Eating out in Manchester

Harvey Nichols Brasserie, Manchester

Lots of the restaurants we write about are independent hidden treasures that we’ve gleefully discovered. But we also love to eat at well-established favourites that we, and plenty of others, return to time and again. The restaurants at Harvey Nichols are among these trusted places and we recently enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch in the Manchester Brasserie.

IMG_0486I began with a refreshing elderflower and watermelon fizz while trying to choose from a menu packed with interesting, unusual dishes.

IMG_0488 For the starter I eventually decided on the celeriac ravioli with roasted garlic. It was drizzled with a delicious creamy sauce and a crispy topping, and the fresh pasta was cooked perfectly.

IMG_0493I then went for the smoked cod, with a lemongrass risotto cake, spinach & sweet potato curry and coconut chutney. The presentation was inventive and I especially liked the cute jar of cooling, creamy coconut chutney; the perfect topping for the tangy curry and smoky flakes of cod.IMG_0494

Thanks to the generous portions I decided against dessert and instead enjoyed an espresso served with a tasty almond biscuit.IMG_0487

Aside from the creative menu and quality of the food, one of my favourite things about the Brasserie is the attention to detail – both in the presentation of the food and the excellent service. Dining in the stylish surroundings feels like a special treat, yet the price is reasonable at around £20 for two courses.

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