Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Manchester
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Manchester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 304 restaurants in Manchester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Manchester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Manchester Restaurants
Chinese restaurant in Manchester
1 Lincoln Sq - M2
Wing Shing Chu’s well-known destination in a city-centre office block “attracts the celeb set with its well-executed Cantonese and extensive wine list”. “Yes, it is more expensive than Chinatown, and if you happen to want the less salubrious bits of the various animals (which I do now and then) you do need to go elsewhere”, but both the “crossover cooking” and service are “excellent”.
. The Lime Tree
British, Modern restaurant in Manchester
8 Lapwing Ln - M20
“Still, after all these years, our favourite restaurant in Manchester” – this “totally charming” Didsbury brasserie “never lets you down in any department”. It’s “a real institution in the city” and for a number of reporters “Manchester’s best restaurant”: “the food is consistently beautiful without being over-elaborate and the service could not be better, with a relaxed feel”.
Indian restaurant in Manchester
Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Spinningfields - M3
“My daughter in law (born in Delhi) says it reminds her so much of Bombay food – and that is really high praise!” These “high energy” replicas of Mumbai’s Parsi cantinas are “quite exceptional” for a chain, with Indian reporters feeling “nostalgia for my childhood… the noise, the bustle, the products on display in the loos!” “The evening queues are deeply tedious” (“you can only book for 6 or more”) but the payoff is “exceptionally flavoursome Indian street-food with a difference”, “a fun cocktail list” and “a real buzz”. “Breakfast with a twist” is another option and it’s easier to get a table. Top Menu Tips – black dhal, or, for breakfast, their “reinvented bacon butty” – “a bacon naan with spicy ketchup is a great start to the day!”
. El Gato Negro
Spanish restaurant in Manchester
52 King Street - M2
“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’!”
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