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Confidential Recommends 25/05/11

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

Published on May 25th 2011.

Confidential Recommends 25/05/11

An elegant space within the excitement of a casino, awaits visitors to this restaurant. The exposed brick walls, the vaulted ceilings add atmosphere, the gracious service and the cracking menu provide the rest. Try starters such as lamb sosaties (£6.95) which is a South African lamb dish marinated in yoghurt, apricot, sugar and curry spices, served with a tamarind and jaggery chutney is worth trying, as is a main of sea reared trout (£15.95) or pan roasted trout served on a salad of purple carrot and Japanese radish topped with tempura oysters and lime dressing. For pudding jump into a boozy crumble (£6.95) for rhubarb cooked in dark rum with a crumble top, served with crème Anglaise.

Manchester 235, The Great Northern, Watson Street M3 4LP

T: 0161 828 0300

Sharp looks, and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Obsidian. The food is original and innovative taking in the best of British and, where possible,  local cuisine. Try roast chicken terrine (£8) with soft herbs, air dried ham, broad beans, asparagus, or a main of Cheshire rib-eye steak (£20), hand cut chips, tomato, Portobello mushroom, béarnaise or for a creative take on that school dinner favourite order a Manchester tart ‘trifle’ with coconut tuille for £6. The latter is really worth a try and shows a healthy commitment to giving Obsidian a sense of place as well as bringing us bags of rich and delightful flavour.

24 Princess Street M1 4LY

T: 0161 238 4348 

Rampant Lion
Victoria Park was built as merchants quarter out in the fields a couple of miles out from the smokey rookeries of Manchester city centre. 170 years later it's now thoroughly part of the city in the university and medical epi-centre. The Rampant Lion was one of the purpose built homes from the nineteenth century. With the family long gone it now hosts a lively venue with great food and splendid entertainment. Get starters such as Rampant's  pate for £3.95 served with cranberry and red onion chutney with warm bread, mains of lamb shank (£12.95), infused with  rosmary and thyme on creamy mash with minted red wine gravy. On Thursday night there's a curry night and you can also order take away 6-10pm, 7 days a week

17 Anson Road M14 5BZ

T: 0161 225 9925

fatloaf.jpgFat Loaf
The mini-Empire that is Fat Loaf believes in honest to goodness food values with hearty meals such as Slowly cooked free range ham hock and Merguez sausage, sautéed cabbage, roast potatoes and mustard sauce. The puddings are similarly wholehearted with a nice emphasis on warm amiable service as well.

846 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury M20 2RN T: 0161 438 0319

62-64 Green Lane, Sale M33 5PG T: 0161 972 0397

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