Room, 81 King Street, Manchester, M2 4AH
0161 839 2005
Food is served from 12am till 10pm Monday to Wednesday and until 11pm From Thursday to Sunday
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Monday - Saturday | LUNCH Served 12noon - 2.45pm | 2 courses £12.75 / 3 courses £16.00
Monday - Friday | DINNER Served 5.30pm - 7.00pm | 2 courses £14.00 / 3 courses £17.50
Room is without doubt one of the best restaurants in Manchester. The stylish retro cocktail bar with its stunning dining room, high ceilings and funky fittings make the restaurant sing with its own special quality… but what really blows you away is food: classic dishes served with a contemporary twist.
The restaurant itself is reached by walking up a decadent staircase and into what was by 6pm buzzing with atmosphere and full of professionals, drinking a range of brightly coloured cocktails.
I decided to go for the classic French Martini. The divine cocktail was smooth, sweet, fruity and very strong and a bargain for £4.50 at cocktail hour (5.00pm to 8.00pm on weekdays).
The menu has a fantastic range catering for everyone, with conventional dishes such as lemon sole or even chicken tikka massala, and the more extravagant summer vegetable risotto. Each dish has been designed by rebuilding the flavours and adding unique twists.
The menu was created by the head chef, Pete Taylor, and it is easy to see why he has been nominated for chef of the year for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.
Each dish tastes and looks like an exact science, with each flavour complimenting the next faultlessly. He clearly experimented to find the perfect combinations and create flawless dishes.
The manager, Jamie Jones, was very attentive and full of personality; he explained that the menu takes British classics and deconstructs them. He went on to answer all of our questions and chose wines to match our meals perfectly.
With this in mind I had to taste the English breakfast starter, with homemade black pudding, a duck egg, Cheshire cured bacon and earl grey tea jelly. The starter, although quite filling, was bursting with flavour and every part of it worked together flawlessly, harmonised with glass of Argentianian Torrontes Reserve.
One of the best starters that I have ever tasted has to be the Salmon Tartare, beautifully fresh and unusually accompanied with beetroot, which turned out to be a perfect combination and a taste sensation. Highly recommended to all fish lovers.
The main course that I simply couldn’t resist was the tender steak pudding, longhorn beef oxtail accompanied by a crunchy oyster, a good sized portion and a definite for meat lovers, I struggled to save room for dessert.
The Lamb Mousakka was sublime. Tender, juicy and refreshing, with a cucumber and yoghurt accompaniment. An intriguing dish full of Moroccan spices.
The final course, and some would say the most important, blew me away. At first I was concerned at the lack of chocolate on the menu but after tasting Room’s version of strawberries and cream, I may have been converted to alternative deserts to just chocolate cake. The strawberries were soaked in liquor and mint leaves, and topped with cream and meringue. Easily one of the best desserts I have ever tasted.
Room comes with the highest recommendations. With its lively atmosphere, classy surroundings and exquisite food, there are few places you can eat better at. I will be very surprised if Pete Taylor does not win head chef of the year.