The interior was already pretty plush and only needed minor updating. What had changed from last time was that already there were more people in, and it was still early Monday evening, a quiet day normally. So it seems like it has paid off to get a celeb chef in. (Although he won't be actually in the kitchen for the majority of the time - the head chef is actually Douglas Crampton formerly of highly rated Anthony's in Leeds and James Martin's Leeds Kitchen.)
|The private dining room|
Stosie Madie's Parfait. (If you've eaten it you'll know what I mean although that is mushroom to be fair.)
Azurmendi, you may as well give up ever eating it again. It's probably an unfair comparison though, this is a solid dish if only slightly over done.
|Nice veg & mash.|
James Martin Manchester235 though I think is better for it, unlike some recent openings, it's not searching for stars and failing, it's after that middle market, and for me it's pitched absolutely perfectly. The food is honest, decent, modern British food, dependable and good quality for what it is. Nothing to scare the horses as it were. You could take your parents there - if they were paying that is.
Consequently, I think this restaurant will prove to be a huge success in Manchester.
So, I managed to go through the whole review without making a gambling pun. What were the odds on that?
Atmosphere: Busier than Linen was.
Lighting and music absolutely perfect.
Star dish: Thai Crab risotto.
Soundtrack (as played): Shoulda - Jamie Woon.
* We didn't pay for this review, but as you can see it made no difference to my hopefully constructive criticism and opinions above.