Review: Manchester’s Restaurant Bar and Grill

With an established reputation for good food and service, Manchester’s Restaurant Bar and Grill continues to attract both locals and visitors alike. The flagship restaurant of a chain of eight, the ethos is to provide modern international classics using simple cooking techniques that let natural flavours shine through.

You enter into the bar area, a fashionable destination for a light lunchtime snack and a great place to enjoy a cooling cocktail before heading upstairs for a full evening meal.   From the bar, a striking floating staircase takes you up to the first floor restaurant.  Choose to relax in the glass-fronted area overlooking the street below, or enjoy the buzz of the bustling dining area adjacent to the open kitchen.  On the second floor, there’s a private dining room, perfect for family parties as well as being fully equipped for corporate meetings and events. 

Whatever your party members like to eat, chances are high they will find their particular favourites amongst the Restaurant Bar and Grill’s well-chosen selection of modern European and Asian dishes.

The starter menu gives a good idea of the wide range on offer. Choices include piquant Goan spiced fishcakes with tomato chutney (£7.75), tender grilled asparagus with poached egg and hollandaise sauce (£7.50), and seared beef carpaccio with roast beets and horseradish (£8.95).  

Moving on to the main course, you find a similar concern with providing something for everyone.  The choice of salads includes both baked goats cheese with beetroot, fig and toasted walnut bread, and a classic chicken ceasar (both £7.50/£11.75).  In the pasta and risotto section of the menu, king prawn linguine with coriander pesto and sweet chilli sauce (£12.50) sits alongside mushroom risotto with cheese wafer and truffle oil (£7.25/£11.50).  

There’s a mouth-watering selection of grills, with beef options taking you through the full range of steaks from a burger with Montery cheese (£12.50) to a rather more decadent chateaubriand (£47.50).  All beef is from Limousin-cross cattle, natural-reared on carefully-selected UK farms and hung for a minimum of 28 days to let the flavours develop.  

Beyond beef, you’ll also find tuna au poivre in béarnaise sauce with fat chips (£17.95), marinated pork cutlet with caramelised apple and honey gremolata (£16.50), and lobster and chips with garlic and herb butter (£19.95).  To finish the menu, there’s a further selection of classics, including aromatic dishes cooked in the tandoor oven.  

When it comes to dessert, the choice doesn’t disappoint. Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce (£6.50), melt-in-the-mouth macaroons (£3.50), and a perfectly-balanced cheeseboard (£7.50) are just some of the options on offer.

In addition to the full restaurant menu there is a shorter bar menu, a 2-course lunchtime menu, and a choice of three-course set menus starting at £25.  Sandwiches are available between 12 and 6, and the Sunday roasts at £13.95 are a popular choice.  If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to make everyone in your party happy, this could just be it.  

The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester

14 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6JR

Twitter: @RBG_Manchester

Online booking available here


Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 to 23:00

Saturday: 12.00 – 23:00

Sunday: 12.00 – 22.30


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