The final part of Mr C’s birthday trip was lunch at Michael Caines restaurant in Manchester. It’s hidden away on the lower ground floor of the hotel ABode on Piccadilly in the city centre along with his Champagne Bar. We were taken downstairs in the lift and entered an oasis of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city.
The restaurant was awarded two AA Rosettes in 2013-2014 and their cuisine uses the freshest seasonal and local produce and ingredients. The Executive Chef is Robert Cox. Lunch and Dinner is served Monday to Saturday.
I’d booked a table for 1.30pm. The staff were lovely and very welcoming. My booking was for the Taste of Spring lunchtime menu though we were asked if we wanted the Tasting Menu of six or ten courses and they also do a four course tasting menu at lunchtime for diners short on time.
We decided to stay with the lunch menu, this was £16.95 for two courses and a cocktail or £22.95 for three courses. Can be served with matching wines at an extra cost.
The cocktail was a mix of gin, elderflower and egg white. It was lovely, very light and refreshing, a perfect lunchtime treat.
We decided against a starter but did choose bread for two. As at The French the day before the bread was a course on it’s own. A honey roll, french stick and a sundried tomatoe and herb slice. This was freshly baked and the smell was heavenly. The honey roll was divine. Bread was £1.50 per person.
Main courses, I chose the Roasted Cod, this was served with burnt apple puree, samphire, lemon and cider sauce and new potatoes.
The fish was delicious with huge flakes and the skin was divine. I loved the apple with the fish and there was lots of samphire on my plate, it’s often used too sparingly.
Mr C had the Pan Fried Herb Gnocchi with poaches quail egg, wild mushrooms and a rosemary foam.
I am so glad Mr C let me pinch a piece of his Gnocchi, it was like a heavenly potato pillow full of taste and flavour, almost melting in my mouth. Highly recommend!
For dessert we were both won over by the Salted Chocolate Tart and we weren’t disappointed. Served with banana ice cream and a piece of caramelised banana. I’m not a banana lover but it really worked with the thick almost torte like chocolate.
Coffee and petit fours to finish at £4.50 per person. A very rich and deep Americano coffee that was the perfect end to our meal served with a miniature Madeleine and a piece of creamy fudge. A slight disappointment on the petite fours but that’s just because they’re one of my secret addictions and I wanted something to wow me. Pretty and very tasty but no wow factor.
I loved the hint of orange throughout the restaurant, picked up in the gerbera on the table, the ties of the serving staff and the lighting around the Champagne Bar. Simply decorated making the food the star of the restaurant.
The toilets followed the simple decoration of dark wood with hints of orange with Arran Aromatic handsoap and hand lotion in orange and cream. No paper hand towels though the vanity bench with the sinks did have spaces to throw used towels. Using an electric hand dryer doesn’t dry your hands enough to use hand lotion.
Michael Caines at ABode Manchester
0161 247 7744
I have not been asked or paid to make this review. All comments are my own.