November 2017: Aiden Byrne leaves Manchester House for D&D London. He will head up 20 Stories, D&D’s new 300-cover restaurant in Manchester.
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“It’s surprising Michelin have withheld a star” from this “fabulous” contemporary restaurant, on the 2nd-floor of a Manchester office block – a “lovely and open” space, whose “high ceilings, open ducting and industrial looks” are juxtaposed with some “very classy” and “innovative” cooking (from the 10-course and 14-course tasting menus, alongside which there’s also an à la carte). But despite consistently “outstanding” cuisine and “superb” service it was not to be, and, in September 2017, just prior to this year’s announcement of the stars, chef Aiden Byrne scaled back his involvement here (did he have a tip off?) promoting chef Nathaniel Tofan in the process.
“Buzz buzz buzz”, there’s “always a buzz” at this Manc-bling venue in an office block, combining a 12th-floor cocktail lounge, with a very contemporary 2nd-floor restaurant, where you can watch the chefs in the open kitchen. Some reporters do find it “overpriced” but on most accounts “Aiden Byrne’s cooking keeps going from strength to strength”, delivering “top class complex dishes with clean flavours”.
“Don’t let its slightly gimmicky reputation put you off!” This year-old, “blingy” office block venture – with “trendy 12th-floor cocktail lounge (limited views)” and “glam industrial-chic” 2nd-floor restaurant (complete with open kitchen) – is “very professional”, “very classy”, and Aiden Byrnes’s “ornate” cuisine is seriously “accomplished”. That all said, it can still seem a bit “forced”, not helped by the punishing “London prices”.
“At last, the decent restaurant Manchester has been waiting for!”; with its “clever, innovative and fun” menu, and its “cool and relaxed” style, Aiden Byrnes’s new venture has – on most (if not quite all) accounts – made a simply “stunning” début.
Manchester House is home to Chef Patron Aiden Byrne and his long serving team. Aiden’s career is steeped in traditionalism and his flavour combinations stay true to classical marriages.
But, like Manchester House, he delivers his creations in unique and unexpected ways
Aiden Byrne was raised in Merseyside and comes from a humble background. Head Chef by the tender age of 22, he has worked in many Michelin-Starred establishments including Adlards, Tom Aikens, Pied A Terre and The Commons.
Aiden spent a long time in London mastering his skills and focusing his passion. Yearning to move closer to home with his family, Aiden opened Manchester House with Living Ventures in 2013 . A passion project which has won Aiden both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. Aiden can always be found at the stoves in Manchester House.
Manchester House Restaurant Diner Reviews
"If you like high ceilings, open ducting and the industrial look, this may be for you but for a restaurant aspiring to the highest culinary standards, I was unimpressed by the barn like appearance. Food on the other hand is very good, if overpriced and delivered at a pace which doesn't really do justice to a tasting menu. (The first 3 courses come together which gets you off to a flying start!)"
"A "holier than thou" atmosphere which was quite a downer. The food lacked zing and taste and the service was lacklustre. The room is over designed and not at all welcoming"