Occupying a massive space in bustling Soho, Manzi’s is a seafood restaurant, sitting towards the casual end of the Wolseley Hospitality Group's restaurant spectrum. Unlike some of the pair’s other former projects (such as high-end The Wolseley), Manzi’s offers a fun and affordable vibe, similar to that of Brasserie Zédel.
If you’re wondering where the name comes from, it’s a bit of an in-joke with diners who have long been exploring London’s restaurant scene. Manzi’s was a long-standing fish restaurant in central London which shut its doors in 2012. The restaurant spreads itself across two floors and runs the full length of Soho's Bateman's Buildings, boasting a huge dining room as well as an expansive terrace. The dining room also boasts windows on both sides (a rarity in Soho), guaranteeing plenty of natural light. While the interiors channel a nautical theme, albeit with plenty of glamour, with a blue colour scheme, leather booth seats, a beautiful cocktail bar and glossy marble-topped tables.
Like its namesake, Manzi’s food menu specialises in seafood with a wide range of crustacea and fish on offer. Expect classic dishes and creative twists, from lobster thermidor to a New York shrimp burger. The all-day menu is divided into various sections, including sandwiches, crustaceans, starters, raw and cured options, mains, moules and specialities. Signature dishes include a monkfish wellington with sauce americaine, moules mariniere classique, and dressed Dorset crab with brown crab mayonnaise. A small selection of meat dishes are also available.
To drink, the cocktail list encompasses a range of Mediterranean-inspired creations, while the extensive wine list showcases esteemed producers from across the globe.
The restaurant seats 241 diners across two floors, as well as an additional 44 covers outside on the terrace. There is a ground-floor bar and dining room, while another more formal dining room can be found upstairs.