This article is written by our guest author Beverley Moore.
Clockwise from top left: Tempus, Don Giovannis, Zaika, 110 Restaurant
Here are five suggestions for a memorable meal to start your night out.
The grandest of our choices has to be Tempus, set within Manchester’s magnificent Grade II-listed Palace Hotel. Original Victorian features combine with modern furnishings to create a stylish and elegant setting. Tempus is known for rich flavours, and the pre-theatre menu doesn’t disappoint. An example choice might be roasted beetroot, feta cheese and rocket served with a balsamic dressing, followed by saffron battered Pollock with spiced wedges, coconut and cumin lentils, and a coriander aioli, with pear and almond frangipane for dessert. The menu is just £17.50 for two courses or £20 for three,
At Zaika, modern Indian cuisine meets cosmopolitan city chic. The restaurant is a glamorous and fashionable space, where muted purple lighting sets off a glossy bar and simple but elegant dark wood and white furniture creates a striking look for the dining area. The food is imaginatively presented, and delicately spiced, Even early diners can choose from the full menu, where choices range from simple but delicious buttery lentils cooked in mild spices (£7.95) through to the three-chilli hot Zaika mixed tandoori grill (£14.95).
Different again is 110 Restaurant, at Manchester’s Genting Casino serving innovative British cuisine with global influences. With ruby red carpet, a grand piano, and a mix of sleek leather booths and linen-clad tables,110 sets out to create a light-hearted atmosphere. The theatrical activities of the chefs creating their latest masterpiece in the glass-fronted kitchen add to the fun. The menu is short, but very well chosen. Mouth-watering starters include tian of fresh white crab meat, ripe mango and avocado & chilli salsa (£7.00), whilst crispy roast duck with garlic greens and a plum and cherry dressing (£15) could prove an irresistible main course choice. For a quirky way to end the meal, try the fairground favourites: mini toffee apple, candy floss, ice-cream lolly and popping candy (£6.00).
Don Giovanni’s is a lively and stylish restaurant serving modern country Italian cuisine, and offering a warm welcome in a cosy setting. There is a dedicated pre-theatre menu, offering excellent value at £16.95 for three courses. The menu features Italian favourites, well-cooked. Starters include calamari and bruschetta; the lasagne and chicken in creamy peppercorn sauce are popular main course choices, and for dessert, there is, of course, tiramisu or ice cream.
At the Royal Orchid, soft and subtle colours create a calming atmosphere, whilst pillars and plastered ceilings give a backdrop of colonial grandeur. The chefs promise food that will match anything you could find in Thailand itself, and the comprehensive menu offers a diverse mix of old favourites and house specials. Try Thai jungle curry (£7.99), mixed seafood fried noodles (£9), or the intriguingly-named drunken chilli (from £7.80).
All the restaurants are within a few minutes’ walk of the theatre – so there’s definitely no need to sit through a show hungry!