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EXCLUSIVE: L'Entrecote to open in Manchester

Famous French brasserie plans King Street site

Written by . Published on August 15th 2011.

EXCLUSIVE: L'Entrecote to open in Manchester

WORLD famous Parisian brasserie L’Entrecote is planning to open a restaurant in Manchester city centre.

Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecote, to give it its full name, is opening in 84-86 King Street, in the former Emporio Armani unit.

“The sauce is secret and fabulous; the fries are cut to exact dimensions and are the best you will get anywhere in the world."

The chain has restaurants in New York and two in London, as well as the original Parisian site in the French capital's 17th arrondissement. It only serves steak frites, with a starter of green salad with walnuts dressed with mustard vinaigrette. There's a small selection of desserts and cheese as well. 

A spokesperson for the firm confirmed the opening to Confidential although could not say when it would be opening. A licensing application has been submitted to Manchester City Council however.

Our roving gastronome Gordo has been to the Parisian eaterie, and had this to say about it:

The King Street siteThe King Street site“L'Entrecote is a little bit of genius; Gordo used to eat there when he was living in the delightful Hotel Lancaster just off the Champs Elysees in the eighties.

“You have no choice of starters, it’s a green salad with walnuts and a mustard vinaigrette. But the freshest best dressed green salad you will ever eat. The main is entrecote, or sirloin as we generally know it. You are asked if you want it blue, rare, medium or well done. It is then cut in half, with one half kept in the kitchen to keep warm.

“The sauce is secret and fabulous; the fries are cut to exact dimensions and are the best you will get anywhere in the world.

“You are offered choice in the desserts, but if you are a cheese lover, stick with that as the high turnover allows them to deliver the product at the peak of its powers and the right temperature.

“No bookings and you will, as Gordo will, be happy to queue.”

Jonathan Schofield will also be rushing there but said he would like to point out that the building hosting the restaurant dates from 1841-2 and was designed by Richard Lane, who also designed the Friend's Meeting House and the old Town Halls still standing in All Saints and Salford. This building was based on the Monument of Thrasyllus in Athens. 

But let's get back to the steaks shall we?

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Rob AllenAugust 15th 2011.

But....I was living in the delightful Hotel Lancaster just off the Champs Elysees in the eighties....how on earth did we never cross paths?

Mark GarnerAugust 15th 2011.

Upstairs or downstairs Rob?

Lauren LewisAugust 16th 2011.

Ooh yet another reason Im glad Ive not headed to live in our nation's capital :) What's the point? Everything ends up coming here anyway haha

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AnonymousAugust 16th 2011.

What, like a Michelin Star for instance?

AnonymousAugust 16th 2011.

........or a riot?

Andy VoAugust 17th 2011.

I remember reading quite an unfavourable review of this place a while ago and have only just found it.


Only time will tell if the Manchester will be any better.

Andy VoAugust 17th 2011.

Actually, having re-read the review, it wasn't that unfavourable at all. It seemed to be the bloggers preconceptions that were skewed.

RayAugust 22nd 2011.

Is this the same chain as the one in Geneva? I hope so - sounds identical - the food is excellent, and it's a lot of fun to dine at (well, in Geneva anyway). Good news.

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Sandra NultyAugust 23rd 2011.

It isn't the same, the one in Geneva is just called the Entrecote not Le Relais de Venise but I have been to both and the sauce tastes the same and the food is equally as good if not better in the Relais, the house red is the same and the profiteroles are to die for :-)

NiBsJanuary 27th 2012.

Any more news on this opening ???
Alistair Niven

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