2013 Manchester Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Journeys of Distinction
PUBLISHED: 13:48 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:02 30 November 2013
The nominations for the 2013 Manchester Restaurant of the Year. The winner announced at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester, on Monday October 28th 2013
The French by Simon Rogan at The Midland, city centre
The arrival at the Midland Hotels French Restaurant of Simon Rogan, one of the countrys most stellar chefs, was Manchesters big culinary news in a year of intense activity in the hospitality industry. His critically acclaimed menus, displaying brilliant inventiveness and deploying audacious flavours, have not only restored the grand Edwardians hotels fine dining reputation but lifted the gastronomic status of an entire city.
Opus One at the Radisson Blu, City centre
The former Free Trade Halls signature restaurant and glamorous Manhattan-style cocktail bar, set beneath a soaring, spectacularly lit ceiling, boasts dramatically theatrical decor in eye-catching reds, black and gold. The menu is simpler but no less exciting, making excellent use of the finest ingredients, many sourced locally, to produce a range of innovative British dishes presented in an appealing contemporary style.
Avalanche, City centre
For many Mancunians, Avalanche marks the return of fine Italian food to the place where it all began. For Isola Bella was the first Italian restaurant in the city centre and Avalanche when it opened last year brought great Italian food back to that same venue. Its a very stylish eaterie, but the food proves theres plenty of substance here too. Fish dishes are a speciality of their talented kitchen brigade.