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Summary

£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deservedly Manchester’s top destination” – this “vibrant” operation (which made the move into town from Ripponden three years ago) delivers a superb all-round experience. “It’s the buzzing ambience of this multi-level townhouse and the great cocktails that really seal its appeal” though: “their sherry-tinged takes on an Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini make for a heady evening and the bar operation is slick, further boosting the vibe”. Quibbles? – service under pressure can be “slightly chaotic”. And although many diners say the tapas “is to die for”, one or two reporters feel its repertoire is “classic” rather than utterly inspirational.

Summary

£47
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4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still smashing it” – this “throbbing and bustling” operation remains the most commented-on place in town, and “feels like it’s been around for years” even though it only made the move from Ripponden two years ago. The “stylish and splendid” interior “shows what a big budget will deliver, and the buzzy atmosphere is ensured by the droves of customers”. On the menu: “Spanish small plates with a North African influence”, which provide “an excellent tapas feast – not quite the magical heights that modern tapas can sometimes soar too, but terrifically good nevertheless”. “If you’re lucky enough to get a table on the open-roofed top floor on a pleasant evening you’re in for a treat”.

Summary

£46
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4
Very Good
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5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The hype is justified!” – This “dazzling addition to the Manchester restaurant scene” (which moved into town last year) is THE destination in the city-centre right now (and Manc’s most commented-on venue in this year’s survey). A three-floor operation incorporating bar and rooftop level, it serves Simon Shaw’s “creative small plates, in Spanish style and with Moorish influences” and despite the odd quibble that “it’s not as good as the smaller, tighter set-up it was in Ripponden” most reporters feel its tapas is “some of the best ever”. All this popularity also brings a few negatives though – at peak times service can become “disorganised”, you run the gauntlet of “inhospitable door nazis”, and “some diners have a touch of the Harry Enfields about them: ‘I am considerably richer than yow’!”

Summary

£47
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Manchester’s gain is Ripponden’s loss” and after less than a year, Simon Shaw is already looking to expand his “slick, very large city centre operation” (adding 50 covers in the rooftop level), as it proves “a fantastic addition” and one “offering a different experience on each of its three floors”. “It being Manchester, there is a serious bar-element to the business”, and “it’s a great place to eat or just enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles”. “Scaling up the food production from Ripponden to King Street does not seem to have been a problem”“the majority of the tapas are not merely correct, but excellent” – and overall this is “a successful transfer to a cracking new site”.

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A great family lunch for al 6 of us. Kids a...
Reviewed 9 months,

"A great family lunch for al 6 of us. Kids and adults ????"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £15.00

Tapas / Dim Sum

Starter Main Pudding
£5.50 £7.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
52 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LY
Opening hours

Last orders: Mon - Thur 10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 pm, Sun 9.30 pm

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