Restaurant review - The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester
PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:13 19 January 2016
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One-time standard-bearer for cosmopolitan Manchester and haunt of the city’s beautiful and/or well-heeled. That was, of course, a whole other millennium ago, since which time Manchester has welcomed hundreds more restaurants. Yet RBG retains the same steel-and-glass sleekness it always had (enhanced now by a terrace) and, despite the competition, is still a magnet for beautiful urbanites. Our advice: get a window seat.
Good choice of 28-day and 35-day aged British beef, plus American USDA beef, salads, sharing plates such as barbecue ribs and pan- Asian nibbles and a specials menu leaning towards fish dishes. We chose starters of smoked haddock risotto (£8.25) - rice just right, crunchy leeks, perfectly-poached egg, nice balance of flavours - and chicken skewers (£7.50), subtly spiced, with mint yoghurt and salad in a lemon dressing.
Main course of lemon sole (£22) came expertly de-boned with a lemon butter sauce and chips a little too close to the low end of the skinny-to-chunky spectrum for our liking. A main of tuna au poivre (£18.95) was a feisty pepper-crusted tuna steak (nicely seared yet pink in the middle as requested) with Béarnaise sauce. Staple dessert of ice cream with Maltesers (£5) still hits the spot.
Friendly, informative..but there was quite a wait for our desserts.
Three courses for two people, with wine and coffees, around £100.
The Restaurant Bar & Grill, 14 John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6JR
0161 839 1999