The Grill on the Alley is the place to go if you want great seafood and steak, as well as top notch standards of service plus a vibrant atmosphere that guarantees an enjoyable night out. Seasonal ingredients are always a priority and the very popular steak of the month is a great opportunity to sample the differences in taste between the various breeds. The menu also offers more adventurous options such as ostrich. The fish and seafood is on display in the open kitchen, so you can see exactly what you are getting for your money. One of the great places to eat in Manchester.
El Rincon de Rafa is a must if authentic tapas with top quality ingredients, freshly prepared and cooked, as well as surroundings that will transport you to the Mediterranean, are what you are looking for. Some of the recommended items include the mini chorizo sausages, tortilla, meatballs, seafood (exquisite) and patatas bravas. The atmosphere is typically Mediterranean – full of action, and hustle and bustle. One doesn’t come here looking for fine dining service, but they certainly do if they want to give their taste buds a treat!
The Northern Quarter Restaurant has made a vocation out of sourcing local food – with dishes such as Dolphinholme goat’s cheese, Mrs Kirkham’s, Goosenargh chicken and Pugh’s Piglets. They offer an excellent a la carte menu and a brilliant value lunch menu, at an unbeatable two courses for £9.95. The Sunday lunch is also another offering, with Gressingham chicken, Cheshire lamb and beef and a comprehensive choice of vegetarian dishes. This is food like your mother would have made – often, choosing just one dish will be easier said than done.
Sam’s Chop House has been a staple of dining and drinking in Manchester since the late 19th century, and it’s still going strong. The dishes are traditionally British, wholesome and great value – two lunch courses are on offer for £11.99, with options such as brown onion soup covered with a Lancashire cheese crouton, or corned beef hash cake decorated with a poached egg and HP dressing. Nothing hits the grill until you ask for it, and seasonal ingredients are a specialty. Afterwards, maybe you will want to wash that delicious grub down with one of the establishment’s cask ales? There is also an excellent selection of wines to choose from. Another unique feature of this restaurant cum pub is that it has a bronze statue of the renowned artist who hailed from Salford, L.S. Lowry. This monument to his memory is permanently on display at the bar.
Second Floor at Harvey Nichols offers a range of dining options, with a brasserie (offering straightforward fare such as salads, sambos, pasta dishes or all day breakfast), restaurant and bar. Choose from the Menu Gourmand or a two course special while looking out at Exchange Square. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that the produce is sourced locally and there will be some unique finds on the menu. A post-dinner aperitif in the form of a Harvey Nichols cocktail is a must.