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Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli
Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli

Whilst the city may be bafflingly overlooked with each new edition of the Michelin Guide, possibly leading to the loss of Simon Rogan from The French, (2 Stars at L'Enclume, and 1 Star at Fera London), as well as Michael Caines from the ABode (2 Stars at Gidleigh Park), there are plenty of other top chefs bringing their Star recipes to the city.

Executive Chef at La Bandera, Josetxo Arrieta, has a background of two 3 Star Michelin restaurants in San Sebastian (Restaurante Akelarre and Restaurante Martín Berasategui), as well as the 2 Star Restaurante La Galupein in Urt, France. His Tasting Menu is one of the best in the city.

Aiden Byrne at Manchester House was the youngest chef to win a Michelin Star (aged 22 at Adlards, Norwich, in 1994), whilst Michael O'Hare and Luke Cockerill of 1 Star Michelin The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds, are the men behind Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs' Rabbit In The Moon, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Are Friends Electric? openings.

Also from Leeds, is the first British chef to win 3 Michelin Stars, Marco Pierre White, whose Marco's New York Italian at Salford Quays is currently riding high in our Best Restaurants in Manchester list, whilst fellow Yorkshireman James Martin, who learned his trade at various 2 and 3 Star establishments, is currently producing some of the best dishes in town at James Martin Manchester, his only restaurant.

Shoryu Ramen boasts chefs with a Michelin background from Hakata, Japan, whilst the latest celebrity chef to bring his Stars to town is the brilliant Jean-Christophe Novelli, who has won almost as many Stars as Adam Thomas could muster in "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here". Having previously written menus for Genting Casino's Fahrenheit (or 110 Restaurant, as it was known at the time), he was back in town to showcase his concept menu at Don Giovannis on Oxford Road with a delightful five course menu on the 17th January, with three more guest appearances planned throughout 2017.

If you missed out on the night, there's no need to worry as you can enjoy all the showcased Novelli dishes on Don Giovanni's a la carte menu, including the delicious Scottato Di Capesante (seared scallops with orange and vanilla reduction) and Brasato D'Agnello Al Barolo e Liquerizia (Barolo and liquorice braised lamb shank), our favourites on the night. ~ 17 January 2017

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Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester

B.Eat Street, the brilliant jumble of bars, micro diners, art spaces, sun decks and 'weird shit' at the Great Northern is sadly set to close on January 29th after disapointing footfall to its hidden location, since opening in July 2016. One of the most exciting projects to hit Manchester, you have just a few days left to visit and support the collection of independent food vendors, which include Big Grillie Style loaded grilled cheese sandwiches, Bali Beach Hut Indonesian street food, Dim Sum Su Hong Kong dining with a twist, Eat New York American street food and Indian Street Canteen, alongside three unique late-night bars.

The operators, who are also behind Junkyard Golf at Piccadilly, are making some big changes to create a new, unique events campus with some big events planned for summer, and maybe even a food fight. ~ 17 January 2017

Pintura Manchester
Manchester Hall

Whilst it's possible to read too much into an architect's CGI mock up, an amended image of the new Manchester Hall project, which will be located in the 1920's Freemason's Hall opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's, indicates that the popular Pintura Basque Kitchen & Gin Bar will be bringing their delicious pintxos across the Pennines from Leeds. The original image previously featured the signage of Cielo Blanco, a Mexican tequila bar and restaurant also from the same Leeds operator, who are celebrated for the city's famous Jake's Bar, Oporto, and Neon Cactus as well as the Portobello Star in London which is home to their Ginstitute gin hotel and Portobello Road gin distillery. Closely related to Mojo, another Leeds export, it looks like they're going to make great neighbours, although opening (if it does indeed happen) should be at least a year off with work still taking place to convert the building to house two other top restaurants, a rooftop bar and boutique hotel, with the Freemasons keeping a floor for functions and conference. ~ 17 January 2017

Real Junk Food Project Manchester
Real Junkfood Project Manchester - Mary-Ellen McTague

The Real Junkfood Project, led by former Fat Duck and Aumbry chef Mary-Ellen McTague, have raised double their crowdfunding target for a new restaurant in Ancoats. Fighting food waste and food poverty, the not for profit community interest company sources food that would otherwise go to waste, cook it into nutritious meals, and serve them to everyone and anyone on a pay-as-you-feel basis. There is no news yet as to an opening date however they will be hosting a one night pop-up at Salut Wine Bar on 25th January. [click here for tickets]. ~ 13 Jan 2017

The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

A new charitable foundation has been established in the name of the late Tim Bacon, restaurateur and founder of Living Ventures, the Knutsford company he founded in 1999 with Jeremy Roberts, who now operate 15 Gusto restaurants, 5 Blackhouse Grills, 8 Alchemists, Australasia, Grand Pacific, Artisan and Manchester House.

The Tim Bacon Foundation recognises his achievements and aims to continue his legacy, echoing his legendary generosity of spirit and will support charities in the fight against cancer, the disease which he sadly lost his own battle in April 2016.

The first appeal to be undertaken by the Foundation, which is being overseen by Tim’s erstwhile business partner and close friend Jeremy Roberts, will be to support The Christie Hospital and University College London in their appeal to raise funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London and also for Maggie’s Centres.

Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy that can very precisely target certain cancers, increase success rates and reduce side effects. Its introduction to the UK will bring treatments closer to patients, mostly children with brain tumours, who are currently sent to the USA or Switzerland for treatment.

Maggie’s Centres provide much needed practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their families and friends. Maggie’s is a key partner for the clinical services at The Christie Hospital.

Several high profile companies have already pledged funds to help launch the Foundation’s inaugural campaign to raise at least £500,000 for the chosen cause during 2017, with founding Friends of the Tim Bacon Foundation including: Brasserie Blanc (whose pledge also comes in remembrance of their staff member, Rob White, who was treated at The Christie before also sadly passing away last year); New World Trading Company (the company Tim started, which operates The Oast House and Botanist restaurants); Hawksmoor; The Alchemist; Ego Restaurants; Gusto; Tortilla, and Blackhouse Grills.

Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures, said: “The Foundation will be conducting many and varied events during 2017 but the highlight will be in May when we will be celebrating Tim’s life and achievements with a unique multi-restaurant celebration dinner which will be sponsored by the Living Ventures Group and held across all LV businesses in Manchester city-centre. The dinner will be followed by the “Dream The Impossible” party in true Tim style at a secret venue in the city and featuring some truly amazing entertainment. Organisations can participate either by making a direct donation or by adopting the Foundation in 2017 as a nominated charity and raising funds through staff or customer initiatives. As Tim was very fond of saying: it’s onwards and upwards!". ~ 10 January 2016

New restaurants Manchester ~ Shoryu Ramen Manchester
New restaurants Manchester ~  Shoryu Ramen Manchester

Whilst it comes as great news that the seemingly architectually-blind Manchester City Council will be ripping down the Japanese designed ugly wall in Piccadilly Gardens, it comes as even better news that Shoryu Ramen's first branch outside of London, has opened at No.1 Piccadilly Gardens. With a kitchen lead by chefs trained in Michelin Star restaurants in Japan, the opening sees owner Tak Tokumine return to the city where he started his first business, way back in 1975. Specialising in tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka, this is without doubt one of the best new restaurant openings in Manchester during 2016. ~ 10 November 2016

James Martin Manchester
James Martin Manchester

Not content with his excellent James Martin Manchester restaurant at Manchester 235 casino, celebrity TV chef James Martin has announced he is set to roll out his James Martin Kitchen concept at Stansted Airport with a second branch at Piccadilly Station. Focusing on fresh and locally sourced ingredients with its roots firmly in the farms of Britain, the "premium bakery" offers fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, making it ideal for passengers who want to eat in or to grab and go. ~ 3 November 2016

Adam Reid at The French Adam Reid at The French

3 Star Michelin Chef Simon Rogan has ended his contract as Chef Patron at The Midland Hotel’s two restaurants, the 4 AA Rosette The French by Simon Rogan and 2 AA Rosette Mr Cooper’s House & Garden.

Fans of the two restaurants, riding high in our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, needn’t worry as his two protégés will take the reigns; rising star Adam Reid will retain the head chef position at The French, while Robert Taylor retains the top job at Mr Cooper’s.

The Great British Menu 2016 winning Adam Reid has been involved with The French since it reopened in 2013, helping it retain its Pride Of Manchester Award winning title of "Best Restaurant in Manchester" ever since, whilst Robert Taylor took over Mr Cooper’s after recently joining from Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House restaurant.

Adam commented: “This is a huge opportunity for me to showcase my own cooking style, which has been developing over the past decade. I want to make Manchester proud and ensure that The French will continue to evolve and impress its local and national customers.”

The restaurant will be re-named as ‘Adam Reid at The French’ from 1st November 2016 and re-positioned to reflect Adam’s vision and style in January 2017.

Simon Rogan added: “Our work with The Midland has been a great opportunity and we’ve built something very special with The French and Mr Cooper’s. It’s now time to concentrate our efforts on developing and growing our businesses in Cartmel with L’Enclume and Rogan & Co. as well as ensuring that Fera at Claridge’s continues to be operated to our high standards.” ~ 1 November 2016

Adam Reid at The French
Adam Reid at The French

Mancunian chef Adam Reid has triumphed in the final of the BBC’s Great British Menu programme. The Head Chef of the 4 AA Rosette The French at The Midland Hotel won the honour of cooking the dessert course at the final banquet for the television show.

Adam’s ‘Golden Empire’ dessert of stewed Empire Apple with hazelnut crumble, meadowsweet custard and golden candy apples, will be served at The Great Britons’ Banquet at the House of Commons Members’ Dining Room. An elevated reimagining of traditional apple crumble, the delicate dessert is made by blowing an apple shape out of gold sugar and filling it with spiced Empire apples, meadowsweet flavoured custard and a crumble mix made with oats, hazelnuts and Demerara sugar. It's then surrounded with a granita made from Granny Smith apple juice frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Adam said: “It's amazing to actually gain a place at the banquet and cook for all the honoured guests. The competition was incredibly tough but I feel really honoured to cook with the other guys at the banquet and see my dish in such an esteemed environment.”

You can recreate the theatrical and culinary magic of The Great British Menu by tasting Adam Reid’s ‘Great British Lunch’, which includes all four of the dishes he created for the TV series. Available at The French, Wednesday to Saturday from 12.00 to 13.30 until Saturday 17th December 2016, priced at £75 per person. ~ 28 October 2016

What's On in Manchester

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Other Manchester Restaurant News
Popular Soho seafood restaurant Randall & Aubine are set to open at 64 Bridge Street in May 2017. The Anglo/French Brasserie, which specialises in sustainable seafood, is owned by Jamie Poulton and TV Chef Ed Baines and is popular with celebrities who dine on the outstanding meals beneath a disco ball. ~ 23 Jan 2017
Fazenda co-founder Terence Langley has teamed up with former Tushingham Moore and Allied London director, Andrea George, who was responsible for overseeing many of the restaurant property deals in Manchester and has now decided to venture into the industry herself, with plans to open Suri on King Street in March. Former London Savoy and Jamie Oliver UK Operations Chef, Guy Callister, who won 3 AA Rosettes whilst Senior Chef at Hotel du'Vin, will produce a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu for the presumably ready-to-go venue vacated by the very short lived Quill. ~ 23 Jan 2017
AA Rosette Worsley restaurant George's, owned by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs with schoolmates Kelvin Gregory and Bernie Taylor, celebrated its 3rd birthday on the 19th January with a party for friends, regulars and stars, including former team mate Nicky Butt, Coronation Street stars Kym Marsh, Katie McGlynn, Dolly-Rose Campbell and Sally-Ann Matthews, together with Hollyoaks favourites Jorgie Porter, Nicole Barber-Lane, and 'The Real Housewives of Cheshire' star Stacey Forsey. ~ 20 Jan 2017
The failed Beef & Pudding unit on Booth Street, which closed with group debts of over £4 million, is set to reopen in February as the The Directors Box sports bar, operated by the same people behind The Vine Inn pub opposite. ~ 18 Jan 2017
A new not-for-profit vegan cafe, The Manchester Vegan and Wellbeing Centre, will be opening inside the Three Minute Theatre on the ground floor of Affleck's Palace on February 1st. Open only during the daytime, all profits will be reinvested in the Square Circle Theatre Project, which aims to provide skills and celebrate talent among people with hidden disabilities. ~ 4 Jan 2017
Having undergone major structural refurbishment, the brilliant Hatters Hostel in the Northern Quarter, who operate Hold Fast, the current "Best Bar in Manchester" on, have just opened West CNR (West Corner), an all day American style deli-diner and cocktail bar. ~ 3 Jan 2017
With so many restaurants opening in Manchester, the sharp rise in cost of food and drinks since the Brexit vote and a shortage of quality staff, there's bound to be a huge number of closures in 2017. First to fall by the way side is Russian restaurant Baltic Cellar who are moving their Lloyd Street operation to Bolton. ~ 1 Jan 2017
The Oxford Street Bistro has opened at The Palace Theatre. Serving a casual international menu predominately for theatre goers, with the guarantee of being served before the show, it is also available to non-ticket holders accessing through the Stage Door bar downstairs. ~ 27 Dec 2016
Controversial Michelin Star chef Michael O'Hare has made the short journey from his Leeds restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain, to open The Rabbit In The Moon on the top floor of the National Football Museum. Owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, it is a funky 17 course fine-dining affair, with Head Chef Luke Cockerill serving up Oriental inspired dishes in a graffitied hip hop environment. The dream team have also announced two other restaurants, set to open in the former Stock Exchange in 2017; The Man Who Fell To Earth, will be a more formal affair, set in the building's stunning ballroom-style hall, whilst Are Friends Electric will be a rooftop restaurant with an open kitchen. ~ 22 Dec 2016
The short-lived Filthy Cow burger bar in the former Lounge 10 unit on Tib Lane has made way for Bock, a Belgian beer cafe owned by the same people behind Ma Boyle’s and Ma Egerton’s pubs in Liverpool. ~ 19 Dec 2016
Yet another export from Leeds to Manchester is the wonderful Bundobust, which has taken the rather unfashionable basement unit vacated by Buffet Metro on Piccadilly Gardens. The multi-award winning vegetarian Indian street food kitchen and craft beer bar opened on 14th December. ~ 14 Dec 2016
Having won Spinningfields The Kitchens' competition, street food butcher Bangers & Bacon are set to open their new permanent restaurant, Beastro, in the former Leftbank canteen with a January opening in the pipeline. In the meantime, their pop-up is still open at The Kitchens. ~ 13 Dec 2016
Panama Hatty's have opened one product concept pop-up restaurant Featherblade in a previously unused area of their Brown Street basement, just a few doors away from the brilliant but failed Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte venue, which offered a similar concept. Here though, you get a featherblade cut of steak for just £10. On opening, it was heavily criticised for copying London's Flat Iron restaurant, even stealing their logo and menu designs, with exactly the same dishes, prices and layout (all since changed after causing a social media meltdown). ~ 11 Dec 2016
Chorlton's The Laundrette (who are also behind the secret Washhouse speakeasy at Shudehill) have brought their combination of cocktails and carbs to the city centre with The Laundrette First Street, found next to HOME, which boasts a huge pizza oven, charcoal grill and all weather terrace. ~ 5 Dec 2016
V Rev Vegan Diner has opened on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, moving from smaller premises on Oldham Street. Specialising in vegan junk food, they should fit right in with all the other "dirty food" outlets in the area and, needless to say, they are dog friendly. ~ 28 November 2016
London operator Drake and Morgan have opened their plush Scandinavian design bar and comfort food restaurant The Refinery by Drake & Morgan in Spinnigfields. It has no relation to popular The Refinery restaurant in Liverpool. ~ 28 Nov 2016
The owner of Mughli in Rusholme and Knutsford, Alderley Edge's The Railway Cafe & Gin Bar, and London's Queenswood and Damson & Co have opened Evelyn's Cafe Bar, an upmarket neighbourhood eatery, in the Northern Quarter premises vacated by Superstore. Chef Byron Moses (Podium and Southern 11) has created a healthy Asian-influenced all day menu. ~ 25 Nov 2016
Opening in the Northern Quarter spot that was previously the popular Lammars, is Brazilian-themed restaurant and bar, Favelas. The marketing blurb says it is "the first bug restaurant in Manchester", although edible insects have been on the menu at Thaikun for some time. ~ 2 Nov 2016
The council have given the go ahead to plans to convert the historic Mackie Mayor meat market on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter to a food hall ran by the team behind Market House in Altrincham. Confirmed artisan food and drink outlets include Atkinsons of Lancaster, Bao House, Blackjack Brewery, Fin, Honest Crust wood fired pizza, Katie's Cakes, Nationale 7, Reserve Wines, and Tender Cow rare breed steaks. ~ 1 November 2016
Opening the 28th October on First Street, from the same team behind the popular Dockyard MediaCityUK and Dockyard Spinningfields, comes The Gasworks Brew Bar (or "The Gas Works Brewbar", "Gas Works Brew Bar", or "Gasworks Brewbar" depending on which of their menus, signs, social media accounts or websites you happen to be reading). Offering the same industrial interior and pub grub, it comes with the added bonus of an on site six barrel microbrewery. ~ 28 October 2016
American street food diner, New Yorker, has opened on Portland Street in the former Beijing Chinese unit. Serving 100% Halal meat, you can expect hand smashed burgers, BBQ smoked chicken and dawgs, Belgian waffles, shakes, root beer and soda floats. ~ 12 October 2016
The team behind Chester's Sticky Walnut and Heswall's Burnt Truffle have opened a new crowd-funded bistro in Didsbury. Hispi serves up beautifully presented comfort food. ~ 9 Oct 2016

Special Offers in Manchester Restaurants

New Manchester Restaurants - Shoryu Ramen Manchester
Japanese restaurants in Manchester Shoryu Ramen ~ The first UK branch outside of London from the quality ramen chain ~ Dec 2016
American restaurants in Manchester Menagerie ~ Upmarket restaurant centred around a catwalk showcasing dancers and acrobats ~ Aug 2016
British restaurants in Manchester Grafene ~ Fine dining restaurant influenced by Manchester's scientific breakthroughs ~ July 2016
European restaurants in Manchester B.Eat Street ~ Manchester's largest collection of street food traders and bars ~ July 2016
European restaurants in Manchester King Street Tavern ~ Beautiful restaurant and spectacular rooftop in a restored 1872 bank ~ Dec 2015
Italian restaurants in Manchester Marco's New York Italian MediaCityUK ~ Modern Italian restaurant from Marco Pierre White ~ Nov 2015
British restaurants in Manchester Pier Eight ~ The Lowry’s brand new restaurant and bar offering stunning waterside setting ~ Nov 2015
Italian restaurants in Manchester Vapiano Corn Exchange ~ First UK restaurant outside of London from the popular pasta chain ~ Nov 2015
European restaurants in Manchester Banyan Bar & Kitchen ~ Stylish cocktail bar and restaurant in the revamped Corn Exchange ~ Oct 2015
Japanese restaurants in Manchester Cottonopolis ~ Popular cocktail bar with Japanese kitchen in the Northern Quarter ~ Oct 2015
Other new restaurants in Manchester include: ~ The Ivy Cafe (Rumoured 2017) ~ The Man Who Fell To Earth (2017) ~ Are Friends Electric? (2017) ~ The Alchemist MediaCityUK (Spring 2017) ~ Mackie Mayor Food Hall (Spring 2017) ~ Goose Fat & Wild Garlic (Spring 2017)~ Cafe Football at The National Football Museum (Spring 2017) ~ Real Junkfood Project (2017) ~ Randall & Aubin (May 2017) ~ Suri (March 2017) ~ The Manchester Vegan & Wellbeing Centre (1 Feb 2017) ~ Beastro (Jan 2017) ~ West CNR (3 Jan 2017) ~ The Oxford Street Bistro (27 December 2016) ~ The Rabbit In The Moon (22 Dec) ~ Bundobust (14 Dec) ~ Featherblade (11 Dec) ~ The Laundrette Manchester (5 Dec) ~ The Refinery by Drake & Morgan (28 Nov) ~ V Rev Vegan Diner (28 Nov) ~ The Gasworks Brew Bar (28 Oct 2016) ~ Evelyn's Cafe Bar (25 Nov) ~ Favelas (2 Nov) ~ Jamboree Foodfest (Nov 2016) ~ Mexica(28 Oct) ~ The Loading Bay (Autumn 2016) ~ New Yorker (12 Oct 2016) ~ Hispi Didsbury (7 Oct 2016) ~ The Refuge by Volta (Sep 2016) ~ Squid Ink (Jul 2016) ~ Chilango (Apr 2016)

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