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“Velvet Restaurant”
Review of Velvet

Velvet
Ranked #249 of 2,421 Restaurants in Manchester
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Velvet Restaurant & Bar is located on Manchester's Canal Street, just a 5-minute walk from Piccadilly railway station within close proximity to China Town and Piccadilly Gardens. Starting life as a humble textiles warehouse at the beginning of the 1900's producing, storing and distributing fabrics during Manchester's industrial revolution. Fast forward to the early nineties and Manchester's vibrant Canal Street Velvet Restaurant was born, following it's success Velvet Bar opened it's doors above the restaurant to patrons in the mid-late nighties. Since then Velvet Restaurant & Bar has undergone many updates and improvements, the most recent being a complete refurbishment of Velvet Restaurant completed at the end of 2017. The new look Velvet Restaurant & Bar offers visitors a modern, relaxed dining experience in the heart of one of the cities busiest districts.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Visited here last night.

We arrived into a busy restaurant on a Saturday night which was very nicely decorated. We were then met at the bottom of the stairs by a waiter who lacked a simple smile and welcome. He then pointed to table rather than show us to it, even TGI's have better welcome service than this...

That same waiter lacked politeness all night, the others that assisted him with drinks/food were nicer, so possibly just an unlucky chance that we got this waiter.

The menu was printed on a huge piece of cardboard that automatically got me thinking that this is a chain restaurant and not somewhere with individuality.

We tried the fish cakes & piri piri prawns to start & ordered some bread with oil & balsamic. The bread was dry french baguette, not fresh as you'd expect from a top restaurant in Manchester. The fishcakes were nice but lacking in quantity, 2 small Fishcakes to a portion that cost around £6. The mayo that came with them was also good. The prawns were that cheap rubber king prawns supplied my supermarkets, sauce was creamy & spicy and would've been a good sauce to enjoy with quality fresh prawns.

The choice on the mains was poor, pizza, burgers a few mains but no market dishes or specials at all..

So, We both went safe and had steaks, my wife had the fillet which was a nice thick cut, served with nice home cooked chips. I tried the T-Bone steak, which was slightly overcooked to medium, but I ate it anyway and didn't complain as the beef was still tender even though lacking in a pinkish colour.

The steaks were surely the saving grace before offering this place 1 or 2 stars.

In conclusion:

Service ruined by 1 horrible waiter
Food average at best
Expensive for the standards of the food

Good atmosphere
Busy

Velvet restaurant was disappointing and shouldn't be one of the top restaurants in Manchester.

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Thank David G
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Haven't been to Velvet for a while but went for a friend's birthday and had a great time, going early evening I thought it would be very quiet but it was perfect, we were served quickly and everyone did everything they could to make it an excellent meal with very high quality food.

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Thank VW2_12
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Today we had the pleasure of a great meal with a real nice atmosphere. Comfortable seats, not rushed. Exceptional service from Stuart and the team. They have just changed there menu, so I had the Angus Burger with hand cut chips. My colleges had Grilled Seabass with roast vegetables. I personally eat at this venue very often, it is such a nice place to relax and eat great food. The deserts are to die for!!

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Thank LeviBlount
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We visited this restaurant on Easter Sunday for my birthday. We were recommended this by a friend and we were not disappointed. We had a drink in the bar area to start, a very cosy and comfortable area, wine reasonably priced as well, the service was very friendly and the bar staff managed to find us a table at this very busy time. We booked a table at 7pm and the service from the minute we sat down was excellent, the food was excellent as well, very tasty and well presented. Definitely recommend and will be returning in the near future.

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Thank melandmag
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Matt went out of his way to accommodate two tourists in need of some good food. Thanks Matt! We were pleasantly surprised.

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Thank Robert E
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