Federal Café in Manchester has sneaked in right on the edge of the Northern Quarter and has fast become one of the most raved about spots in the city for all your coffee and food porn needs. This New Zealand and Australian style café prides itself on being independent and locally owned with only 30 ish seats, and a no-reservations policy, you have to time it right to get in there.
So why is it so great? You only really need to take a glance at their Trip Advisor reviews to see why, “what brunch dreams are made of,” “the best French toast ever,” You can see why they’re 9th out of 2114 places to each in Manchester. However, I am a firm believer that you have to try these things for yourself, and boy have I.
The place has a brilliant no-frills approach which means you instantly know the real effort goes into producing delicious things in the kitchen. The food is consistently great, it looks great and it tastes great. I also like that you order at the counter, with the selection they have on the menu it actually works in my favour that I had time to be indecisive without being pestered at the table. They also have cakes on the counter so really everybody wins.
The menu is changed on a regular basis so keep your eye on their website to see what they’ve got on. Essentially if you’re looking for a bread, egg, bacon and avocado combination then these guys have got you covered. I’ve gone for both Benedict and the Smashed Avocado off their menu and neither disappointed. You can even order a brunch cocktail, I mean who doesn’t love a screwdriver with brunch?
The introduction of Fed After Hours means until 8pm you can enjoy cocktails, gin, wine, beer or you can stick to tea and coffee.
All in all, if you hadn’t figured it out yet, I flipping love the place. I’m definitely not telling you anything other people already haven’t about how decent it is.
Still not sure? Check them out online.
The scores are in…
Venue 7/10 (only because I could do with it being twice as big)