From the moment you arrive and descend the stairs, (this restaurant and bar are underground), the atmosphere of the place grabs you. The cocktail bar at the front was jumping and at 8 pm they were turning people away so I would suggest you book!
The friendliness of the staff was incredible, this is a restaurant that could rest on its laurels a bit, but Tom who served us was extremely knowlegdable about both the menu and the wine list, including recommending some very good wines. The only comment is the champagne list is a bit light, but there are a good number of very fine Australian wineson offer, it was just that this was my girlfiend's birthday, hence the champagne.
The food is available two ways, a starter and main course or sharing plates in the middle of the table. We went for a mixture of both and shared starters. As each dish was delivered it was explained to us, and tips were given as to how best enjoy the food. Although the restaurant was full we all felt that we received the right amount of service from Tom, and at no point were any of us looking for a waiter.
The main courses were sublime, I had the steak and it was just delicious. But the highlight of the evening were the desserts, would recommend the souffles they were worth the wait. They also took the time to inscribe happy birthday on my partners plate, and knew who to deliver it to, those touches put this restaurant above many others.
Oh, and also, try one of the cocktails, especially one that has "smoky" in the title, the whole theatre of how these are presented is amazing.
My only gripe, and it is a small one but hopefully the restaurant will read this, being an "English Knight" I would expect that ladies would be served first, this did not happen and was actually quite noticable.
Overall a fantastic experience, and we will return to Manchester just so we can return here.
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