When the thrill of the grill is calling there is little more satisfying than a juicy steak. Here are our top 5 Manchester meateries.
Mr Thomas’ Chop House, 52 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AR
Mr Thomas’s Chop House is a jewel in Manchester’s culinary crown. The atmosphere upon entering this fine Victorian building is warm, friendly and welcoming, and the traditional setting is backed up by a menu that is peppered with hearty and wholesome British food. For example, the Manchester steak is a modern take on a classic wartime recipe, while Tom’s legendary corned beef hash cakes take ten days of careful preparation to make. Being a chop house, of course, there’s a selection of locally sourced chops and lots of grill dishes, including 28-day-aged steaks, as well as fresh fish and vegetarian options.
The website for Hawksmoor puts an emphasis on its ethics and the quality of our very own British beef and rightly so. As the website states the best beef in America and Argentina originates from British cattle, even the Japanese crossed their famed Wagyu with British breeds in the nineteenth century to improve flavour. Hawksmoor advocates using traditional methods of producing beef to ensure the very best quality. Besides the usual foodie accolades Hawksmoor have been shortlisted as one of the most sustainable restaurant groups in the country at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards, been given an award by Action Against Hunger for passing £500,000 in fundraising and donations, and have been awarded the Marco Longari Award for Changing Lives for supporting One Water. So what does this say about the food exactly? It says that they take it very seriously the meat is at least 28-day ‘dry-aged’, a good thing. They are not vacuum-packed and ‘wet-aged’, a process which can retains weight but leaches minerals and flavour. If you’re after steak that is ‘the real deal’ this should be your first stop.
Gaucho 2A St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
It may be oddly poetic that Gaucho is situated in a converted church because by the time you’ve finished eating here you’ll be thanking God you came. With a 500g sirloin that’s big enough for two if you’re inclined to share and an Argentinean themed wine list with over 140 bottles to sample, many of which are created uniquely for Gaucho itself, you’ll be in 7th heaven. The restaurant itself is a lot to take in, from the open kitchen to the Art Deco glass panelled ceiling. You’ll find yourself staring skyward at glittering chandeliers, or if you fancy it find a seat on the mezzanine for a bird’s eye view of the kitchen. Gaucho also holds screenings showing cult classics with a twist. The twist is that all of the screenings are interactive, giving you an opportunity to immerse yourself within the film.” If it’s on the screen, it’s on your plate or in your glass.”
Head Chef Kevin Wigglesworth certainly has the culinary chops (pun intended) to run one of Manchesters best restaurants. Formerly Kevin worked at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire – that was after working for Albert Roux at le Gavroche for 3 years. At RBG provenance is everything and the beef is sourced from the award-winning Dinmore Manor herd in Herefordshire, naturally reared on grass, forage and grain before being dry-aged for a minimum of 35 days to concentrate the complexity before it is seared medium rare on RBG’s charcoal and wood burning grill. The restaurant provides the ultimate dining experience, situated over three floors and featuring a suspended staircase from the long bar and casual dining on the ground floor to the large more formal first floor restaurant and alfresco terrace and bar which is a great oasis in the city and a wonderful place for cocktails or coffee.
When CAU (Carne Argentina Unica pronounced ‘cow’ yes, very clever indeed.) was started, the aim was to capture the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires in a restaurant and to bring that sense of fun, vitality and passion to the UK and it’s fair to say that CAU have succeeded. With items on the menu like the Tira De Ancho, (which at £33.50 for 500g is a monster piece of rib-eye) that heart is maintained by marinating the meat in chimichurri, a piquant Argentinian green sauce and then slow grilling it for maximum tenderness. If however you’re looking for something a little less pricey, every Wednesday the wonderfully named Midweek Meat Up offers up grass fed steak, sides, sauce and a glass of matching Malbec for just £20. Drop in for mouth-watering steaks, burgers and steak sandwiches and a tempting selection of moreish favourites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist but don’t forget to leave room for some of the sumptuous puddings on offer.