“ Royal Exchange, St Ann's Square, M2. Tel: +44 (0)161 932 6666. „
During the day, it's a self-service café. From 5.30 p.m. it becomes a slightly more posher, with waiter service, and a very decent menu. They concentrate on a few dishes, which means they can concentrate on doing them well. It's in a relaxed setting, right next to the Exchange theatre. Ideal for a pre-theatre meal, and the assumption is that you'll only be having one course or two. There's a special price two-course menu. I opted for the potato gnocchi with cream and cheese sauce, which was very good, although both the deep fried prawns and the spicy chicken sounded delicious. Didn't manage a dessert, but it was hard to resist the almond and pear flan. Shame about the tea and coffee, both of which were average to not-nice. Price = £18.00 for 2 (just one course and drinks), so a bit on the expensive side for what we got.