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This restaurant from former Noma chef Simon Martin is described as an 'informal dining experience serving a menu of ten to fifteen plates in quick succession'. The small (just 26-covers) evening-only venture opens in Manchester Life’s Sawmill Court this summer and is one of the city’s most hotly anticipated new openings.

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£203
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Simply the best” – Simon Martin’s Ancoats superstar continues to maintain the “outstanding all-round” form that secured its place in the history books in 2019 when it carried back to Manchester the city’s first Michelin star since 1977. “Sublime dishes are cooked with invention and precision” by the squadron of chefs put on display by the open kitchen (you can walk between workstations as the chefs are plating up). They deliver a £195 per person tasting menu, although you can fight the cost-of-living crisis with a cut-down version at £95 per person. Combinations are clever and each dish is intricately crafted. The contemporary space it occupies – at the foot of a modern block – is also full of drama, with a very high ceiling and huge windows.

Summary

£203
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Undeniably one of the UK’s top tables” – Simon Martin’s “fabulous airy space within the foodie hotspot that is Ancoats” shot to national fame in 2019 when it secured Manchester’s first Michelin star since 1977. On practically all accounts, “exemplary cooking” with an emphasis on fire and fermentation and British ingredients “comes out of that entirely open kitchen, and the team work methodically alongside each other to produce it”. “Flavours are knock-out and every dish is evocative of place and origin, with evident care and attention to detail. This level of refinement usually knocks all the oomph out of the produce (ahem, France, ahem) but here it only adds to it. Who on earth would carefully fillet and re-stuff a mussel? The result, in its bath of smoky butter, is amazing”. And “wine pairings are interesting and varied” too. “Being seated adjacent to the open kitchen and able to view the focused choreography of the chefs adds to the delight”“there’s such a great theatre and occasion”. With stardom has come higher prices, however, and doubts are creeping in about the ultimate level of value it delivers. One in six now consider it notably overpriced. The remainder that “it’s not cheap, but you pay for what you get”.

Summary

£203
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Best dining experience ever!” – Simon Martin’s Ancoats HQ won acclaim in 2019 for securing the city’s first Michelin star in 40 years… might there one day be another? Reports are uniformly full of the highest praise for the “outstanding experience” delivered here. “Fantastic Nordic-inspired dishes” are “assembled and cooked in full view and served by the chefs to create a unique and highly enjoyable culinary concept using exclusively British products”. There’s a “very interesting wine list pairing, but also a beer pairing which is likewise delicious”. “Top marks!” (In November 2021, the restaurant celebrated the hard-to-achieve award of 4 AA rosettes).

Summary

£169
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5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You know as soon as you enter that this is going to be something special”; Simon Martin guaranteed his place in the history books in October 2019 when this dazzling yearling secured the city’s first Michelin star in 40 years. “In part of Ancoats which has risen from waste ground in recent years, Mana looks like an anonymous office from the outside, with triple-height net curtains over the large windows, and almost imperceptible signage”. The interior itself is “beautifully designed” (by Chester design practice, James Roberts): “light and modern, with a breathtaking, completely open kitchen – you can actually walk between the work stations as the chefs are plating up”. “The chef trained with Rene Redzepi and brings back to Manchester some of his magic”“Nordic-style” cuisine from a seasonal tasting menu (which could be anything from 12-22 courses – shorter at lunch) that’s “challenging in parts” but little short of “exquisite”. “Contrary to fears that everything might be covered in moss, what’s striking is how many dishes seem like ‘real’ food – there’s a real flow to the menu, enhanced by excellent service, both from the actual front of house, and the chefs who come forward to serve some dishes”.

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Brilliant food including the best bread cou...
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"Brilliant food including the best bread course I've ever had."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 195.00 Always available 14
Menu2 95.00 Always available 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Sawmill Court, Manchester, M4 6AF
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday7 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑12 am
SundayCLOSED

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