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Manchester House Menu Announced

Aiden Byrne turns up heat with his frogs legs and lobster tail

Written by . Published on September 2nd 2013.


Manchester House Menu Announced
 

BYRNE baby Byrne.

First Rogan, then L'Entrecote closes, now Aiden Bryne. We've never had it so good.

Aiden Byrne, a TV chef that can really cook rather than pretend, has revealed his la carte menu for Manchester House - the fine dining restaurant opening on Tuesday 17 September.

This is a Living Ventures' operation (Alchemist, Artisan, Australasia, Grill on New York Street, Grill on the Alley, Oast House et al) that is unashamedly chasing the stars.

Michelin stars: those elusive celestial bodies that split the restaurant world into two. On one side there are those chefs that desperately yearn for a star and on the other those chefs who pretend they don't care but secretly and desperately yearn for a star. 

Tower 12, glimpsed between the Spinningfield's offices

Tower 12, glimpsed between the Spinningfield's offices

One thing is certain.

With its lounge on the very roof of Tower 12 in Spinningfields, and its restaurant, perversely eight storeys below, with access through the kitchen, this no-expense spared experiment will spice the Manchester food scene up.

First Rogan, then L'Entrecote closes, now Aiden Byrne. We've never had it so good.

Which is probably why a TV company is presently filming in the city trying to make a battle out of things, stirring it all up, seeing whether it'll be Rogan or Byrne who lights up the Manchester heavens with a star.

Maybe it will be neither, maybe both.

In the meantime here's the menu. Food for thought.

Elegance in a lobster dish

Elegance in a lobster dish

Beginning 

Prawn cocktail £12.50

Truffle-poached chicken with baby artichokes £15

Frogs legs Kiev £12

Butter-poached langoustines with carrots £12.50

Sea and soil with oxtail £13

Squab pigeon with cherries, pistachio and violet mustard £16

Roasted scallops with pearl barley £18 

Middle 

Belted Galloway beef and mushrooms (for 2 people) £57

Boddingtons steak and ale pie £24

Roasted cutlet of middle white pork and salt baked pineapple

£25

Fire-roasted lamb rack, pine stock and sheep’s cheese £27

Poached lobster tail with smoked apple purée £50

Turbot cooked in fermented cabbage with Morteaux sausage £29

Beer can chicken with onion macaroni £24

Wild sea bass, shrimp chorizo and red pepper £26

Belted Galloway Rib-eye £35

Belted Galloway Fillet £38 

End 

Manchester tart £8.50

Peach, pistachio and milk chocolate £8.50

Blackberry and beetroot cannelloni £8.50

Milk and honey £8.50

Szechuan, lychee and rose £8.50

Granny Smith with maple cream £8.50

Cheese selection £12 

Other Menus 

A La Carte Extended £15

Twelve Course Taster £95

Fixed Price Lunch £27.50

Six Course Lunch Taster £50 

Aiden Byrne is also preparing a vegetarian tasting menu. 

Restaurant Opening Times: Tuesday–Thursday, lunch noon-2.30pm, dinner 7pm-9.30pm; Friday-Saturday, lunch noon-2.30pm, dinner 6pm–10pm

Lounge Opening Times: Monday–Sunday noon – late

There's no dress code at Manchester House but private dining and a chef’s table can be arranged. Manchester House is at Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, City centreM3 3BZ. 0161 835 255.

 Truffle, potato, artichoke and poached chicken. All ingredients from within a 25 mile radius of Manchester

 

Truffle, potato, artichoke and poached chicken. All ingredients from within a 25 mile radius of Manchester


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

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

twenty four pounds for a steak and ale pie

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Uriah UppercaseSeptember 2nd 2013.

But what price capital letters and full stops?

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

And why Boddingtons? Why not something that is a) actually brewed in the city, and b) not crap?

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

F.U.

AnonymousSeptember 13th 2013.

The Boddingtons Brewery was in Manchester! Closed a few years ago. Remember the advert with Melanie Sykes. Boddingtons The Cream of Manchester!

AndrewSeptember 2nd 2013.

The Lobster dish look amazing. The parts of the chicken dish do not look well on a plate together. They may taste superb (sure they do) but it does looka little lost.

David BishopSeptember 2nd 2013.

Beginning, middle, end? Struggling to like this place already

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GadgeSeptember 2nd 2013.

Is this why the restaurant is 8 'stories' below the lounge?

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

yeh that did my head in too

Jonathan SchofieldSeptember 2nd 2013.

I blame the media. Changed. Thanks.

glitzfrauSeptember 2nd 2013.

How can a restaurant seriously claim to be committed to fine dining when it has no ambitions for vegetarian food at all? I'm sure what they do with the meat, fish and fowl is amazing, but such a display of contempt for the challenges of meat-free cookery and for the (many) vegetarian diners of Manchester rates NO stars from me!

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AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

Ditto!

Dan O'tooleSeptember 2nd 2013.

Amen to that!

HGSeptember 2nd 2013.

There goes my business if they can't be bothered with a single veggie starter or main!

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

Vegetarians should be satisfied with Bistro 1847 of whatever it's called.

glitzfrauSeptember 2nd 2013.

To Anonymous: that insulting attitude seems widespread among many supposedly ambitious chefs in Manchester, including Rogan. Watch them lose a lucrative source of business, as vegetarians and their friends ignore their unimaginative ventures.

glitzfrauSeptember 2nd 2013.

(Nothing against Bistro 1847, which is absolutely brilliant - it's just a pity more supposedly cutting-edge restaurants aren't up to the challenge!)

HGSeptember 2nd 2013.

I expect choice if I am paying to eat out - I'm a veggie but my husband is not. As he only ever rarely wants veggie meals, Anonymous your attitude would imply he gets all the choice he wants provided he's happy to eat alone, whilst I am in Bistro 1847 also eating alone....

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

He's aiming to be one of the best restaurants int he country. thats tough enough without having to do it just with vegetables. If you choose a minority diet then you should accept minority eating options.

Aiden ByrneSeptember 2nd 2013.

We will be offering a vegetarian 12 course tasting Menu. I'm sure there will be a few courses on there that will be of interest.

Carpet MattSeptember 2nd 2013.

Vegetarians? Are you serious? Vegetarian food? Get off to Chorlton.

glitzfrauSeptember 3rd 2013.

Aiden - seriously? That's brilliant news! Congratulations for taking on the challenge! In that case I take back all my carping above, and look forward to trying the menu once I've saved up for it.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Carping? That's not very vegetarian...

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

Schofield has a chip on his shoulder about Entrecote. It is a shame it has closed and at these prices I hope this new venture fails.

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HieronymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

Why do you hope it fails you spanner? Should all restaurants in Manchester check with you first to see if they operate within your approved price band?

Jonathan SchofieldSeptember 2nd 2013.

Bless you Anonymous, I was trying to be funny. I hope Manchester House flies, I hope all Manchester's good operators, big or small do the same.

Peter CoppingSeptember 2nd 2013.

Do you have to take lessons in how to eat these dishes in order to bring out the maestro's intentions? Or its it like Cabala, and initiation with Gordo is required? Do you need a separate wine with each course? I don't think my taste buds are properly aligned to enjoy what is on offer.

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GordoSeptember 3rd 2013.

Whats this about using me as a catamite?

SquirrelitoSeptember 4th 2013.

Catamites in revolt at the idea of Gordo being one of our number! Get your thrills elsewhere, fatboy

Peter CoppingSeptember 2nd 2013.

Entrcote of course was/is a joke, actually a parody or a local long past fictional french cafe with a dictatorial patron to told what you liked and whose novelty twist was what was in the sauce. Naturally the food was acceptable and the wine fit for purpose and the service amusing. It deserved a smile for taking you in. I only know the London one in Marylebone

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

Entrecote in Marylebone used to be my local eaterie of choice, was thoroughly enjoyable and a shame it was not to the taste of Mancunians.

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AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

It was a steak and chips restaurant - a dish you can buy in countless restaurants. A gimmick which people did not fall for.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2013.

L'Entrecote in Manchester used to be my local eaterie of choice. It did something very simple very well.

pollolocoSeptember 2nd 2013.

"Michelin stars: those elusive celestial bodies that split the restaurant world into two. On one side there are those chefs that desperately yearn for a star and on the other those chefs who pretend they don't care but secretly and desperately yearn for a star."....tell me you don't really swallow this utter bollocks?

Dawn HoldingSeptember 2nd 2013.

Had a sneak preview in the restaurant today, it looks amazing x

JimSeptember 2nd 2013.

Looks good but you have to give a card number when booking your table and if you cancel within 48 hours they charge £25 per person. I've never seen this before anywhere and I've been to some very high class restaurants.

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GordoSeptember 2nd 2013.

Jim, very common now; The French didn't do this and were rewarded with loads of no-shows from arses. What's the problem if you are being sincere with your booking? Probably around 50% of small cover fine dining do this over Europe, otherwise they Weill just put up their prices for the rest of us.

JimSeptember 2nd 2013.

I'm just old fashioned I guess. I'm used to the phone call from the restaurant confirming my booking the day before and then just turning up. Obviously I always want to honour a booking but exceptional circumstances arise and if my dining partner becomes ill within that 48 hour window (which is not impossible) I wold notify the restaurant and find that I'm £50 down. I'm not sure I like this policy! Does anyone else in Manchester do this? Abode, Harvey nicks, 63 degrees and the French don't? Unless they've introduced it recently?

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

I'm sure you'll get the phonecall for confirmation as well, but Manchester House goes all out for it's guests and there's a lot of preparation for a booking, not just a note in a diary, for that - I think the restaurant is justified in charging that amount for no-shows. There was a thing a while ago (I forget which restaurant) that started publicly shaming the names of guests that didn't show up via their Twitter account, hilarious!

JimSeptember 3rd 2013.

Yes I have no real problem for charging no shows e.g people who dont bother notifying the restaurant as that is extremely rude, no matter what level of restaurant if you book a table you should always notify the restaurant if you can't make it. I just think a 48 hour window is too long a time. Many unavoidable things could happen in that time that mean you can't make the reservation. I think 24 hours is much more reasonable.

CharlieSeptember 4th 2013.

Would be better if they gave the charge to charity rather than putting it in the till. Fair enough to discourage no-shows but the restaurant shouldn't get £25/head when there's no food to serve up and they can give someone else the table anyway if it's popular.

AndrewSeptember 4th 2013.

Charlie - why give it to charity? If the restaurant has 10 no shows without any notice, then why shouldn't the people be charged? It is not sustainable for any restaurant and you are not charged if you give them adequate notice.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

Its probably not the kind of place that too many people go to on a whim so they may not be able to fill spare tables at short notice.

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

with the red guide out october time nowadays I wouldnt think there is much competition. Manchester house will be open too late to get a star this year meaning rogan has a free run at it, and will probably be manchesters first star for a long time. it would be wonderful if Aiden could make it two next year.

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

We booked in here a while ago, but those prices are verging on farcical and are enough to make one think twice about going. If it's not absolutely phenomenal cooking blowing everything else Manchester has to offer out of the water they're going to look very stupid very quickly. Simon Rogan has brought his two star cooking to Manchester at a well established venue and still is charging less than Manchester House for his tasting menu. A question was asked not long ago if Manchester was ready for a Michelin starred restaurant, The French answered this in wonderful fashion, but is Manchester really ready (is anywhere outside London really ready) for the £18 scallop starter and £24 pie?

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AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2013.

I think you might be taking the pie description a little bit too literally

GordoSeptember 2nd 2013.

The answer is simply yes. If Aisen is serving what I think he is, it'll look cheap in the end. Farcical? Have you been to many Michelin starred restaurants?

SquirrelitoSeptember 4th 2013.

Literally? Where's the ambiguity in: "Boddingtons steak and ale pie: £24"? Unless it turns out to be gilded swan choked on madeira cake.

Jenny CollinsSeptember 2nd 2013.

If you cannot afford it then do not eat there... simple. I'm sure the overheads are considerable at this time, however as someone who will only try this on a special occasion, that's what lot of other locals will do. For me if it DOES get the elusive celestial thingy then I am sure it will bring a lot of diners into the city to support not only this but other underrated establishments. The best outcome of this would be for other establishments to have need to up their game without upping their prices.

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GordoSeptember 2nd 2013.

Good reply Jenny

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

How very snooty of you, Joan.

Jenny CollinsSeptember 4th 2013.

Anonymous I am actually saying/inferring that I could only afford to go there myself if it was a special occasion and I saved up/someone treated me!

shkSeptember 3rd 2013.

Pretty pictures on plates for a huge prices! Not for me!

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Table MattSeptember 3rd 2013.

SHK, you miserable git, stick to burgers.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Not a single meat free option.

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Table MattSeptember 3rd 2013.

Yes, it is to be celebrated!

Ted JonesSeptember 3rd 2013.

They'll be offering a 12 course vegetarian taster menu...

AndrewSeptember 3rd 2013.

It is "FINE DINING"....... It is not just thrown together, they take more time sourcing the best produce that costs more, employing the best chefs that costs more, beautiful surrounding that cost more, waiting staff who actually know about what is on the menu that costs more. If it is not for you then do not go, but why are you spending your time moaning about the bloody prices of a restaurant you do not intend on going? That is farcical..... Idiots.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Completely agree Andrew, how can people make assumptions on a restaurant by its menu alone? It's not even open yet! It's Living Ventures, they don't do things by half and looking at the success of Australasia, Manchester house is sure to be the best in town!

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AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

They're not exactly doing a sterling job at Artisan. I hope MH does well, but it's ridiculous to say it will do purely because it's LV.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

LV seem to have lots of style and this time it looks like they have substance in the kitchen too.

Axel LariatSeptember 3rd 2013.

Colour me controversial, but I don't like Australasia. Although I have had acceptable meals in many of them, the LV places leave me cold.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

the new 'most expensive' place to eat in Manchester! sounds good for special occasions/the wealthy - but I certainly won't be buying the steak and ale pie at £24 when I do go there!

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Table MattSeptember 3rd 2013.

Good. I'd hate to find myself having dinner sat next to a knee-jerking numpty. You ever heard of tongue-in-cheek? Wally

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

I'm pretty confident you're taking the menu descriptor there too literally... It'll be based around a steak & ale pie for sure, but this won't be anything close to a Fray Bentos...

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

"knee-jerking numpty" pie and boddingtons.....

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Looking forward to paying £8.50 for an apple?

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freddieSeptember 4th 2013.

if you think you are getting an apple for £8.50, you must be a simpleton.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Have any of you whingeing pillocks going on about the price spotted the fixed price lunch at £27????? There are some right miserable twats reading this site.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2013.

Jonathan - You've spelled Aiden's name wrong in the menu descriptor - next to vegetarian taster menu. Should be "Byrne" not "Bryne" (he really hates that)

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anonSeptember 3rd 2013.

yes Jonathan, Ayden won't be inviting you if you drop things like that so easily.

Simon TurnerSeptember 3rd 2013.

Meanwhile the numbers of people resorting to or being referred to food banks in the North West has gone up 50% since the start of the year. Much of this rise is due to benefit changes but also low wages. Manchester's ability to represent the Victorian age's concept of Two Nations never ceases to amaze me.

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AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

I work hard for my money and pay my taxes, if I want to spend some on a fancy meal then why shouldnt I? should I only eat bread and dripping because others dont do my job?

AndrewSeptember 3rd 2013.

Simon Turner what has that got to with this restaurant? Should I feel guilty that I work 50+ hrs week and on occasion I like to treat my wife and I nice night out and a bit of food? Should we stop opening restaurants in case some people can't afford it? Get a grip you wally.

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DigsterSeptember 3rd 2013.

Well said

Mr knottySeptember 3rd 2013.

Fine dining restaurants operate on limited covers to allow real high end food,there are many avid foodies in manchester who have had to travel hundreds of miles to satisfy there desire to witness food only the few have the skill to execute, this isn't for everyone and I'm sure the prices seem eye watering but how many smokers/drinkers would probably blow double a month what it cost to eat at one of these resturants,, so lets us have are pleasure in exacting blissfull beautifully prepared food!!!

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AndrewSeptember 4th 2013.

Marc absolutely spot on!! And £27 for the lunch menu is incredibly good value for money.

John EdwardsSeptember 4th 2013.

Some pretty boring 'sounding' items menu - I was hoping for something really interesting from this. An 'experiment' 'no expense spared' well let us see. Shame to see Pie, Steak and Beer Butt Chicken on the menu as you can get these anywhere. They seem like safe options designed for the 'lads' and 'lasses' out on a Saturday night and to help LV balance the books no doubt. I could be wrong and these dishes come out looking amazing and I hope I am!

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pollolocoSeptember 4th 2013.

It's a menu you dweeb!

Table MattSeptember 4th 2013.

Not entirely sure if Mr Edwards is trying to write is a 'tongue in cheek' style or is just a little new to eating out.

John EdwardsSeptember 4th 2013.

You would totally be ordering the steak - with a cocktail to go with it - wearing your best square toed shoes and boot cut jeans to match - I can see it now. Eating out in Manchester city center on a weekend is pure hell.

AndrewSeptember 4th 2013.

J Edwards you my friend are a utter snob!

John EdwardsSeptember 4th 2013.

Thanks! But come on you know where I am coming from... Anyway to put this to bed - I am sure the food will be wonderful. But I saw the words steak and chicken and died a little inside - but let's see what they come up with from the pictures it should at least be abstract - square toed shoes not-with-standing.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

I don't see what's snobbish about expecting a more adventurous menu at these prices than boddingtons pie and beer can chicken?

AndrewSeptember 4th 2013.

Anom - I wasn't talking about the food it was the "ating out in Manchester city center on a weekend is pure hell"... thnaks!

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

vfdv

Pretty Brown GirlSeptember 4th 2013.

Oh no, what this? Another addition from the Living Ventures Enterprise? This time its different...its fucking expensive!!! I agree with John Edwards in saying that IF its executed well it may be ok, but I cant help but see right through the menu (I dont mean literally before any of you pendantic Crazy Chickens cant help but respond angrily) I personally hate this obvious attempt to categorise its potential diners: S)Prawn Cocktail M)Boddingtons Steak and Ale Pie D)Manchester Tart BEEFCAKE ON HOLIDAY or S)Frogs legs Kiev M)Poached Lobster with smoked apple puree D)Szechuan, lychee, rose DELBOY ON HOLIDAY Can see more but cant be bothered, if you cant see it, you're stupid. Dont want to be too dismissive because of; "Dont knock it till you've tried it" but the menu is too varied to be trusted and Im not willing to be bitchslapped with a bill of £150+ (for 2) for the privilage

John EdwardsSeptember 4th 2013.

Yeah and in my opinion it 'sounds' i.e. reads i.e. comes across i.e. could be deemed to be a bit boring - BUT I HOPE THE FOOD IT NOT WHEN I GO... Are you bit slow Mr Crazy Chicken?

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pollolocoSeptember 5th 2013.

Jeeesus John...do you want a menu that's 4 freekin pages long do you? Don't you like surprises??

John EdwardsSeptember 4th 2013.

Typos

SquirrelitoSeptember 4th 2013.

"Knee-jerking numpty, simpletons, dweebs". A few bits of personal abuse toward people questioning a menu (or the wording thereof) from other people who have yet to taste the very same. Who's the fool?

HieronymousSeptember 5th 2013.

You're putting forward a very strong candidature.

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SquirrelitoSeptember 5th 2013.

ditto

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

No thasks...No vegetarians WELCOME??? Bet closed within months....

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AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

Have you read anything here??!

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

If the place doesn't succeed, it'll be nothing to do with vegetarians not going.

AnonymousSeptember 9th 2013.

no one gives a **** about vegetarians, lots of successful places exist without their business.

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

However you look at it, this is a great addition for Manchester!

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