Red's True Barbecue has apparently come to Manchester to rescue us from the bad British BBQ (what, who doesn't like burnt sausages in soggy white baps?). Located on Albert Square in what used to be Livebait, they've installed traditional American smokers and grills and decorated the whole place like a bad 90's barn dance.
|St Louis Ribs|
Taste wise, Red's food is perfectly ok; if you like salty, smoky, sweet meat doused in slightly cloying sauces. It's the cooking skill that's all wrong - one meat item being dry would be passable as a fluke mistake, however all three (starters and both mains) was unforgivable.
|Half a chicken|
Apart from that we were served by a series of nonchalant and not very tuned in servers, who must have been hired for their looks because that was the only thing going for them. And I'm not even going to start on the enamelled dishes.
All in all the only thing I like about Red's is their clever marketing campaign, which says a lot about the place - all style, no substance.
Cost for one starter and two mains (sides come as part of the mains) - £30.40 plus drinks and service.
Ps No photos, it's way too dark in the venue to take any so I've nicked 'em off Red's website. Please note, our food didn't look anywhere near as good as these staged shots.
Food - 5/10
Atmosphere - 7/10
Service - 6/10
Value for money - 7/10
Total - 25/40
Go again - No thanks, they're not doing anything special.
Reds True Barbecue, 22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5WA - 0161 820 9140.