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9 course tasting menu was exquisite, totally to my husband and my taste. Excellent accompanying wine selection with first class service, excellent treat ??
01 December 2016
Adam Reid at The French perfectly marries the old and the new and is a dining experience to be remembered. While the restaurant is steeped in history, the current menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours using only the very best seasonal produce available.
The restaurant offers outstanding levels of service, warmth and style that in turn, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere like no other in Manchester. Guests can choose from 6 or 9 course tasting menus, offering supremely elegant tasting journeys.
The French boasts 4 AA rosettes and features in the Good Food Guide 2017 at Number 18, the only restaurant in the Greater Manchester area to make it into the top 50 of the prestigious guide. The French also ranked 79th in The National Restaurant Awards 2016.
Located in Manchester City Centre, The French is 8 minutes’ walk from Manchester Oxford Road Rail Station.
Adam Reid at The French
The Midland, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
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Customer reviews for Adam Reid at The French
((((( 10 December 2016 by Phil Baines from Manchester
Iconic restaurant, we had the Great British Menu. Four well balanced courses beautifully presented. The Indian tiffin starter had authenticity but the Bhaji was slightly over seasoned. The hake and cockles were so well cooked 'on point' but the tartare could have a little more zing but I wanted great scraps, sadly I was disappointed on that score, 3 blobs of hard batter mix. Let's have proper crispy bits, when Chefs use Chicken skin , fish scraps and other "waste" to enhance the dish it needs to be amazing - sorry.
The beef was cooked beautifully, the flavour from the rib was sumptuous and great depth in the sauce too.
Finally the only time in my life I have made a reservation based on the dessert, I wanted to taste Adams creation ever since I saw it on GBM. I wasn't disappointed, even though the ?? had sank a little, it didn't detract from the amazing skill and flavours that Adam had combined to ensure a grande finale. The Apple snow perfectly complimented the sweet indulgence of the apple crumble as you delved inside. A total triumph of great theatre, and presentation but backed up by great taste, very hard to get everything perfect but this meal was close to having everything with just a few "minors".
Great wine, the Gewurtztraminer was stunning.
The whole experience was deserved of recognition, top class friendly service, great food everything on the plate was there for flavour and felt part of the dish, supported by 4 superb wines. Difficult to explain value for money, at this level you get what you pay for I suppose.
I have eaten in higher rated restaurants which couldn't match this. Sort out the wonky table ( booths are better) and add some linen table cloths and you never know what might happen!! Thank You Adam and team. PB
((((* 9 December 2016 by Harry Broom from Glossop
Overall the experience was good. The evening was partly celebrating my sons' birthday. All of the food was good but somehow lacked maybe the element of surprise, eg the broth (a gravy), bread (very ordinary) and flavoured spread/butter (bland) could have been bettered raising the flavours a tad. The dover sole was maybe not at it's best (I could smell it & really fresh fish shouldn't, difficult to obtain in land locked Manchester). We were also making a comparison with a restaurant that is no more, and that at this comparison was superior - Quill (still can't fathom why it closed). However the meal & service was very good & I'd eat here again.
((((( 9 December 2016 by Caroline Barlow from Stockport
We had a fabulous lunch at The French. We ate the 6 course tasting menu and enjoyed all of it. We also shared 1 cheese course which was no problem. We were also able to have Adam's sensational dessert of the Golden Apple from the Great British Menu which was amazing. Again no problem about sharing 1, in fact the staff suggested it.
((((( 8 December 2016 by Dominic Swords from Hope Valley
A great experience. We chose the GB menu. Actually the people were the best feature of the experience tho everything was of a high standard. Appropriately attentive and friendly people that greeted us and then noticed what we needed at each stage and were one second ahead of us realising!! Great interior design that reminded you of the early days of the Midlands and is yet fully modern and stylish. My only mild disappointment was not to see Adam and meet the man behind these very special dishes. Favourite dish? It has to be the Golden Empire dessert. Wow.
((((( 7 December 2016 by Stephanie Halsey from Manchester
Beautiful space with very attentive staff. Thank you for making a very special evening for me and my family!
((((( 6 December 2016 by Mark Robinson from York
((((( 5 December 2016 by David Condliffe from Crewe
9 course lunch with wine flight. I have eaten in Michelin star restaurants across the world. This was probably my best meal ever !
((((( 5 December 2016 by Andrea Austin from Altrincham
Fantastic night at The French. Had the 9 course taster menu. Beautifully balanced, well presented menu - loved it all. Devoured by our 2 teenage boys - cleared their plates. Relaxed unpretentious atmosphere. Boys made to feel welcome. Husband had the somniers wine selection which worked beautifully. Need to find another special occasion to go back!
((((( 5 December 2016 by Kevin Brown from Saint Helens
pleasant atmosphere, impressive decor. excellent wash rooms. Beef broth was spectacular all courses were very good.
((((* 3 December 2016 by Joe Mccaffrey from London
Food good. Wine very good.
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