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Gordo samples Manchester's newest, sexiest restaurant

Think Linen is just a restaurant in the Manchester235 entertainment venue? You're wrong. Linen is the most spectacularly sexy, humdingingly fantastic restaurant Gordo has walked in for twenty five years.

Written by . Published on October 24th 2006.

Gordo samples Manchester's newest, sexiest restaurant

Linen is a restaurant in the Manchester235 entertainment venue.


Linen is the most spectacularly sexy, humdingingly fantastic restaurant Gordo has walked in for twenty five years. Then, it was his first three rosette Michelin experience in Reims, Gérard Boyer’s Chateau Les Crayères. Today, twenty five years later, the hairs on the back of Gordo’s neck stood out once again as he walked up the stairs and stood transfixed surveying Linen.

It’s going to be a vintage season boys and girls. Last week we had a bar, Cloud 23, half way up the Beetham tower on top of The Hilton Hotel which has blown every critic away. Next week a series of openings for Manchester235. Early December, we will have Ithaca, Arnie Hira’s brainchild, with a chef of Nobu standing. These three plays will raise the bar for Manchester’s dining experiences several feet.

Today, Andy Orr, amiable gaffer of Manchester235, the ‘upmarket’ entertainment venue down the bottom of Deansgate in the Great Northern Warehouse took Gordo on a quick tour of the place, going through Numero, the Italian restaurant which is at the front of this spectacular place, through a Casino floor which oozes class, to a bar area with chairs you would die for at home, colour schemes that put you in mind of nothing else but an achingly classy future and a restaurant that, dear reader, will completely and utterly knock your socks off.

Many chefs will tell you that people eat first with their eyes; Gordo always felt this was about the food on the plate. Actually, walking into a restaurant designed to rip the air out of the diners lungs, smack them round the face and drop them onto a chair which they melt into is half the battle.

If Gordo scored restaurants for looks alone, this place would return points higher than Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Claridges.

Gordo has seen the menu. Gordo has told the luscious Maria Slater, an Ann Hathaway look alike and the person responsible for rolling out these astonishing venues that if he isn’t the first person to be served dinner he will be stamping his feet. Because the menu looks so lush you, dear reader, would happily sit at home for hours gazing lovingly at it. Gordo can’t wait.

Please note that you need membership to Manchester235 to gain entry to Linen, click here to find out how to sign up.

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