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Grafene

55 King Street, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M2 4LQ

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  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
  • Grafene - Greater Manchester
Average
Main course: £20
Food spend: £37
Opening hours
Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 12:00 - 23:00
Thursday to Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00.

Excellent service from the moment we arrived. All staff friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Food also excellent. A top class restaurant, one of the best in Manchester.

David Hiles 15 November 2017
from Manchester

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Offering artisan British cuisine in the heart of Manchester, Grafene champions both brilliant local produce, and the city’s rich heritage. Dine surrounded by edgy industrial design features and glossy tiled walls, and watch chefs at work in the open kitchen.

Along with a refined tasting menu and gourmet Sunday roasts, the Grafene menu is filled with creative yet crowd-pleasing dishes. Sample the likes of halibut with cauliflower and crispy chicken skin, or pork cheek & loin with black pudding, cabbage and apple. For dessert, indulge in blueberry parfait with peach, basil & pecan, or enjoy up to 10 premium British cheeses.

Both classic and signature cocktail mixes are shaken at the lively Grafene bar, and a list of speciality gins features the finest cherry-picked botanical-based bottles. Afternoon teas consist of the classic sandwiches and scones, as well as tarts, financiers and macarons.

Found on King Street, Grafene restaurant in Manchester also boasts a parasol-lined al fresco terrace. Find Oxford Road Train Station a 10-minute walk away.

Grafene

55 King Street, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M2 4LQ

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4.5 (((() (based on 44 reviews)
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  • dinner (42)
  • romantic (25)
  • luxury (23)
  • lunch (20)
  • trendy (19)
  • business (16)
  • private dining (16)
  • value (11)
  • large parties (9)
  • afternoon tea (6)
  • al fresco (4)
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  • child friendly (2)
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  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((( 23 November 2017 by Bethan Martin from Manchester

    I loved it. The lunchtime menu was very good value for money.
    If you are looking to 'stuff yourself silly' this is not the place for you but if you want to experience English food with a French twist (that you wouldn't cook at home) and feel you have had just the right amount, then it is definitely a place to visit.
    The food I would say is slightly adventurous form some but in a really good way.
    The seating was comfortable, the ambiance was good, even though there were very few people there and the food was delicious.
    I will definitely be going there again.
    I had the salsify for starter and then the beef but in hindsight would not choose those two together again and there wasn't enough contrast due to both having mushrooms in the dishes.

  • ((((( 20 November 2017 by Terry Gregory from Manchester

    Excellent food and service

  • ((*** 15 November 2017 by John Price from Manchester

    Food wonderful, service woeful. Arrived slightly early for 8.00pm booking, took 35 minutes to get to a table. Told a waiter would be over right away, in an apology for the delay. Waiter didn't arrive for another ten minutes. Food arrived promptly and was really excellent. When finished waited for ten minutes for plates to be cleared. When cleared not offered dessert menu and waited another 20 minutes before giving up and going to the bar to pay the bill, which needless to say appeared immediately. I know it was a busy Saturday night, but really. Waiters did not appear to be assigned to particular tables and had the knack of studiously avoiding eye contact. Disappointing.

  • ((((( 15 November 2017 by Katherine from Manchester

    Very welcoming and helpful staff, a really relaxed by classy environment and delicious food! A great time had by all. :)

  • ((((( 15 November 2017 by David Hiles from Manchester

    Excellent service from the moment we arrived. All staff friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Food also excellent. A top class restaurant, one of the best in Manchester.

  • ((((* 13 November 2017 by Ken Anderson from Stockport

    Our favourite dishes were, steak tartare, torched mackerel starters, halibut main course and the cheeses were a varied delicious selection of British produce. Least favourite was the sirloin steak, possibly a bad choice on my part.

  • ((((( 13 November 2017 by Kay Donald from Manchester

    We had a a very enjoyable meal on Sunday. Both front of house staff and our waitress were polite, welcoming and professional.
    The food was very pretty, and tasted as good as it looked! The portion sizes were perfect for our not too large appetites, and with 2 sides between 4, we happily had room for an amazing dessert each. I would definitely return to and recommend Grafene.

  • ((((* 13 November 2017 by Jordi Bella from Manchester

    Food was excellent, creative and original. Cocktails were also very original and presentation was excellent. Price was perfectly adequate for the quality of the food and environment. Personally I found useful that the bill already included a discretionary 10% service charge (this was stated in the menu), thus simplifying tips etc. I guess not everybody prefers that. We found that several things could be improved, mainly relating to management and service. We had reservation for one hour and we were asked to wait until the table was ready. This can happen everywhere, but what was surprising is that everybody was told to wait. We ordered cocktails at the bar and it took a long time for them to be prepared. The bar was overcrowded with unwashed glassware, which does not look very professional (one of our party has managed staff in a pub and she told us that this was a clear sign of poor organization of the floor staff). Food also took a relatively long time to come. While we appreciate that Grafene is a modern, young and trendy restaurant and thus explores the creation of new environments, we found that our table had very poor illumination which deprived the dishes of some of their visual impact. It didn't help that some dishes were served on dark dinnerware, surely beautiful but unhelpful from the point of view of a modern culinary experience, in which visual stimuli must be an important part (the combination of poor lighting and dark background meant that some elements of the dish could not be properly appreciated). Most of the problems we mention about waiting times surely have to do with being a Saturday evening with lots of people. But certainly the management must expect that and they should plan ahead the adequate levels of staffing and or management to minimize these problems. Certainly we plan to come back, probably on a quieter week day, to explore the tasting menu.

  • (((** 13 November 2017 by Martin from Manchester

    Good cocktail selection, excellent beef consommé and both puddings we tried were great. The sirloin steak was cooked well bar the fat, which was overly rendered. The fried new potatoes were also overdone. Overall good experience but let down by the main, unfortunately. Service was generally good.

  • ((((* 12 November 2017 by Ben Davies from Manchester

    Great food, service charge a touch annoying

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