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Bars and Restaurants

Published on December 19th 2005.


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Every week we'll post details of your feedback and experiences in Manchester's great (and not so great) bars and restaurants. No restaurant owners in town should get away with shoddy service and the one's that give you a great meal should be praised, so come on....tell us what you think!

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RESPONSES

The Trafford CentreDoes anyone ever eat out at the Trafford centre? just wondering as never see anywhere in that place get a mention, theirs some fantastic Restaurants. The first has to be The Brasserie @ John Lewis ive eaten their many a time always excellent service and super food, it shows as its busy every time ive dined. The second is Frankie and Benny's always busy at weekends and rightly so its simple but nice you cant go wrong! The service always happy to help and the management always welcoming. So please Readers go do yourselfs a favour go to Check out What The Trafford centre has to offer for excellent vaule and Service you dont get at some City centre restaurants.

Terry Baker

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Victoria in Altrincham finally got around to trying out the revamped Victoria as recommended by Man Con a couple of months ago in Alti on Bank Holiday Sunday. The idea was to have a bit of brunch, but the menu was fab (small but perfectly formed - decision time was hard), so I ended up having a very tender ribeye steak with all the trimmings including fat chips. Him indoors tucked into chicken with forcemeat stuffing sat in a puddle of yummy beetroot sauce, which was ideal for dunking my fat chips into. Only feeling a tad queasy from the night before stopped us from tucking into a rather tempting dessert menu.

I think the Victoria has got the balance just right between the gastro and pub elements i.e. people weren't put off coming in for a drink, whereas diners weren't squashed next to the drinkers ... in fact, the dining area was sadly rather empty. It's a shame that more Altrinchamites haven't discovered this gem on their doorstep! I'll happily drive there again for another meal. There was plenty of on street parking as well, though I appreciate this is a luxury only easily available on a Sunday. Mind you, it's less than 5 minutes walk from the station, and well worth a trip out.


Helen Beck

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Grill on the AlleyGrill on the alley---oh dear!--We agree with gordo's 'dry lobster' experience--looking forward to fresh lobster from the tank--we eventually recieved one that had obviously been cooked well before our arrival--dry,bland,tasteless--my wife was loath 'to make a fuss''-so we merely mentioned it to the waiter--''lot's of people have been saying that' was his reply--hmmmm £128 bill,for not much food--and poorly cooked- and a couple of drinks--very,very disappointed!

James Swift

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PureMyself and a friend visited PURE nightclub in the printworks the other weekend. I have to say all the hype about it is undeserving. I thought that it would be the type of club where they would have some kind of door policy. This is not the case, the people they were letting in were a disgrace. Lads in stripy jumpers, girls in huge gold earrings and the usual 'scally attire'. I felt truly uncomfortable with the behaviour shown by these people. I am not a crude nor a snob but when I am paying over £6 for a spirit and mixer, one would expect the clientele to be of a higher class. Does anyone else agree?

Sarah Haye

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RoomSome girlfriends and i ate at Room last week and i feel everyone should know what a fantastic restaurant this is. From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and welcoming (especially the receptionist Gemma ). We first had cocktails in the bar and gazed in awe at the huge lampshades. The bartender helped us with our choices and I settled on a 'kc and the sunshine band'.The bar was fairly busy but not so you felt crowded and with a relaxed atmosphere of after work drinkers and early diners. We were then politely guided into the restaurant and informed of the twists to the menu. The waitress clearly knew her stuff when it came to the dishes and each sounded better than the last as she described them, she also informed us of the champagne discount which i wasnt aware of and our party rubbed our hands at the thought of a bottle of LP Rose at very reasonable price. The service was swift and efficient and the food didnt let us down either. I opted for the fishcake with a cerviche of red mullet and a salad nicoise with seabass that was just delicious. We all had to agree that both courses were fantastic, but left us little space for desert. The staff were extremely patient when it came to splitting the bill 5 ways and everyone thanked us for coming as we made our way out. The whole experience was a pleasure and i will definatly be back in the near future.

Lucy Coulthard

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EastzEastI tried EastzEast on Friday night after seeing it advertised on here - I don't think I would have every come across it on my own. I really loved it - the atmosphere, the decor, the service and most of all the food. I am usually pretty hard to please in restaurants but when they turned the restaurant lights up when they saw me struggling to read the menu they were off to a good start! I wanted to try something different so went for a vegetarian starter ( Paneer Kebab) and it was absolutely beautiful as were the tray of pickles that came with our popadums - especially the garlic pickle. I went for a lamb and chicken balti for my main course but next time (which will be soon) I think I may try a vegetarian dish as they look very interesting. The only criticism was that we could have done with a little more time between courses as we got too full and the popadoms were a bit small but in no way would this stop me going back. I woke up the next day wishing I had brought my leftovers home with me. 9/10.

Jemma Fielding

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LammarsSssshhh, keep Lammars a secret!

Pete Smith

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StockWe took my family, who were visting Manchester for the first time, to Stock to show them just how fab Manchester is. What a disapointment! The food was uninspired, the waiter dropped a whole bottle of wine, the drinks orders were forgotten, the waits to be served the food, the drinks and the bill were interminable and when I wrote to complain about the appalling service I recieved no response. Dreadful place - food no better than pizza hut.

Rebecca Garrod

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The Lime TreeMaybe there are two Lime Tree Restaurants in Didsbury. When I went (9th Aug 2006) the service was below par. One waiter was impolite to say the least. The house dry white wine was awful. The starters were bland. The pasta main course was an oily mess. The dessert was quite nice though. The decor and ambience was a sort of a cross between a canteen and a doss-house. 2/10.

Sean Bodhrain

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San CarloJust read your email on the site about San Carlo and I totally agree!! The waiters are like the penguins in Mary Poppins who run round and round and up and down the tables!
I have been there a few times and the food is great, the setting is fantastic but the waiters (as pretty as some of them may be) are a bit too pushy, so much so that last time I went they got my starter AND main course wrong.
Keep up the good work!

Lindsay Shimka

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San CarloCouldn't agree more about the service, very arrogant. I suppose the writing was on the wall before they opened when a sign in the window declared that they were going to be a 'proper' Italian restaurant..! I went just after it opened and haven't been back because of the service. I suppose it will only change when they stop being busy and have to take note of why;-))

Steve Murray

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San CarloWow Jayne – have to totally agree!!! We have had an almost identical experience each time we’ve been – the last being my sister’s birthday at which 9 of us were fed and rushed as if we were on some conveyor belt – the food is fine but that is not the only reason you eat out – you want to talk, laugh and enjoy yourself – I totally hope u have sent the management a copy of your review – they are totally in it for the bucks!

Collette Walsh

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San CarloCould not agree more about San Carlo. OK but predictable Italian food, ruined by the erratic and indifferent service. Why do I have to be served by half a dozen different waiters? Ate there last week (again - hoping things may have improved since my last visit) and within 40 minutes had finished a three course meal!
There was a day when Italian restaurants were all about frenetic service and bellowing waiters - not anymore, things have moved on. You can get away with OK food if the service is faultless, but if the service is unprofessional, as at San Carlo, the food takes second place - what you remember and more importantly, what you tell other people, is all about the poor service rather than the good food.
Word of mouth counts for everything in the restaurant business. It may have something to do with the fact that since opening, San Carlo seems to have employed an increasing number of waiters & bus boys who cannot speak particularly good English, not a good idea in a big & noisy restaurant

Melanie Sumpter

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LammarsYum! What a fabulous restaurant! I have just discovered Lammars at the weekend. I feel as though it hasn't been advertised enough and has become a well kept secret. Shame really as I feel as though a lot more people would love it there if they knew about it. The Tapas was wonderful! I had a kebab consisting of king prawns, monk fish and sword fish! Gorgeous! I also had tuna balls and crab & lemon sole fish cakes. The decor looks very expensive and the mixture of styles is warm, inviting and friendly. The staff were a bit difficult to grab - but pleasant once you got their attention. A definite must for the Manchester social scene!

Justin Moore

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The Olive PressI visited last night and all I can say is awful. The service was appalling and the woman who appeared to be the manager was extremely rude to our table, I presume due to the fact that all of us were are in our early 20's.

I felt patronized and to top it all off the food was sheer boredom on a plate. I resented paying £13 for a sliver of dry chicken and a mound of uninspiring cous cous. Being owned by Heathcotes I expected more, yet we all left thouroghly disappointed without so much as a thank you or good bye from the loitering staff.

Vanessa

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Akbars went there last Saturday 22 July in a group of four. Two of our party had been the week before and enjoyed it so much they persuaded me and my partner to join them on this occasion.

I cannot recall having seen any reference to this establishment in your emails and thought it would be well worth checking out. We had an absolutley fab time and were very impressed with nearly every aspect of the place. Particularly impressive were (in order):

Value for Money

Table Service

Quality of food and presentation.

Keep up the good work !! Manchester Confidential is an excellect product and one I constantly recommend to everyone !!

James Henry

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I agree with most points in your article about Felicini, however, imagine my disappointment at fantasising all morning about a lunchtime pizza treat, only to get sat down, drink in hand and told they're not serving pizza today?!?!?

Rachel Tucker

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Having just returned ftrom Milan, I read the review with interest. Finding an Italian restuarant in Manchester that would come within a million miles of serving up the gorgeous food we were spiolt with in Milan is going to be nigh on impossible. Every "Italian" restuarant I have sampled so far have only slopped tasteless glop onto a dish and thrown oregano over it, so the review made this sound very promissing and well worth a visit. Well it would be, if we knew where it was. An address would be helpful.

Steve King

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Sorry to be negative but had a quick scan of your article and I have to completely disagree. Had lasagne here 2 weeks into opening and it was awful - lasagne - easiest freshly cooked pasta dish in the world. And there lies the answer, it was not fresh - the meat was drier than burger meat and the top was covered in low quality cheese. Crab for starter was prettyn poor too. Shame as the interior is great and service excellent.

Michael Howard

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Just need to say that after I'd calmed down agreed to their goodwill gesture - my sister and I went to Bluu for our free lunch. We had lovley meals and a nice bottle of wine which probably cost them a lot more than simply giving me my tenner back. But... Karl, the manager was very gracious and in an effort to be fair to them I have to say, they were very nice to us and I can't fault them for it.... it was good service recovery!!

Natalie Watson

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Have to say the the English Lounge is very hit and miss. When they are busy they are certainly not at their best. Took some friends there the other sunday and had to send back our sunday roasts as the meat was too dry and veg undercooked and they gave my friend a garlic balm cake (??) instead of garlic bread with cheese. The Manager wasnt too helpful either. When its good its very good but when they are bad its awful!

Hazel Sutheran

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Bluu Bar - I went to the bar at about 10pm. I ordered 2 Vodka and Diet cokes which came to £6, I handed the barman a £20 note. He gave me back change of £10. It was very busy and he was serving a couple of people at once. I said that it was £20 I had given him and he insisted it was £10. I had gone to the cash point before I went in to the bar, I only took out £30. The machine gave me a £10 note and a £20 note. It was all the cash I had on me. I was not drunk, in fact this was to be my first drink, so I know I did not make a mistake. He said he could get the manager, who said that the till would be balanced at the end of the night and took my number to call me on Sunday if the till was up. I explained what had happened but he was inclined to accept the barman's version of events. He indicated that if the till was not up, there was nothing he could do. However, I did point out that if the barman made other mistakes, then I would be left out of pocket. He simply shrugged his shoulders at this. On Sunday, I received a call from a female member of staff, who said "as we suspected last night, the till was not up" - clearly she thought I was lying! I know that I handed that barman £20, I am not stupid, nor am I some scally who thought she would chance her arm. I am thoroughly disappointed about the way the matter was handled and the way I was treated, which basically amounted to "Tough Luck". This was my first time to visit Bluu bar and as you can imagine I am not inclined to return. It took 3 e-mails to get a response from them and they have offered me a free luch for myslef and my sister...... ummm not sure I'll take them up on that one!!!

Natalie Watson

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Dr Livvy's in Manchester. Absolutely appaling. We asked for a bottle of wine and they told us that they had NO WINE in stock and I mean NO WINE. The owner had to go out Tesco to buy some. We stayed a little longer and decided to order a starter. We ordered the Thai Fishcakes which had no flavour (tasted like a microwave meal) and Jack Daniels Chicken Wings which tasted more like it was covered in a cheap sweet and sour sauce, plenty of MSG! We were offered an alternative to the Wine... which they called 'Fizzy Wine'..but we had to buy it by the bottle - turned out to be Jacobs Creek Fizz or something..so we politely declined... We choose to have some spirits instead. She came back with two glasses of spirits, one with no spirit in it and one with lime bits all over the glass. The final straw came when we asked for a the bill. It took about 20 minutes for someone to come over. We left soon after. This is definitely a place to go if you don't care about your dining experience. You'd be better off in Burger King. 0/10

Tasha Thoma

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I want to have a rant about the Mint lounge. We went there on Friday night and bought a round of drinks, i paid for them with a £20 note but was given change of a £10. I told her I had given her a £20 but was told it was not policy to rectify the situation until the following morning when the cashing up had been done. I asked to speak to her Manager who blatantly said she thought I may be lieing, this sort of thing happens all the time and I cannot and will not do anything about it until cashing up had been done. Now, I work in a busy hotel with a busy bar and the chances of the cashing up balancing after a busy night are very slim, also due to working in a hotel in the city centre I am not in the habit of trying to pull the wool over people's eyes when it comes to money. I also take offence at being told I could possibly be lieing. My friend and I were told we would get a call the following day (17/6/06) to let us know if the till was up, we did not get a call until 22/6/06 to tell us that all the cashing up had balanced. What a suprise, I, nor my frinds will be returning to the mint lounge. Seeing as though the rude and abrupt manager was more concerned with mingling with her friends than running the club. How Rude!!!

Dawn Horan

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RICE - Piccadilly Gardens I only discovered this place a couple of months ago and thought it'd be nice for an occasional lunch break. My first impression was fantastic - with the bright airy design and quick oriental menu - but quickly spiralled downwards as I was served. The idea is great and so is the presentation - and I've actually enjoyed a couple of my meals - but every time the kitchen seems to be an utter shambles. Last time a plastic box next to the woks caught fire and it was several minutes before anyone even noticed! It's predictable that between 1pm and 2pm they'll be rushed, but there seems to be a real sense of panic and confusion. On my first visit I waited 25 minutes standing at the counter for my 'fast' food, with the queue behind me getting longer and longer. There hadn't been time to rinse out the crockery so my egg fried rice tasted strongly of coconut from the previous dish cooked in the same pan. On my second visit they served me the wrong meal - and when I finally got the correct one (after another 20 minutes) it didn't feature the advertised ingredients. Red peppers and red tomatoes are different, surely?! The third time I ordered spring rolls. After 20 minutes of watching the manager's constant reminders, I watched one of the poor, understaffed team get some out of the freezer, stick them in the microwave and dry them off with a teatowel before handing them to me. Ugh. Needless to say, my rice had gone cold and I'd somewhat lost my appetite - plus most of my lunch break. Anyone had a similar experience?

Liane Baddeley

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At Jongleurs comedy venue, One half family packet of cheesey tortilla chips (extra salty to hasten your heart attack), one large tablespoon of lukewarm 3-bean chilli, two teaspoons of cheese, avocado and salsa dips: this princely banquet has the moniker "platter to share" and costs £10.95. It is scant,unappetising,unhealthy, unimaginative, badly presented and vastly overpriced. How can any self-respecting venue turn out this kind of rubbish in a city of great food deals? A venue that's earning a fortune in entrance fees and drinks would do its reputation a power of good if it didn't take the mickey with the food. Last night, one of the four acts didn't even register on the clapometer (I got more laughs dancing) and one was offensive (how would the audience have viewed a comedian joking about sex with children and parents if that comedian was female rather than male?), the American was an absolute darling (corr) and the Welsh guy the runner-up. Drinks overpriced, but that is common to most city centre venues, and music turned up so loud that it was distorted and positively damaging to the ears. Very disappointing - I won't be back.

'Respect'

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Barburrito:
We took advantage of the Promotion buy one get one free a few weeks ago during our lunch break from work and just wanted to say how excellent the food was and the service and the whole layout and design of the restaurant was spot on! We definitly be returning again.

Katina Lasonidou

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Mancon Dinner at The River Restaurant:
took advantage of this offer this evening with my husband - absolutely fantastic! great food and the best champers we have tasted for a long while. Total value for money - TA!!!!

Cath Williams

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Opus - Truly awful! After reading an impressive website I had a completely contrasting and shorter experience on Saturday night. I admittedly arrived towards the tail end of the evening but to be charged £8 for what was on offer is absolutely disgusting. I did call Opus earlier that day to get my name on the guest list but was told on arrival that the guest list had finished at 1030, something I wasn’t aware of/told, and as a result spent more time queuing than actually in the place. The place was absolutely jam packed full of people – I’ve been to many clubs over the years and I do have to wonder if there was a restriction on the numbers allowed in – I suspect not as it felt very unsafe. It was a very very uncomfortable 15 minutes out of my life – add to that there were bottles all over the floor and it just looked grubby.
I was really looking forward to experiencing Opus - It let me down on all fronts. I doubt I will grace its presence again.

Ian Morgan

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I visited Casatapas in Didsbury with friends recently and I must warn my follow Manchester Confidential readers that the service is AWFUL and the standard of the food is average. We ordered a litre jug of Sangria for the girls and they received a jug of fizzy pop with chunky apple pieces where was the alcohol?. For the blokes we ordered a 2 pint jug of Cruzcampo and to my disbelif it was off and when we tried to get it changed it took 15 mins to do so. Anyway, we ordered 12 dishes which included 2 lots of fresh bread and this was brought to our table within minutes. When you eat dishes that comes with plenty of sauce there is nothing better than to dip your bread and mop it up, unfortunately the bread failed to arrive and we were left with lots unused sauces. I managed to grab the waiters attention and asked him to bring the freshly baked bread along with a bottle of house red another jug of Cruzcampo and 2 more meat dishes. Everything seemed fine until the bread arrived. No wonder it took so long to arrive it must have been defrosting in the kitchen... it was RUBBERY! I asked for the bill and when I paid he must have been gone for 10 minutes with my card, what a joke! The whole experience of Casatapas for me is awful and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they sort themselves out Food 5/10 Service 1/10 Value for money 4/10

Robert Plant

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Re: Room
This place is fab - clear pricing, friendly staff, beautiful surroundings (WANT that wall paper). The bar's very pleasant and non arsey too (unlike the Panacea's of this world).I've been three times this year: once on the old menu, when I had difficulty narrowing down what I wanted to eat so rebooked the following week ... and the menu had changed, so I have to go back again. Soon. Probably Monday!
The third time was for the February wine (the red earth of Adelaide) and food tasting, which was superb. Where else can you have a glass of fizz, two starters (each matched with a wine), two mains (also matched with wine) and three gorgeous lemon puddings in miniature washed down by a glass of dessert wine for only £30?. Each course was preceded by a brief introduction to the wines we would be tasting, which added to the enjoyment.

Helen

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I feel your review of Oca was a touch on the harsh side. Having frequented the restaurant on numerous occasions, I would disagree and say that in fact its pizzas are in fact better than those offered by Croma. Having not tried the burger pizza I cannot comment but thought that I would put my response back. I am sure that many Salians would agree that the meals would in fact be worth the 15 minute journey from town.

Adam Robson

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I too am in agreeance with you, the atmosphere and bar selection is fantastic in Oca. However the menu choice is extremely limited and the food quality is surprisingly poor ( consistently).
As I live in Sale I live in hope that things will improve, as it is the one place I do genuinely like, sadly over the past 6 visits or so it has not....

Leesa Cassin

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Your'e right about one thing..it is Sale's premier eatery and a lot better than your review shows. I've been in with friends loads of times and we all love it. The pizzas are fab, particularly the Anatra, and the service is great. We've been going in since the place opened & your review seems really unfair to me. Far from putting me off, it makes me want to tell everyone how brilliant the place is. Simple food, well cooked and really affordable...that's just what you want in your local fave eating place.

Karen Longley

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I have been to Oca several times and on each occasion the service, atmosphere and the food has been exceptional. Not being a huge pizza fan I found there to be many alternative main course menu choices and an equally good tasting dessert menu. Keep up the good work Oca!

Karen Lewis

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Oca is a place that I dine in with my wife once a week and it is fantastic. The service is excellent, the Tandoori pizza that Gemma trashed in her review is actually divine, and overall, the place is damn good value for money. We love it, our friends love it and we recommend that your readers try it for themselves becuase they wont be disappointed.

David Lewis

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Oca is a fun place to eat with great pizza and a family friendly atmosphere. No complaints and been going since it opened. Breath of fresh air for Sale.

Gavin Gilrosse

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completely agree with Julie!!!!! I am mexican living in Manchester, EL Macho is a shame for mexican culture and food! to make it worst did you know that the owner is actualy mexican, i cant belive it! he should know that there is so much more to mexican food than enchiladas an fajitas!

Alejandra Solis

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I would like to comment on Sapporo Teppinyake. 20 of us went to the restaurant for a banquet last Saturday for my boyfriends b.day. We ordered the £35 per head buffet and let me tell you, we were VERY disappointed with the amount of food. On the menu, it lists soup; king prawns, chicken with asparagus, fried rice, loads of fancy dishes, about 8-10 courses. What you actually get is one of or a miniscule amount of each portion. They forgot to bring a b.day cake out, forgot to deduct the deposit and then slapped nearly £60 service charge on the bill. (On top of the separate service charges per drink bill). Basically, you pay for an 'apprentice' to spin a few eggs and make flames on the hot plates. At £5 a drink, my boyfriend and I spent nearly £200. Will not be rushing back!

N Davidge

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If you want a reasonably priced hearty meal then get to the English Lounge. I keep going back time and time again with different people and it never fails to impress ( apart from one person who is no longer my friemd!! ha ha)The portions are huge, the food is tasty and the atmosphere is great - even better on a sunday when you eat in the downstairs bar instead of the restaurant. Average price for 2 courses with drinks - £20 recommendation - chicken pasta! a fraction of the Obsidian prices and 100 times better!

Jemma Fielding

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I ate at Heathcotes last weekend. After dining at Paul Heathcotes restaurant at Chester Racecourse last year, which was excellent, I was expecting great things. The starter, Lancashire Cheese Fritter was fantastic, but the maincourse, Duck with fondant potato and red cabbage was frankly disappointing, and the the side order of spinach obviously had not been washed, which left you with a mouthful of grit. Not pleasant at all. On the plus side the wine, a Chilean Malbec, was delicious.

K Storrow

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Jemma, I totally, totally agree with you! Having made a reservation at Obsidian for Sat 18 Feb at 8.30pm many weeks before, requesting a booth for 4 for ourselves and dear friends who were visiting from London (who like us have frequented many Michelin star restaurants in London) as we wanted to show what impressive restaurants Manchester has too! Never ever will my husband and I set foot in that shoddy place again! Firstly we were offered a table right next to the door, which was only set for two people, not a booth as requested . We explained we had booked a booth and were told if we went to the bar for a drink they would accommodate us. During all this time the girl on the front desk (who incidentally was dressed like she had just been out with her friends, not professional attire at all) was still carrying our coats about whilst showing us to our table and then straight through the restaurant).Seeing that all the booths were busy we said we would quite happily sit further into the restaurant at a table set for 4 people. When our waitress arrived to take our drinks order and hand us the menus; firstly we could not understand a word she was saying, but we did just manage to work out her saying there was no beef and no lamb on the menu and that the menu had just changed and was a trial run!! What restaurant runs out of main stable produce on a Saturday evening at only 8.30pm if at all on such a popular evening? So a bit disgruntled our order was for 1 chicken and 3 duck...... and yes you have guessed it the waiter came back to announce they had ran out of duck! As well as our question about the wine list not being answered and the initial waitress ignoring us every time she passed our table, it was the final straw and after asking the waiter how on earth a restaurant could run out of food at 8.30pm and he could not give a definitive answer and his lack of apology for this, we got up to leave. Can you believe they even had the audacity to produce a bill of £14 for our drinks whilst we were waiting for our coats? They were told that there was no way it was being paid and walked out. The previous time our friends came to visit, we too went to Lounge 10 and we had the most superb evening of food, wine, entertainment and company; how we wished we had gone back there! I will give writing a letter to complain to see if I get a response, in the meantime a copy of this message will be posted on every restaurant review page for Manchester I can find!?!

Gail Parkinson

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Obsidian... this is supossed to be a good restaurant!! don't touch it with a bargepole - i have had better service in McDonalds. I wrote to them to tell them how bad it was too and was just ignored. This gives you an idea about how much they care about their customers. On the other hand - Lounge 10 is the best restaurant I have been to in Manchester to date - food , service and atmosphere are all amazing.

Jemma Fielding

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re EastZEast. I took advantage of the bogof offer on main courses just after Christmas, and was enamoured by the restaurant: the post-modern art-deco styling, especially the toilets; the attentive and friendly staff; the excellent curries I shared with my girlfriend; the fulsome wine selection; and the enormous "naan on a skewer". However, I was a little appalled by being charged £2.75 for a tray of chutney, on top of the £1 for popadoms! A small but very annoying price to pay for a very nice meal.

Tom Parish

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I'm a big fan of 'Livebait' and try to eat there on a regular basis. The food is delicious and the staff are always attentive and courteous. I've noticed however that when it comes to paying the bill there's a 10% service charge added on. I don't agree with this, as this charge will more often than not be going straight to the management in order to make the wages up, rather than direct to the waiting staff. As a former waitress myself I believe you should have to work for tips - good service should be rewarded and, well, rubbish service should not rewarded at all. I urge all customers who eat at 'Livebait' or any other restaurant with the same policy to ask for the service charge to be taken off, and instead leave a tip to go direct to the waiting on staff. They get paid appallingly as it is, so no matter how many glasses of wine you've had, please spare a thought for the staff. But if they're useless and rude, don't spare them anything at all, the lazy muppets.

Rhiannon Collinge

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Has anyone any comments on the very poor service and attitude of Pure Space bar and resturant staff? They're all incapable of smiling and are very rude!

Hazel Sutheran

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Barburrito, in 1 Piccadilly Gardens, is fantastic. It's owned by the same person who runs ‘Globe’ in West Didsbury. Globe has become highly recommended by The Guardian, Barburrito is just as good if not better!

Jane Margetts

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