Nui: from Sicily to the Trafford Centre

Do you find a surprising number of people proclaim themselves to be
‘savoury’ people? I suppose it’s expected for women to go mad about
chocolate, probably after shoe shopping and a bit of moaning about men.
But actually most girls would choose a bag of Kettle Chips and some
nice crusty bread over a bar of Dairy Milk most days.

I’m not
really big on cakes or desserts (although naturally I don’t say no),
but I think this is the first review I’ve done where I’ve thought about
the dessert more than the main course afterwards. So let’s do a
backwards review, why not?
Nui cakes Sicily Trafford Centre

The cakes at Nui at the Trafford Centre
are a little piece of heaven – well actually they’re a little piece of
Sicily flown over once a month. And I can say they’re damn fine with
some authority because I went to Sicily for my honeymoon and sampled
rather a lot of these confectionery. Sicilian cakes often look very
brightly coloured and sickly but in fact are truly delicious.

One of the favourites, which was tried in Nui, is a circle of pastry covered in chocolate, which is then stuffed full of ricotta cheese and the sides folded up together (pictured). A lot of people aren’t sure about this cheese business, but it’s a sweet ricotta. You know, like marscapone is a cheese but mostly used in desserts. During my sweet treat fest I also tested a chocolate mousse dessert, which was light and fluffy and tasted a bit like Angel Delight, so a thumbs up there.

Nui has recently opened in the Trafford Centre, and their homecooked wares aims to bring a taste of Sicily to the shopping masses. The restaurant is run by a local family, who are originally from Palermo, the capital of the island. They already run a restaurant in Haslingden, Rossendale, but have just made a brave move out to the Trafford Centre where independent restaurants often have a tough time. However if anyone does want fresh homecooked food, at least now there’s the option. It would be nice to see them try out a little trattoria in the city centre, as I don’t think there is a Sicilian restaurant anywhere.
Nui Trafford Centre meatballs Sicily

Before the cake indulgency session I ordered the Polpetti Siciliani (£6.95), which was a dish of beautifully moist and seasoned meatballs, in a rich tomato sauce with peas. It was served with a chunk of bread and a salad. A nice dressing sparked up the salad, but it should have been served on a plate because trying to eat it from a small bowl made bits fly all over the table.

Starters came from a ‘snack’ section on the menu, and the Arancinette Misto (£2) were six very small rice balls with a variety of fillings. They were pleasant enough but the larger Arancine are generally better for tasting all the flavours and getting a better texture.

The menu is nice and simple, which a good selection of basic choices, ideal for a quick bite while out shopping. Our waiter was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, which was a good job as he turned out to be the owners’ son. Nui also has a snack cart in the Barton Square section of the Trafford Centre, selling coffee, ice cream, cakes and other snacks.

Nui, Unit K15, The Orient, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8EH.
Tel: 07501 468 284

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