Dough is a pizzeria/Italian located on High Street in the Northern Quarter.
This modern restaurant has a sleek theme in it’s layout. There are two floors to the restaurant; downstairs being for booked out parties. Dough is quite a large, spacious place which equates its size well with lots of seating and an open kitchen area.
Although, as soon as we walked through the door, asked if we had a reservation and were seated. After a few minutes pondering the drink menu we were then asked what we would like to drink. I was glad when I received Coke-a-Cola in a glass bottle as this is the best way to drink it.However, with the two seater tables, the seats are no facing, but more so next to one another. This was okay until a waitress seated a table in front of us which felt uncomfortable as I was just staring at the other table straight in the face. In the end I moved my chair so I was facing my boyfriend which felt more comfortable.
To start we decided upon a Garlic Pizza Bread with melted mozzarella. This is located in the side dish menu, but can be also become a starter upon request. The garlic pizza bread was a perfect size for two, three at a push. The base was very light and just crisp around the edges. The bottom wasn’t too soggy with oils and had a slight crunch when you bit into the bottom of the base. The right amount of garlic was laced on this pizza bread. In some restaurants, there is either too much or too little garlic riddled into the dough, but this one was just enough for the light salted hint of garlic. A very delicate dish.
For my main I chose the Steak Gnocchi. This dish had all my favourite foods in one meal. Steak, mushrooms, wine, sundried tomatoes, the lot. When the waitress brought it out it was still sizzling in the cast-iron dish it had been cooked in, which I felt was a very nice touch. When it came to the gnocchi pasta itself, I was very pleased. Gnocchi are little dumpling style pasta balls which can, in some places and from supermarkets, be too stodgy and doughy. However, these gnocchi pieces were very light in texture which meant that I could finish most of my meal. The sauce that the pasta was cooked in was also very delicious with a nice tomato base to it. The steak, for a pasta, was up to good standard as the steak they used was frying steak, but however, it was quite chewy at times with some strings of fat, which I politely chewed on, to not cause a fuss. However, for a steak pasta, I would recommend to someone looking for a nice substantial pasta dish, if they do not fancy a pizza.
My boyfriend opted for the safe option and ordered a Americano pizza, which is just pepperoni, but also added jalapeños as we like a bit of heat. However, as the jalapeños were cut fresh and not pickled like in other restaurants, the heat proved a little too much. He ended up picking most of them off after a while. If you are keen on spice, then I recommend getting jalapeños on your pizza as an extra, but if little heat or no heat, then do not ask for them as they are very, very spicy. When given a bite of this pizza, the dough was lovely, a little doughy, but not too much and like the garlic pizza bread, just crisped enough around the edges.
Dough has very experimental flavours when it comes to pizza, which is fresh as not many pizzerias would take the initiative to use ingredients such as butter nut squash on their pizzas. Also, one that took my eye was the breakfast pizza; which is pretty much a fry up on a pizza base. If I were to go in again, I think I’d definitely try it just out of curiosity. I commend that Dough have been experimental with their pizza flavours and obviously gain a lot of custom from it as the table opposite to us opted for the butter nut squash pizza and I overheard ‘it being delicious’.
For dessert I chose the Sticky Toffee Pudding. As a Sticky Toffee lover, I have had this dessert at at least 10 places, and only one has stuck in my mind (Edwardian Raddison, Manchester). However, with out a doubt the sticky toffee pudding at Dough was one of THE best sticky toffee puddings I have ever eaten in my life. The pudding came out warm, coated in sticky toffee with a sccop of gelato ice cream to accompany. It was a huge serving to top off the goodness which was already on my plate. I sunk my spoon into the rich sponge and it glided through with ease. For such a densely tasting pudding, I could not believe how light the sponge was in relation to its flavour. I could have eaten that dessert 10 times over and I can safely say that THE place for sticky toffee pudding is at Dough. Fantastic craft work of such a traditional dessert.For £4.35, this is a steal.
My other half decided to opt for the Vegan Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Blondie. A Blondie is a brownie, but without the chocolate, usually made with white chocolate, but in this case peanut butter. I could smell the peanut butter blondie from the other side of the table. Like the pudding, the brownies came out warm with a single scoop of gelato, this time being pistachio, instead of the classic vanilla. Both brownies had perfect textures; the brownie being soft and moist, and the blondie being nutty with a flapjack kind of texture (One of my favourite). The gelato was perfectly creamy as gelato better (in my opinion) to traditional ice cream as we all know as it is prepared using thicker cream and is whipped so it has a smooth, silky texture. The slices of the brownies were huge, both twice as big as I imagined on paper, in triangle form. For yet again, £4.35 I couldn’t believe the quality in which these desserts were prepared, presented and tasted of.
Overall, Dough is very good value for money. A steal even when I think of the quality of the desserts alone. Which I would very much walk in just to get by themselves. I recommend Dough for either a party or a dinner date for two. It’s theme is very romantic and it isn’t the place you’d go with your parents unless for a very special occasion. The layout, as said, is very efficient and fits well with the style of food served. The service was good, but I would like the waitresses (as nice as they were) to stop asking me if everything is okay when I’m half way through eating my meal with food in my mouth. It is just very uncomfortable for me, but with a simple “yeah, it’s great thanks” they leave you alone. The quality of the food was outstanding and it is obious they take pride in the food they serve.