu and catching up with a dear friend.
The atmosphere is very interesting and gives almost a cozy feeling in the heart of downtown. The walls are painted deep browns and the tables and chairs are rustic leathers. There are different quotes and artwork everywhere making it eclectic but not tacky. It's the type of place that you'll notice something different each time you go!
The service was a little slow to start, we sat waiting for our server for a good 10 minutes before they came over but they quickly remedied the situation by checking in on us frequently and offering us dessert on the house. Asha gave scotch a try, she is much braver than I, whereas I opted for the Bartenders Choice Cocktail which on that particular day was a light and refreshing spiked raspberry lemonade. It was definitely a welcome warm weather drink! Not too sweet or tart with just enough vodka.
|Spiked Raspberry Lemonade|
We each got flatbreads which are large enough to be a meal but I opted for only eating half and having a salad on the side (who says you can't wedding diet while eating out?!). I got the Steak and Gorgonzola Flatbread and the Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad. The flatbreads were different in that the bread is very thin and crispy giving it a great crunchy texture. The Steak & Gorgonzola had the obvious meat and cheese as well as roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, arugula and horseradish aioli. Don't worry non horseradish fans the aioli is very mild. All the flavors combined were very delicious and savory. There were a couple chunks of gorgonzola that were a little too big for the bite and overpowered everything but not meal ruining by any means.
|Steak & Gorgonzola Flatbread|
|Arugula & Goat Cheese Salad|
The Arugula & Goat Cheese salad was very good with roasted red peppers, croutons and a roasted red pepper vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was very tasty but not too overpowering and there was ample goat cheese, I hate when places only put a few specs of it on a salad!
The overall experience was good, Asha and I both agreed next time we want to try the patio when they open it or maybe sit somewhere near the windows to see the capital building and the sights around it. We were seated more in the back of the restaurant and it got rather loud and crowded. This is the perfect place to grab a bite and a drink before a show or concert at the Ohio or Palace theaters since it sits right next to Ohio Theater downtown. The happy hour menu is very reasonable, offering dishes and drinks discounted in most cases by half from the regular menu.
This is my first try linking up to urbanspoon to provide a review via my blog so here's to hoping it works!
This weekend its back home for a bridal shower and spending time with my parents and friends. I've got some more Local Foodie Moments and some new recipes coming up next!