I'd seen the BBC 2 series about chefs trying to get a Michelin star in Manchester, and when an opportunity arose to eat at this restaurant at The Midland Hotel it seemed a good opportunity to find out what all the fuss was about regarding Simon Rogan's cooking.
We ate at lunchtime and were offered an a la carte menu and a fixed price menu consisting of three choices for each course. A bit limited, but we were able to find something we liked for each course on the latter menu. The price was reasonable for the fixed price menu at £19 for 2 courses, £23 for 3.
To start we had ribs, or rather a rib, which was small but tasty. For main course we had a small piece of chicken marinated in soy and wasabi. Concerned about portion size, we ordered a side of chips. The other main course option other than cous cous was five-flavoured hake (orange, lemon, liquorice and two others I can't remember).
Portions were small, but very well cooked and presented. The largest portion was in fact the dessert, where we had a substantial and tasty peach melba, with another option being earl grey custard.
After three courses we felt full and well-satisfied. We had a good bottle of red wine with the meal - a little pricey but very nice.
The staff were efficient and very helpful.
Overall a very good dining experience.
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