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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
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
£££££
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”.

Summary

£169
£££££
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 newcomer 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 double (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 choice of 15-course or 18-course tasting menus 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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Mana Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Mana Restaurant in M4, Manchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Mana restaurant.
Sumit G
Yummy food with a number of oustanding flav...
Reviewed 28 days ago

"Yummy food with a number of oustanding flavours and dishes. Super friendly staff; and spacious layout (maybe a bit too spacious) with all tables facing the open plan kitchen so can see Simon and his team work. Simon also presents some courses, and so there's a chance to speak directly with him."

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Chris D
Loved the place and the service was very go...
Reviewed 6 months, 4 days ago

"Loved the place and the service was very good but the food…… disappointing. Almost all the dishes had a single element dominating which unbalanced things. Every dish felt like there was a good dish hiding under the dominating element and the raw materials seemed tip top. Maybe got them on a bad day."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 155.00 Always available 16
Menu2 155.00 Always available 16
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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