Chorlton is the area for grown up artisan living in Manchester. The crowd is relaxed, the vibe is easy and artisan seems to run in the water.
Nowhere embodies this better than the not-so-aptly named Electrik Bar. By day it's a café, by night a bar, but we find it the perfect place to get comfortable and relax.
I visited Electrik with my brother in law and Mother; we needed somewhere to catch up, but also grab a decent lunch. We seemed to stumble upon Electrik bar, which is pushed quite far back from the road, even though it is on the High Street. It was quiet enough to chat, but also had a low hubbub of chatter. Even so, about a third of the fellow customers were on their laptops, tapping away.
The atmosphere, though calm, was electric; there was a palpable hum in the air - an activity which made it feel like we were in the best bar in Chorlton.
Pulled pork burger
Food-wise we all had our fill of the modern British meets American-diner menu.
My brother in law enjoyed the Pulled Pork Brioche Bun - our own dirty sauce & pickles (£7.00). I tried the Ginger beer braised pulled pork, dirty sauce, slaw, pickles, sour dough and fries - (£7.50). It was finger-licking good, and a really good take on what might be a new British way of cooking. My Mom ended up sharing the spicy fries, with me and tucking into some of my food because I couldn't eat it all.
Graffiti on the doors
After two glasses of juice, I took a trip to the ladies and was greeted by an achingly-cool cubicle door which had graffiti all over it. Staff encourage creativity, and will offer you a marker pen, so you can share your Electrik experience.
Electrik Bar is definitely one of Chorlton's best eateries, but don't shout about it, you wouldn't want to ruin their 'too cool for school rep'.