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Confidential Recommends 21/03/11

An on-going series in which Confidential recommends four of our faves

Published on March 21st 2011.

Confidential Recommends 21/03/11

Mark Addy
This is the home of real regional cooking. Most places make a show of getting the best of the North West but most are bluffing. At Robert Owen-Brown’s waterside city centre stalwart you get the best of regional meats and fish dishes cooked with verve and commitment such as rich beef steak and oyster suet pudding or home smoked haddock with poached duck egg, baby spinach, crushed new potatoes and grain mustard. But you can also get other Lancashire delights such as bone marrow and tripe. Add to that great wine, real beers plus the calming waters of the River Irwell flowing by and this place is absolutely recommended.
The terrace in summer is an added bonus.
Stanley Street M3 5EJ. T: 0161 832 4080

Abode MC
This is a smart city centre dandy with food to match. The service is usually a cut above average as you’d expect as well. The MC refers to Michael Caines, the Michelin starred star, who oversees the operation here. As with the cool, suave decor the food itself is all about attention to detail. Dishes such as this are a delight: Cumbria sirloin of beef with ox tongue and sautéed snails, roasted shallots, horseradish pomme purée, Madeira sauce, smoke garlic velouté, or fillet of sea bass with braised lettuce, sage gnocchi, wild mushrooms, soft boiled quail egg, truffle egg yolk and red wine sauce. Treat yourself.
107 Piccadilly M1 2DB. T: 0161 200 5665

Up in the hills and just down the road from glorious Ramsons is the exceptional Sanmini’s. The elegant Ramsbottom space is a specialist in southern Indian cuisine; a theme derived from chef-patron Padmini’s personal background and abiding interests. Dig into nadir kozhi kozhambu (chicken cooked with poppy,fennel and cashew nuts) or kothu kari kozambhu (mince lamb with potatoes in Mini’s special recipe) or even the sambar vadai (lentil doughnut soaked in sambar) and you’ll be a convert to southern Indian cooking. Light, flavoursome, varied and beautifully presented, you should go to Sanminis if your tongue has become desperate for new food experiences.
7 Carrbank Lodge, Ramsbottom BL0 9DJ. T: 01706 821 831

Simple is a light-hearted, easy-going foodie bar in the Northern Quarter. It has bags of experience but knows how to deliver it with a smile and with care. Expect lightbites, pancakes, waffles, burgers, salads, ribs and slaw, steaks, meatloaf, veggie dishes, milkshakes and brownies. The cocktails are fun as well. Now almost a decade old, Simple is a true champion of Manchester’s independent scene in the Northern Quarter, and alongside promotions and events has also opened a sister venue in Church Street round the corner from the Smithfield Buildings original.
44 Tib Street M4 1LA. T: 0161 835 2526

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