Located on the 19th floor of No1 Spinningfields, recently opened 20Stories is Manchester’s highest restaurant and features two separate menus, two bar areas and stunning panoramic views of the city.
Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef at the time to receive a Michelin star, has managed to create an almost tropical space that everyone seems to be talking about. The restaurant is divided by a marble bar and serves signature cocktails and spirits. The fine dining menu has some adventurous options and fairly high prices whereas the more affordable grill menu showcases traditional dishes with a modern take.
The grill menu proves to be a good choice as the starters of veal carpaccio (£8.00) and beef tartare (£8.50) are both amazing.
The beef came with a selection of condiments for you to mix in yourself, the violet mustard was a winner for me.
The poached haddock with curried cauliflower (£12.50) main tasted fresh and light, the spices didn’t overwhelm this delicate fish and there was plenty of it.
My main of North Yorkshire chicken truffle and pea macaroni (£12.00) unfortunately hit a bum note and the layer of oil sitting on top of the dish just put me off. The small amounts of chicken were really tasty and it was a shame there wasn’t more of it, perhaps a work in progress?
Dessert of vanilla pannacotta with bramble and apple (£6.50) was creamy and not too sweet.
I felt like it was lacking something additional for texture but I’ve spotted some more recent diners photos and it looks like the dish has been developed to add some crunch!
20Stories combines fantastic service, tasty food and breathtaking views. The huge initial buzz surrounding this place is fab but it’s the loyal returning customers that generally keep most restaurants going, something that I feel will be hard to maintain given the prices. Even if you’re not particularly a foodie, go and have a look as the views alone are be enough to get anyone up there!
Author: Charlie Rowarth