Chef Aiden Byrne reaching for Michelin star at Manchester House
The venue opened for the first preview lunch yesterday, and The Diary got to sample the eye-popping menu from Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to ever win the Michelin Star
Things have just got a little steamier on Manchester's restaurant scene - with the arrival of a theatrical new style of dining at the eagerly anticipated Manchester House.
The Spinningfields venue opened for the first preview lunch yesterday, and The Diary got to sample the eye-popping menu from Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to ever win the Michelin Star.
It includes an oyster and oxtail starter where steam vapours pour out in front of the diner, a prawn cocktail bubble that you have to "explode" while another signature dish of pigeon includes a black cherry that emerges to be made from foie gras.
There's also a beef dish which comes complete with a rack of ribs and a giant horn from which you pour your gravy.
But this kind of dining comes at a price - the Saturday night tasting menu is a wallet-busting £95.
Together with Living Ventures boss Tim Bacon, the team are now aiming to win a Michelin Star for Manchester with the £3m venue - but on their own terms.
As Tim puts it: "We weren't prepared to go down that old-fashioned, white linen tablecloth route, we want to make fine dining accessible to Mancunians."
Aiden says: "It's all about the entertainment, we want to excite people, give them something completely different. Just sitting down and having a load of food is not enough anymore, people need to be entertained."
That means in the restaurant itself a relaxed and laidback vibe, with giant metal cotton sculptures in a nod to Manchester's industrial past, and an eclectic mix of furnishings.
Up on the 12th floor at the Avenue North venue is the Manchester House bar, with seriously swanky leather booths, stunning views across the city as well as outdoor terraces that will be available for private hire.
At the press launch yesterday a BBC documentary film crew were also keeping a keen eye on proceedings. They are filming both the Manchester House team and Simon Rogan over at The French for a three part documentary due to air in the new year.
Aiden reveals the BBC wanted to call it Restaurant Wars, but he and Rogan insisted against it.
Aiden says: "Simon and I are friends, not rivals, people find that hard to believe.
"We're both doing our bit to raise the bar for food in general in Manchester, there's enough business to go around for us all."
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