A warm welcome greeted us on our first visit to 47 KSW in Manchester, having coupled it with a theatre visit to see the Lion King, this truly was an afternoon and evening of treats. Walking in after the infectious energy and brightness that was the wonderful spectacular of the show, the beautiful setting of this restaurant is a cool modern twist on an Art Deco theme, feeling both serene and sumptuous in equal measure.
We arrived during the 2 for 1 cocktail offer and I couldn’t resist my absolute favourite Kir Royale and my husband went for the classic ‘Old Fashioned’ recommended by Barry, partner in this Hymanson family run establishment with his dad Mike, brother Howard and mum Sherrie. After having sat in the cocktail bar area for roughly 20 minutes we were guided by one of the friendly waitresses to our table, as we were relatively early evening diners we were lucky to be placed in one of the curvaceous cream booths. The table was elegantly dressed with white crisp linen tablecloths akin to what you would find in an upmarket hotel restaurant. The lovely photo’s on the website make the restaurant look fairly large when in reality it’s quirky shape with the bar placed directly in the middle, bar seating to the narrow end and cosy bistro style restaurant at the larger end is very well balanced and gives definition for those who want to experience the delights of the cocktail bar, whilst being able to have a great chat or catch up without fear of upsetting any diners. The cocktail bar is a great place to start any night out, young or old.
I have digressed slightly (for those who know me, no surprise there!) the all important food…..an Evening A La Carte menu which has variety but is not over facing in the way that so many eateries are these days, where there is often far to much choice. Talented Manchester born chef Rod Francis has put together a well thought out menu that should offer any discerning diner a pleasant feast. I started with the pan fried scallops, mango & peanut salsa, air dried pancetta, writing this review a week later I can still savour the delicate flavours that made up this wonderful plate. For the main course I chose the Lamb rump with daupinoise potatoes, Mediterranean vegetable ragout, rosemary jus, with a side order of mixed greens with ginger; beautifully presented my lamb was perfectly cooked for me as I had asked. My favourite potatoes were a perfectly placed square of scrumptious taste with a nice crunchy top, the mixed greens comprising of curly cabbage, broccoli & courgette were a lovely compliment of zesty freshness and sat well both with my lamb and my husbands fillet steak. To accompany our meal we chose an Italian white Gavi, which was enjoyably crisp and vibrant. I have omitted reviewing my husbands choice of dinner because I believe he is going to write his own. For dessert another of my favourites Crème Brulee with the added twist of an apple crumble base, it was incredibly satisfying. It is rare that I manage three courses when out to dinner but every course is perfectly proportioned and the service relaxing and unrushed.
With panache 47 KSW provided us with the perfect accompaniment to a post theatre trip and I would highly recommend it. On entering and leaving this splendid establishment you may spy the Destination Florida advertising stand which is there to promote owner Mike’s philanthropic other love, a commendable charity which supports children with life long or threatening illnesses with the holiday of a lifetime. The charity is well supported by local celebrities and sports stars many of whom I believe pop in from time to time. Whether you are a local or visitor to the fine city of Manchester it is a definite ‘must do’ to add to your list. Although not a cheap night out, it was value for money given the excellent service, food and overall experience and I look forward to returning, I have my eye on their famous afternoon tea or traditional Sunday lunch, visit www.47kingstreetwest.co.uk I promise it will be worth it.
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