City Cafe

City Cafe

British

0.5 miles
1 Auburn Street, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3DG
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Although just a stone's throw from Manchester Piccadilly station, Mint Hotel's City Café feels like an elegant hideaway from the bustling urban jungle outside. The ambience is pitch-perfect; special enough to impress yet charmingly unintimidating. New head chef Michael Campbell was previously at The Lowry, where many of Manchester's top chefs have done a stint. He has created a sophisticated modern European menu that changes regularly and makes the most of seasonal and local ingredients. Our starters recreated Italian ideas with British ingredients. Soft pillows of pea and mint gnocchi on a bed of pea purée came drizzled with a herby, zesty gremolata, while the pale, delicate crab tortellini were dainty and moreish. Mains were presented exquisitely with some clever touches - crispy-skinned guinea fowl came with an unusual confit leg cannelloni, and tender sea bass was set off by a bright green watercress risotto. Desserts are great fun. 'Tea and Cake' (Earl Grey custard layered with foamed condensed milk in a tea cup) comes with two sugar-dusted Eccles cakes, and the Manchester tart with Boddington's ice cream was another superb local reference point. Unlike some hotel restaurants, City Café is a fantastic stand-alone destination. This is a unique Northern take on fine dining; confident food cleverly done, served up with a sense of fun


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Open: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat & Sun 1pm-10pm

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