Neighbourhood Visit: July 2016
We headed on down to Spinningfields in Manchester to check out a brand spanking new Neighbourhood. James Hitchen splashed out a massive million on the revamp giving Manchester city centre a nice slice of the high life for all. Polite, professional and on point door staff made for a great welcome into the Neighbourhood scene. The entrance is minimal with subtle signage that gives the place an instant chic and cool vibe. Sunday sessions are further enhanced with live music. The atmosphere was synonymous with visits to similar venues across Miami, Las Vegas, Florida and New York. The bar signage “The best view of Heaven is from Hell” keeps a part of Neighbourhoods hedonistic party past, but within a much more streamlined space with no separation between the dining area and bar which instantly gives the venue a more grown up feel, but still fun, classy and sophisticated with an equal emphasis on dining and drinking.
Plush pink padded booth style seating looked cosy and inviting. The wood panelled walls displayed pretty perfect pop artwork specially commissioned by local Manchester artist Davo Howarth. Light fixtures were symbolic with worldly globes that represents the brasseries worldwide influence offering both European and American cuisine. Clever cool custom made booths that have a space for the Ice bucket makes for a more spacious dining experience and creates ease for the server. The decor and surroundings were synonymous with the employees that worked there, smart, sophisticated and stylish.
I and my plus one got all cosy and snug in the booth and indulged in a board style platter that had a selection of tasty cured Meats, fresh bread and delicious cheeses for two. Teamed up with the big green olives, served on ice in a crisp clear martini glass. Accompanying the starter was a fresh crisp glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand £17 250ml. Lip smacking lushness, as you can see from the picture my lips seem to be imprinted within the glass!
Mouth-watering marvellous main courses included their legendary brilliant Beef Wellington, tender tasty Beef Fillet, with Mushrooms, glazed Carrots served with lashings of rich and indulgent Madeira Sauce. The delicious Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Lamb Cutlets were served with creamy mash and a well-balanced spiced olive jus. All washed down with a Bethany G6 Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia £15 250ml.
Dessert was not the standard typical Black Forest Gateaux, but I had come to expect nothing less from the Neighbourhood team. Art work on a plate arrived that was not just all show, but had substance too. The dish was visually stimulating mixing the deep purple colour spectrum, teamed with delightful detailing of edible flowers, wonderful white meringue snow caps and garden green leafs. Texturally the dish worked on the palate offering smooth, chewy, fresh crunch and crisp to the bite. Enjoyed alongside an excellent Espresso Martini, which was a mix of Absolut, Kahlua, vanilla syrup and espresso. Also, enjoyed was a classic and refreshing Pornstar Martini that was a mix up of Absolut Vanilla, butterscotch schnapps, vanilla and caramel syrup, pineapple, lemon juice, passion fruit puree, Prosecco.
Our Server Dioyysios looked after our every need, Arlent was wonderful throughout. Infact all the team were awesome!! Neighbourhood offers dining, drinking and dancing all under one roof. Definitely a go to hotspot in the City. Offering a fun, friendly and a fabulous atmosphere no matter who you are or what you do. A united and aspirational Neighbourhood for Everyone #OurNeighbourhood #YourNeighbourhood. This is definitely a part of town we will be visiting again!
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Neighbourhood, The Avenue, North Spinningfields, Manchester. M3 3BZ.
0161 832 6334