Michael Caines at Manchester Abode

Manchester isn’t exactly well known for its strong foodie cuisine with none of its restaurants yet gaining a Michelin star. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t great places to get some nice grub – it’s just that you need to dig a bit deeper and do a bit more background research to do so.

One such find is Michael Caines’ restaurant at the Manchster Abode Hotel. Conveniently located as you walk into the centre of town from Piccadilly station, I was surprised to find such a nice restaurant located where everything seems to be a chain offering.

Their restaurant does a fantastic deal with three courses for only £13 or £22 with matching wine. Why wouldn’t you?

The bread basket arrives at the table, steaming from being freshly heated, making it easier to melt the creamy butter. The variety below includes a sourdough, a tomato bread and a mini french style bread. A delicious start and a great way to warm up from the cold outside.

First up was a pumpkin soup topped with some melted cheese and a toasted crouton. It smelt amazing and you could smell it from quite some distance as they brought it to the table. It wasn’t a very big cup but it was so packed with flavour it didn’t really matter.

Next up with a venison dish, served with brussel sprouts and some caramelised onions.

Finally I had the creamy mango pannacotta accompanied by vanilla pineapple (wicked combination!) and a scoop of coconut ice cream.

I’m pleased that I managed to grab a table – it’s particularly busy on weekends and definitely worth booking ahead. Service was prompt and courteous and the entire meal a very enjoyable experience.

Name: Michael Caines
Found at: Abode Manchester Hostel, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB
Website: http://www.michaelcaines.com/restaurants/manchester