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“Bring back the previous head chef!”
Review of Linen - CLOSED

Linen
Price range: $26 - $40
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Peter Street
Transit: Deansgate
Description: Linen Restaurant is now James Martin Mancehster
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Gone are the days when Linen tantalised my taste buds all the while creating a visionary twist.
Having been one of my favourite haunts in Manchester, I was sceptical about returning having found out the head chef had departed. I should've paid attention to my scepticism as the food failed to live up to my expectations.
Pigeon starter, beetroot houmous was lovely however the pigeon slightly tough. Cumbrian lamb was sent back - upon ordering the waitress politely stated that it would arrive pink - however it was cooked through and was tough. The waitress brought it back - the meat was nice however there was nothing spectacular about the presentation of the dish.
Haddock risotto - no different than what I could conjure up in my own kitchen.

My review may seem overly pedantic however my expectations stem from the quality that Linen once provided.

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Thank Carol G
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Sophie B, Guest Relations Manager at Linen, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments, We are sorry that on this occasion the restaurant did not meet the expectaitons of your previous visit. Our head Chef Jarda has been here since April now. If you would like to discuss your experience further with our restaurant manager please call us on T0161 828 0345

Thanks a lot

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you want a meal a step away from the tables it's perfectly. However would not recommend as purely a restaurent. Food was ok, restaurent atmosphere ok but no more.

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Thank rs91
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Sophie B, Guest Relations Manager at Linen, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Hi there.

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry that you only felt your experience was OK and did not WOW you on this occasion!

We hope that the positives out weighthed the negatives and you do come back to visit again.
If you do please let us know so the restaurant staff can ensure we exceed your expectations.

Thanks a lot

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Reviewed January 27, 2013


Good cocktail to start - always a positive way to start your evening!
Pigeon and squid starters really good - mains of Cumbrian lamb and veal saltimbocca also good. Cheese course bit dull.
Busy but in a good way. Waiters ok at first then seemed to disappear.
Didn't expect to have to walk thru casino to get there but interesting clientele. Taxi driver told us lots of footballers go there. Certainly some very footballers' wives types in here. Enjoyed the atmosphere - suits a fun night/ celebration rather than romantic night I think.

Thank Aziz R
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Sophie B, Guest Relations Manager at Linen, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! All comments will be passed on to the restaurant and kitchen team - we are sorry that the cheese did not meet your expectations and will look in to the reasons behind this.
This restaurant is very popular for a fun night out!
If you are wanting that romantic special night though we have a wine boutique room that you could ask us about if you come in again!

Thanks!

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Fantastic food. Wonderful service. My steak was perfect - one of the best restaurants in Manchester.

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Thank MrBobBob
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Sophie B, Guest Relations Manager at Linen, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Glad you enjoyed your steak! Come again soon!

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Went for a works Christmas dinner the food was excellent and the service was faultless. The waiter was very attentive making the usual Christmas do into a special night. Looking forward to going back.

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Thank Colette W
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Sophie B, Guest Relations Manager at Linen, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

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