Food and drink: West Corner takeaway, Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester

By Simon Donohue

It’s easy to miss the takeaway option at West Corner, the stylish American diner sitting where its name suggests in Stevenson Square.

The MEN’s Simon Binns wrote a couple of glowing pieces in one about the eat-in options but the takeaway will appeal to office workers who spend more time in the Northern Quarter and like to chop and change. Competition is stiff!

My limited geography and map reading training – I was a cub who opted out before scouts – leads me to work out that the takeaway door at West Corner is situated in its, erm, southern corner. Perhaps easier to say it’s on the right as you leave the main exit in the direction of Afflecks.

The range of sandwiches (£4) and soups (£7 with a sandwich) include my new favourite sandwich in the world. For a long time that was the NYPD at the long defunct Merv’s (top of Bridge Street), which introduced me to the joy of pastrami, dill pepper and mustard mayonnaise.

Now I’m smitten by the Reuben, pictured, which is similar in many ways but arguably more sophisticated. Best eaten toasted, it brings together (I think) pulled salt beef, West Corner ‘Slaw, West Corner Sauce and a slice of Swiss cheese. Delicious!

If hopefully constructive criticism were due, it would be that service can be a bit curt and unfriendly, and that I’d prefer my sarnie to be moved from toast platter to paper bag using tongs rather than ungloved hands. Maybe I’m just being picky. 

Drinks can be pricey too – £2.50 for a bottle of Coke when you can get a can for 75p at the nearby newsagent kiosk. Spread the love to all four corners of the square I say.

There’s load of choice in the Northern Quarter but it’s definitely worth setting your compass for West Corner.

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