Press Lunch At Grand Pacific Manchester
Last week I was delighted to attend a press preview lunch at Grand Pacific, the exotic new restaurant and bar from Living Ventures. Located in Spring Gardens, an area filled with striking architecture, the imposing style of the building makes an impression as soon as you arrive.
I attended a tour of the site when it was still under construction, which offered a fascinating glimpse in to the history of the grandiose Grade II Listed building which was once the Manchester Reform Club.
Grand Pacific is inspired by the golden age of high society and there is a lavish ambience as you sweep up the staircase adorned by a dramatic peacock chandelier, in to a mirrored hallway which gives way to the spacious bar and restaurant beyond. The design was created by Interior Designer, Michelle Derbyshire and potted palms create a sense of a forbidden oasis while the elegant bar is the perfect place to sip one of the cocktails which include hibiscus Collins, lassi punch and Earl Grey sling. Large windows, polished wooden floors and fireplaces give a nod to the refinement of a bygone era and cut crystal abacus inspired screens pay homage to the location in the original financial district of the city. The overall impression is one of understated sophistication with an atmosphere which makes you want to linger.
We took our seats, eager to peruse the menu which draws upon eastern influences for a wealth of tempting dishes such as chirashi sushi bowl, prawn and mussel laska and Thai waterfall seared beef salad.
My starter of Thai fishcakes with pineapple sweet chilli dipping sauce was aromatic and tasty and the pineapple dipping sauce complemented the fishcakes with a hit of tangy sweetness.
My dining companion was equally impressed by his chicken and spring onion gyoza with soy, sweet potato and miso. The gyoza were incredibly light and the tender chicken and spring onion filling was full of subtle flavours.
I was treated to one of the Grand Pacific signature cocktails, the Peacock, which comes garnished with a feather. The intriguing blend of Bacardi Carta Blanca, Blue Curaçao, Pineapple Juice and Kiwi & Lime Juice was a tropical delight.
For the main course, my eye was immediately drawn to the tempura Szechuan sea bass with crispy noodles, pineapple and cucumber. The portion size was very generous and the tempura batter was light and golden with a delicately spiced flavour while the sea bass within was tender and flaky.
Grand Pacific is a restaurant bar concept located in a landmark building at the top of King Street. Colonial inspired grand interior meets a relaxed old world charm and a relaxed atmosphere for Great service and food in a casual environment.