539 restaurants in Manchester
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340 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6AF [Map]
The Midland, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS [Map]
Fancy a touch of French in Manchester! The renowned French restaurant at the Midland Hotel has a well seasoned reputation that goes way back, and in terms of décor and setting is everything you might expect it to be.
First essential is a maître d' called, naturally, Bruno. After that expect to find a menu that is unashamedly Gallic, together with a wine list to match. Not that the kitchen brigade shy away from helping themselves to English dishes, with Lancashire hotpot, and Cumbrian lamb with kidneys and sweetbreads well to the fore. The tortellini of chicken with wild mushrooms and black truffles soon transports you back to La France.
It is within the desserts range that The French really comes into its own, with such delicacies as stem ginger and rice pudding. Service is elaborate, to the point of flamboyance at times, and as with any decent French restaurant the napery, cutlery and glass are immaculate.
4 Lloyd Street, off Deansgate, Manchester, M2 5AB [Map]
Italian, Pizza & Pasta
Left bank, Irwell Square, Unit 5 Block A, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AN [Map]
Slug and Lettuce has a chain of almost a hundred bars spread across the country sharing a common love of serving down to earth, undemanding food and drink.
The group prides itself on offering dishes prepared using quality ingredients, and you should be attended on by attentive staff in a safe, welcoming and cheerful environment. The Slugs have something for anyone - breakfast for a lively start to the day, lunch for busy people, family meals or even a relaxing glass of wine to bring a tiring day to an end - all in a variety of modern and stylish settings.
The menu features old time English favourites such as Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages in buttered mash or fish pie made with Dartmouth smokehouse haddock, in a Devon cream and leek sauce, although dishes look to Europe and further afield to Asia for inspiration. A good way to start the enjoyment is by sharing platters of Southern fried chicken breast pieces, crispy potato wedges, garlic ciabatta strips, half a rack of BBQ pork ribs, wasabi vegetables with onion rings or some Greek mezze
Hearty steak pies, Thai curry with sticky jasmine rice or butternut squash with goats' cheese lasagne are amongst the more popular main dishes. Sandwiches or wraps - warm tortilla with chicken and Parmesan or aromatic duck in plum sauce - provide for those who prefer something lighter. They also serve burgers as well as tempting salads like salmon, asparagus or tomato and mozzarella. For children they have good old British standby sausage and mash, or pepper pasta and ketchup among other choices, all of which never fail to delight, particularly as some of them seem to have come out of a certain celebrity chef's Book of Forbidden Dishes.
Desserts appear in the form of raspberry biscotti, hot chocolate pudding or a creamy strawberry cheesesake. The wine list is well compiled and substantial. There are not less than seven French, three from Italy and some from Spain, Chile, Australia as well as New Zealand. Slug and Lettuce can cater for events including birthday parties, fashion shows, hen nights, wedding parties or just an enjoyable night out with a few friends.
Casual, International, Traditional
Gurkha Grill Restaurant, 196 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH [Map]
Some years ago I had the good fortune to be the guest of a Gurkha army contingent, working under field conditions and with unpromising ingredients. The memory of the food they served at table remains with me still. Whilst appreciating that the Gurkha Grill is not an outpost of the Gurkha Rifles, that their premises are streets ahead of what my lot had at their disposal, and that the ingredients they use can only be better than the ones I so enjoyed, it does not surprise me that the Grill is spoken of so highly. Perhaps it has something to do with the ability the Nepalese have to make the best of everything, for certainly what you will enjoy at the Grill will be the best that they can make it.
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