The countdown to Valentine’s Day has already begun, so what better way to shake off those January blues than to find an excellent place to wine and dine your beau? If you’re looking for somewhere different in Manchester to share 14th February with your loved one, be sure to give one of the following unique dining experiences in Manchester a try.
Is money no object? Dine at Adam Reid at The French
If you have deep pockets and a desire to impress, you can do no wrong by booking a table at Adam Reid at The French. They’ve put together an incredible nine-course set menu, complete with matching wines for each course. Pre-booking is essential given its tremendous reputation. The French is one of the most sophisticated places to dine in Manchester. It was one of the first eateries in the U.K. awarded a Michelin star. Its head chef is, unsurprisingly, Adam Reid, the winner of the Great British Menu 2016. As a born-and-bred Mancunian, Reid works hard to combine the best seasonal produce with progressive cuisines that tantalise and tempt the taste buds.
Sample James Martin’s Latest Offering at Manchester235
Manchester235 markets itself as the city’s number one casino, offering an excellent choice of table games. It’s even got a dedicated poker room that welcomes beginners. There is a wide selection of cash games, including a dealer’s choice table that used to be a favourite format at the World Series of Poker among pros such as ElkY Grospellier. Aside from its casino action, it is also home to a restaurant named in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Restaurants. Their restaurant, developed by celebrity chef James Martin, is set away from the casino floor on a secluded mezzanine level. It offers a unique Valentine’s Day package, with a five-course meal, a glass of Prosecco on arrival, live entertainment and a box of chocolates, all for £65 per person.
Gorge at Gaucho Manchester for a Valentine’s Steak
Nothing says a romantic meal out better than a good, juicy steak. Gaucho is one of the top steak restaurants in Manchester, offering a hip, contemporary place to eat in Deansgate. Famed for its authentic Argentinian cuisine, Gaucho features bold flavours and a dining scene that’s full of atmosphere. The striking monochromatic white and black colour scheme of the restaurant has its own piano to set the romantic mood. Aside from their melt-in-the-mouth meats, Gaucho also prepares some delicious cocktails and aperitifs, too, making it a genuine sensory experience for Valentine’s Day dinner and drinks.
Enjoy an Opulent Asian Experience at Vermilion
Located in the heart of Manchester’s Sport City is a little taste of Southeast Asia, Vermilion. This classy establishment is the brainchild of Miguel Cancio Martins, who also owns the exclusive Buddha Bar in the French capital of Paris. Set within a three-storey labyrinth, this Asian-Fusion dining experience is an absolute delight. They’ve put together an extra-special Valentine’s Day menu, mixing Thai, Japanese and Indian flavours. If you’re a sucker for seafood, you’ll love what the guys at Vermilion can do to infuse Asian flavours in fresh, tender fish. Aside from the Valentine’s Day menu, Vermilion’s Sunday buffet lunch proves exceptionally popular, offering a selection of 35 Asian Fusion dishes in the same ultra-chic surroundings for only £17.95 per head — an alternative, late-Valentine’s option if money is tight.
Share a Whole Tandoori Lobster at Asha’s
Indian has always been an excellent cuisine for sharers and social occasions, and Valentine’s Day is no different. Take a trip to Asha’s and get your hands on a mouth-watering, sharing feast and a bottle of bubbly to boot. Located on Peter Street, Asha’s is within walking distance of both Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations as well as the St. Peter’s Square tram stop. Asha’s first launched in Dubai back in 2002, and after delighting guests with flavourful, wholesome Indian food, the brand has since gone global — including Manchester. Head chef Ashwani Rangta has helped mastermind Asha’s to become Manchester’s only Indian restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide within its first 12 months.
Hopefully, at least one of these restaurants have captured your imagination before the big day. Valentine’s Day is for sure an excellent excuse to get into Manchester’s city centre and sample some of the best contemporary cuisines from menus tailor-made for romantics.