Mana (Manchester)

42 Blossom Street
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70
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Based on 294 parameters and reviews
Updated 2020-02-21
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Description

  • Phone number: +44 161 392 7294
  • Cuisine:
    British
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    Vegetarian Friendly
  • Restrictions:
    Vegetarian Friendly
  • Meal types:
    Lunch
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    Dinner
  • Category:
    Sit down


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    BrianHill125 2020-02-26

    In spite of being asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early, when we did we were asked if we could leave and come back a bit later. We obviously refused and were then reluctantly accommodated. Not a good start to a Michelin experience. All dishes were innovative and full of flavour and character. On reading the souvenir menu card ( which I had to ask for ) we had one dish omitted - poached oyster, English wasabi, dill - no explanation why ! My son later comented on the bill as we were incorrectly charged for drinks which were expensive anyway and he was charged 12 1/2 % service automatically. this was both unnecessary and unwarranted. Had we been settling ourselves on the night I would have not agreed to that and it was not written anywhere in the literature. All in all, nice food but greedy patron and sub standard service. Will not return.

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    dawnp488 2020-02-22

    I wish I could give this whole experience a 10. We went for the lunch time experience on a Friday. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel very welcome and at ease by very friendly staff. The restaurant is very modern and clean with only a few tables and small bar/waiting area but that makes it intimate and special. There is plenty of space between tables, so you feel like you have your own space. We were shown to the bar area where we ordered some drinks and were served with our first 3 courses which were presented beautifully and each course explained as to what it was and where the food was sourced. A lot of the ingredients are locally sourced which we loved being proud to be from this area. After we were taken to our table which was positioned directly in front of the kitchen area. All the chefs are in an open area so you can view all of the preparation and care they take in every dish, making sure each are served immaculately. We loved watching them with all the attention to detail they have and they work amazingly as a calm team. There was music playing, not too loud, but loud enough to make the restaurant have a great atmosphere. The chefs also serve the food to your table (including chef patron himself) and again explain all about the dishes and are more than happy to answer any questions you have. They also bring any plates, cutlery you need for your courses and clear your table after each dish which is a lovely idea as you can let them know how much you enjoyed their food. We didn’t have the wine paring but did have a lovely bottle of Pinot noir, which was delicious and refreshing accompaniment to our lunch. My husband has a fish and shell fish allergy, so a couple of the dishes were changed for him but made with equal attention to detail and flavour. I personally do not really like mushrooms but would eat them every day if they were prepared by the chefs at Mana, the mushroom and kelp broth and the mushrooms on toast with truffle were absolutely delicious. It was also the first time I had ever eaten eel and would be more than happy to choose this dish again and again as it was deliciously charred and sweet. My husband especially like the beef tartare with sorrel leaves and we both agreed that the duck dish was outstanding. All of the staff were very professional and add to the whole ambience but would like to make a special mention to the the maitre d’ and the young female chef for making our experience exceptional. Her dessert of woodruff ice cream with the caramelised barley was to die for. We loved the whole experience and the food was amazing, we just wish that we booked for the evening to experience even more.

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    markharrop46 2020-02-16

    Our 1st ever fine dining experience. We were made to feel comfortable & welcome from the outset. We went for Saturday lunch & chose the the pairing wine option. James knowledge & explanation of the wines along with the young chefs description of each dish made the afternoon an absolute delight. It’s expensive but we both thoroughly enjoyed our luxurious treat

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    Linda H 2020-02-15

    The food was very nice. I came with my friends and they all enjoyed it and the service from the staff was good too

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    Spanisheyes5 2020-02-14

    This was our fifth visit to Mana and the award of the Michelin star appears to have spurred them on to even greater heights. The quality of the ingredients and the seasonings were spot on with every single course. The kitchen is a riot of imagination. It is difficult to single out a favourite course as each one was perfect. I will though give a special mention to the mushrooms on toast with langoustine head and truffle - fantastic. The service, as ever, was attentive and friendly without being overbearing. James, the sommelier was helpful and highly knowledgeable. We chose an old vine chenin blanc which he suggested he decanted to fully open the wine - good call James ! A truly memorable evening.

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    Scarabocchiare 2020-02-12

    This was a new experience for me and my family - a restaurant with a Michelin Star; just imagine! Well, I couldn't have imagined what was to come. On arrival, you are greeted most courteously, but not unctuously, by the friendly Maitre D (or whatever he calls himself), and made to feel at home from the outset. There is an air of calm excellence, in which you can have a drink and contemplate what is about to take place. Most interesting of all, in my opinion, is that where the food is prepared is open to view, but it looks like they're all finished for the day! Most restaurants don't look this clean and neat and tidy until after closing time. You'd never know the chefs were cooking your food, unless you look very closely. Chef Simon Martin has created an environment in which the very act of cooking appears to be carried out 'en passant', almost imperceptibly. And yet, from that 'hive of inactivity' emerges some of the most amazing food I've ever had the pleasure of eating. The tasting menu gives you the opportunity to experience some of the most surprising food - unfamiliar names, unexpected combinations, and just one epiphany after another. For some, like me, this is a rare occurrence, but really - one not to be missed if you can do it. I cannot recommend Mana highly enough, even if you think your palate may not be sophisticated enough to do justice to these creations. A special occasion perhaps? Don't miss the chance to savour what the experts eat. It's expensive, but well worth a treat.

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    paulamccr0ssan 2020-02-11

    Firstly I was disappointed to read the negative reviews posted and in our experience non of it applied. I took my family for lunch. The room was modern and the staff were warm, attentive and friendly. The food was small portions but what we tasted was beautiful, I have never had eel before and now I’m a fan! The imagination and thought behind the menu and presentation was inspiring. I would definitely go back and enjoy the experience again. Some people, like me go out to enjoy themselves and that’s what we did at Mana, thank you.

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    Mark_J_G 2020-02-09

    This was an experience. Right from walking in the front door when we were greeted enthusiastically with a wonderful setting. The staff are all amazing. Very knowledgeable. Very friendly. Very hard working and they make the atmosphere so pleasurable. Food is outstanding. So much attention to detail. Love how Simon’s passion for Japanese cooking and amazing ingredients really comes through. Some wonderful dishes in there. Eel, duck, mushrooms were particular stand out dishes, The mushrooms are prepared with such care and taste, but it’s hard to narrow it down. Sommelier was so helpful. I let him choose the wine and they were 10/10. Lunch menu is great value. Why would you ever go to a chain or manufactured restaurant when this is not much more. All in all, a restaurant which Manchester can be very proud of. We can’t wait to go again!!

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    harrison637 2020-02-03

    I was very excited about visiting Mana given the flurry of attention and praise which it has received. The staff and service were impeccable. The venue design and decor follows a modern, neutral and minimal template, you could be in a building anywhere in the world. The food was nice, but a bit overly technical and stiff. I found the taste combinations a bit dull and repetitive, heavy earthy mushroom and miso flavours accompanied with twig garnish. I get the concept of locally foraged and sourced produce but this just felt like a poor man's Maaemo. Mana serves lovely wine from the around the world but I would like to see it import some other exotic influences. I have eaten in many Michelin star restaurants, mostly on the continent, and on most occasions I been transported somewhere remarkable by the overall the experience. Mana was a disappointingly empty experience - the price implies brilliance and enchantment - neither of which I experienced.

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    cherry7409 2020-02-02

    So much about Mana is remarkable and deserves credit. The level of service and attention to detail is flawless from start to finish, the fact that they don’t cram in tables helps maintain a sense of exclusivity. The transparency of the kitchen, the number of young employees. This is clearly a forward thinking, innovative restaurant and I admire the ethos. Our main issue was the food. We had the vegetarian menu and the flavours were at times unique but also the highly technical prowess that went into the courses lacked soul, generosity and flavour. For 500 quid for 2 (1 bottle of wine and 2 glasses of red) I expected more. I have had meals with much more love and flavour for far less. Won’t be going back.

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    bob w 2020-02-02

    The earliest booking we could get for our party of four was a for a Saturday lunchtime a couple of months ahead, and it was well worth the wait. Service was great from the start, and our sommelier James was super helpful and clearly very knowledgeable. Two of us had the wine flight, and the wines selected were all excellent. As you`d expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, the courses were superb, and the main problem was trying to eat each one mindfully rather than wolfing each plate down. There is always a risk with this kind of high-end cooking that the end results can be too clever, but although there were a lot of unusual ingredients, the flavours all worked beautifully. The quantities were just right, and we never felt over-faced with food, and could even enjoy the extra cheese course at the end. Two of our party are keen amateur cooks, and it is great to come to a restaurant where the food is far advanced from anything we could try at home, despite our various fancy cooking gadgets. We have agreed to put ourselves on the reserve waiting list to try and return asap, at the expense of the kids inheritance, poor little mites!

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    AMAJAMER 2020-01-25

    Amazing experience, the sommelier was fantastic, great wine pairing throughout. Incredible food - really cool to see the team prep the food for each course. Loved it

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    Emma M 2020-01-21

    Fantastic to see that Manchester has a Michelin star restaurant again after so many years and the star is well deserved here. the staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable at the level that you would expect for Michelin. the food is adventurous, innovative, attractive and of course tasty. A great simple restaurant design with great taster food.

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    Kingpaul100 2020-01-21

    Booked in here after finding out that my favourite restaurant in Manchester has closed !- MCR- such a shame. However I do have to say thet Mana has stepped into my void. The food here is excellent. Taster menu with wine flight is an attack on the taste buds for sure!- contrasting flavours /textures and excellent presentation- use of leaves and flowers also enhances dishes. A very coloutful presentation too. Very imaginative presentation. Staff are very knowledgeable about dishes and wines. The taster menu amd wine flight gives you the opportunity of tasting things that you would possibly never order from an a la carte menu. All comes at a price but it is a rather special dining experience. Open Wed - Sat evenings and lunchtime from Thurs.

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    rodl647 2020-01-19

    One of the best dining experiences we have enjoyed, since we went to Moor Hall and that says a lot. Truly excellent menu, crafted courses, balance in the food, wonderfully presented and served predominantly by those who prepared the courses. Given my taste in White Wine, then the list was great and reasonably priced for the quality of the restaurant. Hugely deserves its meteoric rise. long may it go onto serve a very high quality experience. We will return!

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    saysagejockey 2020-01-15

    on leaving i said to my friend thats the best meal experience ive had in the last 20 years not since juniper in its prime have i been blown away by a manchester restaurant like this; the night was a wonderful evening of top notch service,spell blindingly spectacular food fab wines and a rip roaring atmosphere chris was a fantastic host and all the chefs were obliging,happy;professional and caring course after course of belting food kept appearing and we finished off with a stunning cheese board i cant rate this place any higher,ive eaten at 33 michelin starred restaurants over the years and this is probably my favourite;high praise indeed but well deserved

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    KandATravels 2020-01-12

    My husband and I had a wonderful meal and experience at Mana to celebrate his birthday. Welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere and amazing food served by a friendly informative team. Recommend the wine pairing. You won’t be disappointed - it comes highly recommended from us! We’ll definitely be going back again soon.

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    tracey s 2020-01-07

    Explore the exceptional taste sensations coupled with the visual delight of each dish. The smells of the kitchen and sounds of the brigade make a trip to Mana a truly sensual experience. Super proud to have Mana in Manchester, bring on *2

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    Pam N 2019-12-22

    Simon Martin is incredibly talented. We visited again yesterday and had a truly fantastic experience. The beef tartare, goosnargh duck, pork skin and the eel were just amazing - sadly I lack the skills to describe them adequately but they WERE out of this world. We had the wine flight which included many unusual wines which we would not normally have the opportunity to try. The service is spot on - knowledgeable yet informal, friendly yet efficient. Special mention to James the sommelier ! I dont have a sweet tooth and always prefer the savoury elements of what I eat, but the ice cream was indescribably good (so I won't embarass myself by trying!) Overall, could not be bettered. Completely deserving of its Michelin star.

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