My boyfriend and I booked a table here early last Friday, as we were due to be at the Academy for 6.30pm. We visit Manchester often and wanted to try somewhere a bit different, and we weren't disappointed.
The decor is great - moden and and quite simple, I'm glad they didn't go over the top with an American theme. The music however was a bit annoying though for me - overly themed.
We were seated and our orders taken quickly (don't mistake this for rushed) - we already knew what we were having to eat as we'd looked at the menu before booking. We both had the tasting platter (pulled pork, beef brisket and pork belly) with parmesan and truffle fires, plus we shared a mac and cheese. The food was extremely tasty - the meats were tender and full of flavour, and the platter came with a side sauce that was tangy but not overpowering. The fires were lovely, I've had truffle fries before that were too strong and made the portion inedible after a while, but the fries here were just right (I finished them this time!). Both of us finished our plates plus the side - the mac and cheese was absolutely delicious. Rich and creamy but not stodgy.
We didn't have the time or stomachs for any desserts or starters, but I would definitely recommend the restaurant on what we had. Our meal (plus one beer and a soft drink) came to £34 which we gladly paid. The staff were friendly but not pushy or intrusive - personally I hate being bothered constantly at restaurants so their service for me was great.
We would certainly return to try a few other things on the menu, and with it being so central it's very easy to find and drop in. A great place for something different than the usual Italian meal out!
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