Harden's survey result
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“The sister restaurant to the upmarket French at the Midland, provides similarly high quality food but at much lower prices”, and with its “top soundtrack” and “delightful garden style interior” (complete with its own tree) it’s both less buttoned-down and better-rated nowadays than its more famous neighbour.
“What a wonderful space – one part garden, one part house” – The Midland’s more accessible brasserie is a very high-ceilinged and atmospheric venue, complete with its own tree. Previously run by Simon Rogan, he cut his ties with it in October 2016, hence we’ve left it un-rated. Chef Robert Taylor, who joined in March 2016, remains however, and survey reports here were of “food that seems to have stepped up a notch, service that’s a real strength, and a bar that should not be missed”.
Simon Rogan’s more accessible brasserie – “perhaps the airiest restaurant in town, with massively high ceilings, a light cool interior, that all-important bar to achieve success in Manchester” (and even complete with its own tree!) – put in a more mixed performance this year. To most reporters it’s “another triumph for Mr R” – a “fantastic space” with “world-class” cooking. There were more critics though for whom “high hopes were somewhat dashed”, with gripes about “minute portions”, and “restaurant-in-a-hotel-syndrome”.
“The less posh part of Simon Rogan’s empire” – this “massively high-ceilinged” brasserie offers an opportunity for the ever more celebrated chef to “stretch his legs beyond the narrow focus of British ingredients”, to create some “vibrant and delicious” dishes.
Peter St, Manchester, M60 2DS
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Mon - Sat 11.30am - 10.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 8.00pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 8 pm