Popular Manchester restaurant Six by Nico has revealed its newest menu theme and it is one of the group’s most indulgent yet.
Inspired by the notion of ‘guilty pleasures’, Chef Nico Simeone has devised a new six-course tasting menu that celebrates some of our all-time favourite comfort foods and invites us to, in his own words, “take a trip down a delicious, greasy memory lane.”
New dishes span the likes of spaghetti bolognese, fried chicken, Nutella waffles and kebabs – albeit probably not served up quite as you might enjoy them at home.
Further dishes feature fun names like ‘Straight from the Can’ and ‘Fish Supper 2.0’, with Chef Nico putting a clever spin on things as always.
From a spaghetti bolognese made with pork and octopus, fregula sarda (a type of pea-sized pasta from Sardinia) and a pecorino foam, to lamb kebabs comprised of spiced suckling belly, pickled white cabbage, rose harissa emulsion and a cucumber chutney, expect to see your home favourites elevated to a whole new level.
Case and point: the whimsically named ‘Straight from the Can’ will actually be anything but, coming out as a delicately composed plate of tuna ceviche, pickled watermelon, Tokyo turnip, bonito flakes, dashi jelly and avocado puree.
Elsewhere on the menu, a traditional fish supper is given a fine dining lift with capers, raisins and caramelised cauliflower joining Scrabster cod and curry sauce; whilst Nico’s take on KFC (NFC) combines chicken with his own ‘NFC’ crumb, leg roulade, barbecued corn, Hen Of The Woods and a black garlic emulsion.
Finishing on a sweet note, household favourite Nutella seems set to make an appearance in the final plate which combines chocolate and praline cremeux with sour cherry stroopwafel and creme fraiche.
Speaking on the new menu, chef Nico said: “One of life’s greatest pleasures is eating wonderful food, and with Guilty Pleasures, we invite our customers to take a trip down a delicious, greasy memory lane.
“Our new six-course menu is packed with food that we all secretly love, from ‘junk food’ favourites and hangover cures that we can’t live without to comforting foods that we feel ashamed to eat.
“Its pure indulgence at its best one mouthful after the other”.
Available from Monday 20th September – Sunday 31st October 2021, there is also a vegetarian version of the Guilty Pleasure menu available on request.
Priced at £32 per person, with a paired wine flight costing an additional £26, reservations are open now for the new menu Monday through Sunday from midday.
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.