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!
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