Mana is a Michelin-starred restaurant owned and run by Chef-Patron Simon Martin, who brings his considerable experience from working in Copenhagen’s two-Michelin-starred Noma. His outlook might seem a little pretentious – he talks at length on his website about how his restaurant or “canvas” allows him to breathe, energise and channel his personality into an evolving and immersive experience for others to share in – but when the result is an inventive tasting menu that has won numerous accolades, it’s easily forgiven.
Each day, in the state-of-the-art open kitchen, the very best produce from the British Isles is transformed into small dishes that make up the multi-course tasting menus available from Wednesday-Saturday. Each is thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed to ensure it is full of flavour and beautiful to behold.
As you’d expect, the menu changes daily depending on what produce is available, but examples of dishes you could encounter include barbecued duck broth with lavender, blue mussel with inoculated grains and pickled flowers, aged eel with roasted yeast and blueberry, and lovage and dark chocolate Æbleskiver (Danish pancake balls). Optional wine pairing is available for both the lunch tasting menu experience and the dinner tasting menu experience and promises an interesting and challenging selection.
Mana isn’t located in the centre of Manchester, but in Ancoats – a trendy neighbourhood known for its burgeoning food and drink scene. That said, its interiors wouldn’t look out of place in Mayfair thanks to widely spaced tables, gauzy white curtains at the windows, and pendant lights hanging at varying lengths throughout the dining room. Reservations are only taken via Mana’s own booking system online and pre-payment is required, so if you’re looking to book for a special occasion, it’s worth doing so well in advance. The kitchen is able to cater for all intolerances and allergies except vegan menus or menus free from milk protein.