Reviews

Review: Tast Catala, King Street

Review: Tast Catala, King Street

MANA stole all the thunder at the 2019 Manchester Food and Drink Awards winning four out of five gongs, but what must be recognised is these were certainly the finest-ever line-ups in the top categories. ...

13 October 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Hawksmoor revisited

Review: Hawksmoor revisited

WE were a mite apprehensive approaching Hawksmoor along a Deansgate blocked off by Extinction Rebellion. Might a posse of plant-based apostles confront us at the door over our quest for steak and seafood? Bovine emissions ...

25 September 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Street Urchin, Ancoats

Review: Street Urchin, Ancoats

ONE national food reviewer has just sung the praises of Gary Usher’s neighbourhood bistro template: “No, there really is nothing extraordinary about any of these dishes. There is no story. Except for the much bigger ...

2 September 2019 by Neil Sowerby

REVIEW: Six By Nico’s ‘Mexico’

REVIEW: Six By Nico’s ‘Mexico’

WE trusted Glaswegian-Italian chef Nico Simeone knew his way around a deep-frier when he launched his first six course tasting menu in Manchester, ‘A Chippie Tea’. And as expected, his fine dining credentials shone through ...

28 August 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: New menu at Elnecot

Review: New menu at Elnecot

SMALL plates ought to be a boon for a reviewer. A busy procession of different flavours offering a multi-sensory kaleidoscope of a restaurant’s capabilities makes for an equally comprehensive write-up. In theory yes, but then ...

6 August 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: El Camino in The Cotton Factory

Review: El Camino in The Cotton Factory

FIRST impressions on our return to El Camino? Why hadn’t they mounted a set of lucha libre wrestling posters, as we’d recommended on a preview visit? OK, there were concessions to Mexico in what is ...

1 August 2019

Review: Canto summer menu, Ancoats

Review: Canto summer menu, Ancoats

WE always equate the Portuguese with a sense of adventure. All those 16th century mariners voyaging blindly into the Atlantic Ocean and beyond – Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartelomeo Dias. Each time we bite ...

24 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Mr Cooper’s, The Midland

Review: Mr Cooper’s, The Midland

OUR long overdue return to The Midland Hotel’s ‘other restaurant’ coincides with the announcement of a new Simon Rogan restaurant project up in The Lakes – Henrock at boutique hotel Linthwaite House. A little under ...

18 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Tampopo, Corn Exchange

Review: Tampopo, Corn Exchange

WE went with the best intentions to explore the vegan/veggie options (they have separate menus for both) at David Fox’s basement celebration of South East Asian cuisine but couldn’t resist the allure of old favourites ...

11 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Lunch at Kala, King Street

Review: Lunch at Kala, King Street

‘ELITE Bistros’ is catchy but a contradiction in terms since the French model for such a casual eaterie always veered towards a scuffed, mix and match ambience, treasured by regulars with similar credentials. Elite is ...

27 June 2019 by Neil Sowerby

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