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Manchester is considered to be one of the trendiest cities in the United Kingdom. This stature has been enhanced by a huge improvement in the standard of restaurants over the past decade. Here are the best spots on Manchester’s culinary scene.
Michael Caines MBE is arguably one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs with two Michelin-stars to his name. Therefore, it would be an erroneous not to visit Manchester’s own Michael Caines Restaurant, located in the Grade II listed ABode Hotel. It has won a host of awards including ‘Manchester Restaurant of the Year’ 2008 and 2009 and boasts an elegant design that exudes a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. The kitchen, headed up by Executive Chef Robert Cox serves innovative European cuisine, inspired by Michael’s tutelage. With main courses priced from £18.00, you can marvel at the creativity on show such as the roasted Isle of Mull scallops with pork crackling and wild garlic. Michael Caines at ABode Manchester – with a champagne bar located within the environs – is undoubtedly a premier fine dining institution with the city.
Michael Caines, ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, UK, +44 (0)161 247 7744
As the restaurants name suggests, Australasia offers a culinary exploration into contemporary Australian cuisine, fusing European traditions with gastronomic influences from Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Japan. Chef David Spanner has made a huge impact since he joined last year, creating waves within Manchester’s culinary scene. Visitors can enjoy his enthralling mixture of dishes including potato and wild mushroom wonton with pea purée, sweet soy and saki broth. Also you can select something cooked on Australasia’s robata grill such as BBQ lamb cutlets with soured cabbage. In addition to this delicious range, the restaurant’s interior is absolutely stunning, combining modern design trends with rustic and natural touches, such as the beautifully white tree decorations reminiscent of Australia’s gum trees. Overall, Australasia provides an outstanding dining experience.
The French at The Midland Hotel was once a hugely opulent place to dine, yet as time passed it lost its lustre. What the hotel needed was someone with a stardust quality to revive the restaurant. In 2013, Rogan took over and was able to completely re-energise The French, to such an extent that it is now the most decorated restaurant in Manchester with three AA rosettes. This is no fluke for his other restaurant L’Enclume, situated in Cumbria, was very recently ranked the best restaurant in the country for the second successive year by the 2014 Good Food Guide. So The French is thriving once again, serving the most outstanding modern British cuisine, and it surely is only a matter of time before it acquires the much coveted Michelin star.
Aiden Byrne is noteworthy for being the youngest ever Michelin-starred chef. Emboldened by his success, he decided to open an ambitious and dazzling fine dining restaurant in Manchester. The restaurant and lounge is situated on two floors of Tower 12 in Spinningfields. The former is situated on floor two where you’ll be greeted with a minimalist room with an open kitchen at the epicentre. Byrne’s establishment excels at delivering modern and awe-inspiring British cuisine. There is an impressive vegetarian menu as a well as an mouthwatering a la carte menu for the carnivores. Importantly the famous chef is often present, making sure that his kitchen meets the extremely high standards that he has set himself. There is a great theatricality to the proceedings – with the aforementioned open kitchen – yet this is place where there is substance as well as style.
Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, UK, +44 (0)161 835 2557