Fine dining is an experience that everyone should try. Yes, it’s decadent, but for a special occasion it’s justifiable, and, in my view, so worth it.
On Saturday afternoon we took the boy’s parents to Manchester House, Aiden Byrne’s restaurant on the edge of Spinningfields. And if you’re wondering about the occasion, it was a Christmas present.
I’ve decided not to make this post a traditional review. Instead I simply want to showcase what was a delicious, 8 course tasting meal. It pushed us to the edge of our comfort zone with dishes and flavours that we would not necessarily order. That’s the beauty of a tasting menu – you might be surprised by what you enjoy.
Oxtail and onion brioche with bone marrow emulsion
Cured mackerel, grilled squid and squid ink risotto
White asparagus, palm sugar and confit pigeon
Roasted monkfish tail, fermented parsnips, smoked eel and Albufera sauce
Beer-can chicken, Jerusalem artichoke and vanilla purée, baby salsify
Rhubarb, rosemary and orange
Mango, passionfruit and pistachio
Macaroons and madeleines
Manchester House: 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BZ, Tel:0161 835 2557