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.

INFO
Nui, Unit K15, The Orient, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8EH.
Tel: 07501 468 284
E: info@nuipassion.com
W: www.nuipassion.com

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