Grafene Manchester Dinner #Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

Grafene Manchester Dinner Review: April 2018

Grafene is a unique cutting edge innovative restaurant and bar located in upmarket King Street in Manchester city centre.  Owners Paul and Kathryn, with a wealth of experience behind them, used this knowledge to bring Manchester a modern British menu, with food being locally sourced where possible, to all be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

Décor is an mix of industrial, with earthy coloured upholstered seating, softened with fabrics, fresh flowers and amazing artwork.  All this along with the wide-open windows, that allows for masses of natural light, has brought the countryside indoors, vamped up with some city edge.

Seating includes intimate tables for two, booths for larger gatherings with friends or family, and a discreet private dining area, that is offset from the main room, which gives the feeling of privacy without being cut off from the atmosphere.

The worlds first 2D material Graphene, was first isolated by Manchester University, and this has been the inspiration behind the name Grafene.  Paul sees this new scientific innovation, to be synonymous with Grafene’s ethos.  Paul states, “Grafene is our food and drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester’s rich history, and of the excitement and energy there is around its possibilities for science and technology.”

Zack, our server made his introductions, and he was first class, a natural.  Good vibes, a warm welcome and looked after us throughout the evening.  Even though there was not a mocktail menu, the team had no problems shaking me up some marvellous mocktails, including a virgin mojito and a beautiful berry mix up.  Adopting an environmental approach, by using paper straws, made enjoying these drinks even more sweet.

We opted to go full Vegetarian, as if a chef can do veggie then he is a keeper, and I can tell you Head Chef Ben Mounsey delivered.  To start, both dishes, Beetroots, granola, spinach, nasturtium, verjus, and the Cep, consommé, truffle, enoki, buttermilk, both beautiful with good earthy, but clean flavours.

Mouth-watering mains, that disappeared of the plates in record time, included the Artichoke, rice, preserved lemon, leeks and the Cauliflower, croquette, Szechuan, white cabbage, nero.  Two seriously sensational superb plates of paradise.

Divine, delicious and delightfully indulgent desserts included the Mint chocolate brownie, mousse, oil, parfait and the ‘Sally Cinnamon’, popcorn, nimixtilised melon, granola.  Both dishes interesting, innovative and inspiring.

The ambiance and atmosphere were on point, fine dining without feeling stuffy.  Flavoursome, flawless and fabulous food delivered with five-star service in a relaxed professional Manchester style.  Grafene, Greatness and Gorgeousness!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


93 thoughts on “Grafene Manchester Dinner #Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

  1. I’ve often wondered if I were to move back to England where would I live. I am originally from Northampton. The Midlands holds a special place in my heart. I have some very fond memories of dancing in Manchester. I have to investigate upon my return and take mental note of this place 🙂

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  2. This is why I enjoy trying out different restaurants so much. I think this place it beyond worth it and it would be nice to give it a try if I were ever in the area. It’s beautiful and the food looks amazing!

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  3. Oh wow, the decor is amazing and the dishes look so beautiful!!! It’s true about chefs cooking with veg… if they can create good vegetarian meals they are keepers 😉

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  4. The atmosphere looks better to me than the food. It looks like one of those food network trendy places where you order dessert for $65 and it’s three bites of something good! It’s wonderful plating, and i love that it looks like each section has a different feel like different rooms in a museum

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  5. This place sound like its right up my alley! I love great food and great ambience! If I am ever in town I will be sure to check it out.

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  6. What a fantastic dining experience to have at Grafene.. The food looks exceptional, beautifully cooked, exquisitely presented and of the highest quality.

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  7. I have looked at their website and by looks of things, they have not spared any expense to make themselves known. I am already intrigued at their menu and the food they have to offer. Love this review.

    John M

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