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TV chef and heartthrob James Martin has moved into new territory with this self-named restaurant at Manchester 235 – the hottest entertainment and casino complex in the heart of the city. The
restaurant itself has been completely refurbished with rustic decor and an open-to-view ‘meat market’ specialising in beef from the Cumbrian Fells, British-reared Wagyu and aged Hereford cuts.
Otherwise, the menu gives native regional ingredients an eclectic spin – perhaps whisky- and vanilla-cured salmon with char-grilled cucumber, ketchup and pickled ginger, pan-fried stone bass with
cannellini bean and smoked mussel broth or Red Hill pork belly paired with roasted langoustine, pea fricassee and watercress emulsion. There’s also a full menu for vegetarians, while desserts might
see sticky toffee pudding alongside baked dark chocolate sablé with pistachios and yoghurt. The food is backed by a well-spread wine list.
In January I gave everybody advice about dating on the cheap, er frugal side.I’d be an idiot if I didn’t follow my own advice, especially when James Martin Manchester were offering their 6 course taster menu for a measly £30 during January.Shut up and take my money. Please.Of course, it being date night, I was well behaved and didn’t tweet, or post images on Instagram. But I did take photos. I know, Mr GFB is an incredibly patient man.I admit, eating in a casino can be a bit, well, weird. Whichever entrance you enter by, you walk past machine after machine, and tables of those...
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