“ 108 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ,Tel. 0161 8327115 „
The Northern Quarter Restaurant
108, High Street, Manchester M4 1HQ
Date of visit: Saturday 6th December 2008
As it was my birthday, we decided to do some Christmas shopping in Manchester city centre, and then go for a meal. All our usual restaurants were fully booked, so after perusing a number of review sites we decided to try the Northern Quarter Restaurant.
One advantage that it had immediately was that the menu wasn't just Christmas fare which we often find at this time of year.
The food is classed as modern British, bistro style. The restaurant is small, with wooden tables and chairs. Despite a high ceiling, and a number of larger parties, there was still an intimate feeling.
To start I had a tapenade, tomato and goats cheese tart, served with mixed salad. My husband had beef Carpaccio, again served with green salad and parmesan shavings. All the starters were around £5-6, and there was a good mix of meat, veg and fish.
For main course, I chose one of the specials: thyme and lemon roasted poussin, with chestnut and redcurrant stuffing, roast potatoes, sweet potato mash, broccoli and chipolata sausage.
My husband had confit of duck served with garlic mash and red cabbage.
All mains were approx £15 (the only exception was beef wellington which was £24), and again there was a good mix of meat, vegetarian and fish.
There were 6 desserts to choose from, I had chocolate and pecan brownie, and my husband had the sticky toffee pudding. The later was good, but not as good as the Lime Tree in Didsbury. Again they were all around £5. As we are greedy people and don't go out much, we also shared a plate of cheese, which at £6.50 was quite expensive, but we did get 6 cheeses to try.
The wine list was good, with an excellent range of wines. We chose a rose rioja for £16, which again was excellent.
Overall the food was of an excellent quality, and good size servings. The staff were attentive without being hovering. Service was prompt despite a couple of large parties, and we were never left waiting for food. I would highly recommend this restaurant, if you are looking for something a bit more special.