I came across a new restaurant called Lost & Found on instagram. Open for 3 months now, they purposefully fly under the radar but seem to have a focus on really interesting food so I thought I’d give them a try. I’m a sucker for a new independent….
I met my friend CB at the inconspicuous looking eatery on Heaton road. Apparently the space used to be an antique shop and the frontage was restored by the owner. Slightly confusingly the sign says ‘E.F. Pretswell and Sons’, but the eagle-eyed will spot the Lost & Found decal on the window and the sandwich board outside.
They have a great cocktail menu to go with their small plates evening menu but as it was 10am we settled on OJs and flat whites. CB is lactose intolerant and they made her a superb soya milk flat white with Pink Lane Coffee; she’s a coffee snob and commented on how good it was. Those with allergies are well catered for, they even offer vegan pancakes.
There’s a lot of brunch competition in close proximity to Lost & Found including Heaton Ingredient, the Wild Trapeze and the Butterfly Cabinet so I was interested to see what they had to offer.
The interior echoes the quirky frontage and is very ‘vintage,’ they’ve aimed to combine 1920’s style with nods to the owner’s oriental heritage. The food is modern with a focus on quality ingredients and luxury – think truffle oil, earl grey smoked chicken and honey roasted butternut squash.
The breakfast/lunch menu is presented in the style of a telegram in keeping with the vintage style of the place and consists of a variety of quirky dishes including the intriguing sounding wild mushroom, prosciutto, watercress, poached eggs & truffle oil.
CB knew straight away what she wanted – poached eggs with parmesan, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, chilli flakes, spinach & hollandaise served on a thick slice of homemade brown, white or sourdough toast (£6.20, add bacon for £1).
My horseradish scrambled eggs were delicious; creamy, rich, slightly salty and the horseradish added a unique flavour to the dish. It wasn’t overpowering or hot as horseradish normally is as they’d just added a small amount. It’s a great idea, one I’ll definitely try at home (they won’t taste as good though – I don’t have that special scrambled egg skill that only chefs have!) The smoked salmon was great quality and watercress was the perfect partner to break up the richness of the fish and eggs. A couple of minor gripes were that there was no lemon served with the smoked salmon despite it being in the menu and the toast wasn’t served with butter (but this was brought over quickly when I asked for it).
CB tucked into her eggs, slicing into them to reveal the deep yellow runny yolk of top quality, corn fed hens. She thought asparagus was a great accompaniment and not usually seen on brunch menus, and the chilli flakes added a kick to the hollandaise, which was a little thick for her liking but the crispy American style bacon topped the dish off perfectly.
We were getting pretty full but brunch is all about indulgence so we couldn’t resist sharing some s’mores pancakes with nutella, biscoff, fluff and toasted marshmallows (£8.20). As well as being the stuff of instagram #foodporn dreams, this was one of those treats that makes you happy with every mouthful. Nutella pancakes were smothered with layers of biscoff caramel biscuit spread and marshmallow fluff and some of the biscuits were crumbled on the top for good measure. We couldn’t finish them as they were very filling (and we’d already eaten the other dishes!) but thought they were a great naughty treat.
While we were there a good mix of punters came in – students, business people and the like all settling down for coffee and breakfast. I’d like to come back in the evening to sample their tapas style evening menu, which has more of an oriental feel to it. The dumplings are supposed to be out of this world……and the cocktails sound great too. I’m glad I found this little gem!
We were provided with a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review, however the opinions expressed in this article are honest and true to experience.