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Cheshire Life Men in Business Luncheon - Neighbourhood Restaurant, Manchester

PUBLISHED: 14:04 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 19 January 2016

Neighbourhood Lunch

Neighbourhood Lunch

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Cheshire Life's businessmen's lunch at Neighbourhood in Manchester, was a culinary treat with a distinctive New York vibe

The bar is buzzing as our Cheshire Life businessmen’s lunch gets underway - and that totally suits the Manhattan vibe of a venue that has taken centre stage in Spinningfields ever since it opened its doors two years ago.

It goes without saying that Neighbourhood suits the fashion quarter of the city very well and it proved the perfect place for a gathering of some of Cheshire’s impeccably turned out movers and shakers.

General manager Antoine Mano tells me the bar is an important part of the establishment in its own right: a place to down a cocktail or two after work, or enjoy an aperitif before dinner and judging by the lively atmosphere bar-side prior to the main event, it was easy to see why. Great service and delicious wines easily got everyone in the mood for freshly cooked dishes with an edge of NYC cool.

‘A lot of what we do is based on a melting pot of influences found in the neighbourhoods of New York. Mexican influences, some French, some European. It’s very much what you would find in New York eateries,’ explains Antoine.

Interior of NeighbourhoodInterior of Neighbourhood

‘We do try to promote the sharing style of dining as well as we think it is a lot more convivial and relaxed style of eating, however we do cater for both.

‘We are also bringing in more raw items and are one of the leading restaurants for bringing back things like steak tartare, we’ve got some amazing oysters on the menu and do a lot of tuna. But we also have favourites such as fried chicken and a lot of amazing steaks. The menu is very versatile. We are very much about creating an experience for people.’

Antoine explained that the luncheon was all about showcasing exactly what they do well, hence a menu by new head chef Yal Chin that kicks off excitingly with tapas-style sharing plates.

Up first are deliciously creamy parmesan cheese beignets complimented by a dip with a subtle kick of grain mustard. There followed the beautifully fresh flavours of lobster tacos served with red cabbage slaw and sweet pepper ketchup. Fried chicken came in the shape of chicken lollipops that guests dipped into a coriander lime mayonnaise and a surefire hit were the mini burgers.

Ashley Williams (Business Relations Manager) and Antoine Mano (General Manager)Ashley Williams (Business Relations Manager) and Antoine Mano (General Manager)

For mains there was a choice. Salt baked corned half chicken drew rather envious glances from those who had ordered elsewhere off the menu, as it was huge! The elegant combination of lemon, garlic and rosemary took this dish onto the kind of sophisticated level that would have appealed to those ladies who lunch of Manhattan, no doubt, but those who had placed orders for an 8oz New York strip steak would not be disappointed either. It arrived with delicious Neighbourhood fries and perfect al dente broccoli. A total anytime classic.

Antoine tells me Neighbourhood has its own pastry chef, which is one more than most establishments in the city who prefer to bring in sweet treats from outside. The evidence of their chef’s skill appears in the shape of a Neighbourhood Assiette, a trio that includes a supremely melting chocolate brownie, a fresh spongy marshmallow that bears very little resemblance to the shop-bought rubbery stuff, a stunningly fruity creamy cheescake served in a small glass and a crisply crusted warm lemon tart.

As mid-day turned into mid-afternoon we began to drift reluctantly away from this terrific venue. I’m not sure when everyone else will be returning to soak up the fantastic vibe - maybe for brunch, which is another Neighbourhood attraction - but I’ll wager for many, soon won’t be quick enough.

One of the Main coursesOne of the Main courses

To start

Lobster tacos, red cabbage slaw, sweet pepper ketchup

Mini bBurgers 3 wagu slider

Chicken lollipops coriander, lime mayonnaise

Parmesan cheese beignets, grain mustard dip

To continue

Salt baked cornfed half chicken lemon garlic and rosemary

8ox NY strip steak served with Neighbourhood fries and broccoli (pepper sauce optional)

Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese

“Accessories” Neighbourhood fries, sweet potato wedges, broccolini

To finish

Neighourhood assiette: chocolate brownie, marshmallow, cheesecake, lemon tart

Thank yous for goody bag treats to:

Belstaff Manchester for candles 0161 834 8986

Pocket chief for fabulous pocket squares www.pocketchief.co.uk

Neighbourhood Restaurant, The Avenue North, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BT

0161 832 6334 www.neighbourhoodrestaurant.co.uk

Opening times: Sun - Thu, 11.30am - 1am, Fri - Sat, noon - 3am

Lunch - one course and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink, £9.95 Monday-Thursday noon to 3pm

Book now for the Festive Menu, from December (earlier bookings may be taken on request), £38.50 per person - a selection to share of favourite appetizers with a festive twist for the whole party to share. The booker will also get a £50 voucher for a party of 10 or more.

Sharing plates from £7, grilled steak from £16, desserts from £8.50.

Sunday lunch for sharing £15 per person

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