Introducing Pesky, the Scandi-inspired pop-up over at Deansgate Square that’s slinging out scrumptious small plates, ‘drunken’ oysters and… seaweed martinis.
This new residency comes from ex-Alchemist bartender Zaide O’Rourke who, after spending some time in Sweden, set out on a mission to make seafood more accessible. With that, Pesky will be rustling up tasty dishes that’ll only put you back £4 to £10 each. But be quick, as the pop-up won't be around for long, closing on the 27th of March.
Balancing sustainability with creativity, the menu showcases a range of fish and ‘land food’ options. These include the prawn pancakes made using white cabbage, okonomiyaki and bonito, as well as the veggie walnut pesto fazzoletti. But the real star of the show? It has to be the oysters, which come served either with pickled rhubarb and herb oil or accompanied by a recommended shot pairing (hence the name ‘drunken’). The drinks list is also more than covered. Expect unique cocktails, including a cardamom whisky sour, as well as wines and beers (make sure to check out the sea kelp-infused pale ale).
As for décor? It’s been styled with nature in mind. Think calming, neutral colours, walnut furnishings and plenty of indoor greenery, as well as a hip, boho vibe. And while you dine, enjoy the smooth sounds of the DJ spinning soulful house and disco.
You can find Pesky at Deansgate Square from Wednesday to Sunday until the 27th of March. Did that tickle your fishy fancy? Then check out the best seafood restaurants in Manchester here.