Lobster or steak for £15 at a five star hotel? Yes, it’s true. Manchester’s appropriately named Steak and Lobster @ Alto does just that. Part of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Steak and Lobster@Alto was launched in 2012 to offer luxurious food at great value for money prices.
Understated but stylish decor in neutrals and chocolate browns sets the scene for a dining experience that’s equally fuss free. In fact, it’s so fuss free there are just two main choices. You’ve guessed it: steak, or lobster. Vegetarians can join in too, though, with a spiced sweet potato and mixed vegetable burger that keeps a low profile on the menu but offers a tasty alternative.
A choice of three sauces allows you to vary the steak options without decision -making becoming too stressful. Choose from classic peppercorn, stilton and red wine, or garlic with white wine and mushroom (all £2.50). Lobster can be grilled or steamed, and comes with a garlic and chive butter for happy dipping. There’s a well chosen wine menu which helpfully lists a number of wines particularly recommended as ‘good with steak’ or ‘good with lobster’.
Both lobster and steak come with garlic and chive butter and as much salad and fries as you can eat. The salad includes mixed baby leaves and banana shallots and is dressed with parmesan and sunflower seeds and topped with crispy croutons.
Although most reports of Steak and Lobster@Alto concentrate on the novelty of the limited main course options, there is in fact more to a meal there than the two obvious stars of the show. There’s also a mouth-watering selection of appetizers, including prawn and lobster cakes (£6), chicken frites with chorizo aioli (£6.50) and onion rings (£4). And if you haven’t overdone the unlimited fries, you can end your meal with banana split, chocolate cheesecake, or knickerbocker glory, all at just £4.75. For cheese lovers, there’s a selection of north-west cheeses for £6.85.
Don’t go looking for steak and lobster on the last Sunday evening of the month, however. That’s when Alto is taken over by Club 43, a lively jazz supper club honouring the hey days of jazz in Manchester and showcasing some of the best musicians on the circuit. To fit the occasion, steak and lobster gives way for a specially-prepared Cajun buffet.
Located just off St Peter’s Square and open from 11 until 10.30, Steak and lobster@Alto is a great option for a city centre lunch or dinner – and with no need to spend time lingering over the menu, it’s also a perfect choice for pre or post theatre dining.
Steak & Lobster at ALTO
Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP
Online booking available here