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A new restaurant at the Abode hotel in Manchester - the jury is still out on the name (and no, it's not named after the actor Michael Caine, and no it's not a blatant rip off since the head chef at the Abode group is named...Michael Caines). The restaurant promises fine dining, and it's own champagne bar. For a more informal eat/drink the Abode has an upstairs cafe bar.
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We went last night for my Husband's 40th Birthday. We were looking for something a bit special in Manchester to celebrate. Where to start. We had cocktails at the champagne bar to start with and I was very impressed our drinks they were really well made, exciting, unusal and very tasty I was really looking forward to our meal. There is a browsing menu, a la carte and taster menu. We choose off the a la carte menu. I would like to think we know something of good food given my husband has been a fine dining restaurant manager for many years. He choose Foie Gras and Duck, I choose Scallops and Lamb, all combinations with potential to impress. We received an appetiser of Gazpacho and a basket of bread. The breads were lovely with different flavours, the Gazpacho poor, it reminded me of pulped tinned tomatoes. After a considerable amount of time (in excess of 15 minutes) our starters turned up. I can't complain about them but nor can I get excited about them. At the weekend I ate in our local pub and had scallops, I'd be hard pushed to state where there were differences, surely there should have been? Both dishes were ordinary, yes the presentation was pleasant, but the flavours were so passe, pedestrian. Plates cleared away we again waited patiently for our main course...and we waited and we waited. It is possible that we are impatient but conversation was made difficult because of the width of the table, I almost felt like waving at my husband because the table was just so wide. It was a 2 seater table. Acutely aware if we wanted to talk we had to accept that our neighbours would be privvy to everything we had to say, as we had to raise our voices to ensure we could be heard. By simply turning the tables, intimacy would be acheived. So back to the food, my husband received his dish duck and I received my lamb. Picture a duck breast thinly sliced and 2 lamb chops; on the plates were accompanying sauces and vegetables. A word of warning if you have a huge appetite, eat before you leave home. I am a tiny person and I laughed at the dish laid before me. I had heard about cordon bleu fancy miniature morsels but always thought it was an urban myth as I have never seen it first hand before. We weren't expecting troughs of food, simply a decent portion. Remember the bread, well thank heavens for the basket of bread I felt so sorry for my husband as he does like his food. Both meats were well seasoned and flavoured but akin to the starter nothing amazing, 'nice' but not delicious. I really wanted a treat for my taste buds what was presented to us was not cutting edge cusine, quite unimpressive and boring really, a high street chain could have acheived what we ate. So disappointed we decided not to bother with a desert but my Husband ordered an expresso and Petit Fours. Again a huge wait, the restaurant was not busy, hugely over staffed yet everything took so long. We ordered our bill which arrived very promptly but was incorrect, it took some time for the house to work out what was wrong, even though my Husband had quite, indeed ridiciously honestly pointed out that we had been undercharged. If someone else is paying, or it's going on company expenses go to abode. If you're looking for a fine dining experience to celebrate an occasion go elsewhere. Temper your expectations for it's lacking on so many fronts.
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