Popular YouTube star heaps praise on Manchester bakery and café for 'absolutely mental' lunch

Rate My Takeaway visited Gooey in the Northern Quarter - and was left impressed
-Credit: (Image: Rate My Takeaway/YouTube: @RateMyTakeaway)


A popular YouTube star has praised a takeaway and café in the city centre for its ‘absolutely delicious’ selection of sandwiches and baked goods.

Rate My Takeaway, which is run by presenter Danny Malin, has more than 703,000 subscribers on the video platform and, as the name suggests, regularly travels across the country to review local takeaways. Since launching in 2020, Dave has tried everything from fish and chips and fried breakfasts to Welsh rarebit and rib sliders.

In his latest video, Danny visited popular Manchester haunt Gooey at their bakery and cafe on High Street in the Northern Quarter. Last year, the venue was heralded by American R&B singer Lizzo for its ‘ten out of ten’ selection of food.

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Visiting Gooey, Danny opted to order the French Toast, which is the restaurant’s biggest seller, alongside a roast beef sandwich, a caramel doughnut and a cinnamon swirl. After setting up his now recognisable camping table and chairs, Danny admitted that the order was ‘a bit on the pricey side’, costing him more than £30 altogether.

Tucking into the special sandwich, which consisted of Italian roast beef, red pepper pesto, pickled chillies and smoked mozzarella on a homemade ciabatta, Danny was momentarily left speechless after his first bite, describing it as ‘what dreams are made of’.

The special Italian roast beef sandwich, which Danny described as being 'absolutely on fire'
The special Italian roast beef sandwich, which Danny described as being 'absolutely on fire' -Credit:Rate My Takeaway/YouTube: @RateMyTakeaway

“The flavour of this, you put it in your mouth and it’s absolutely on fire,” he said in the video. “The bread, let’s start with that, it’s soft, with a slight crunch on the edge because you’re biting down through the layers. You start to get the pickle chillies, bit of basil here, then you’ve got the cheese. That beef is so soft and succulent and then you get to this beautiful sauce at the bottom.

“I paid £13 for that sandwich and, you know what, I'm not at all disappointed. The flavours are bouncing around on my palette, giving me that italian vibe you want from a sandwich like this.”

Delving into the £11.50 French Toast, which comprises house brioche alongside crème patisserie, dulce de leche, maple syrup and salted butter on top, Danny said the sweet breakfast dish was ‘up there’ with the best.

Danny was left speechless after tucking into Gooey's viral French Toast
Danny was left speechless after tucking into Gooey's viral French Toast -Credit:Rate My Takeaway/YouTube: @RateMyTakeaway

“Guys, this is a bit of me because it’s like a desert,” he explains in the video. “That’s amazing. Oh my god, that is absolutely fantastic.” He added: “ If this is going to wake you up in the morning, you're going to be bouncing down this street. The maple syrup is delicious. The flavour of that, absolutely mental.”

Since opening their first kiosk on Ducie Street in 2020, Gooey has regularly gone viral on social media for its doughnuts and cookies. The High Street café opened two years ago, and they now also have a base within the Selfridges store at the Trafford Centre as well as a Liverpool venue.

Describing Gooey's cinnamon swirl as looking like a ‘big pie’, Danny, who admitted to having a sweet tooth, said the pastry was ‘absolutely delicious’, with a ‘nice crunch to it’. Saving the custard doughnut for last, he said it ‘looked good and smelt good’, adding: “A beautiful vanilla custard packed inside a soft doughnut, covered in sugar. As they say, all things surgery is nice. Oh yeah.”

Danny said the cinnamon swirl was 'like a big pie' in size
Danny said the cinnamon swirl was 'like a big pie' in size -Credit:Rate My Takeaway/YouTube: @RateMyTakeaway

Recapping his visit, Danny said his trip to Gooey was absolutely worth it and recommended anyone to visit the spot. He said: “It cost me £30 but I'm telling you, when you come to places like this and you see the quality of the ingredients, what they’re putting together becomes an absolute delight and you’re eating it thinking ‘wow, this is delicious’.”

Speaking of the sandwich, he added: “For me, this is up there with one of the best sandwiches that I’ve had - it tasted amazing. It’s a nice, solid 10.”

You can follow Rate My Takeaway on YouTube here. Gooey is located on 103 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ.