Dark and delicious at the Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

If you’re looking for a place to eat that’s chic and sophisticated with a darker side, then look no further than the Malmaison Brasserie where we ate on the Saturday night of our recent weekend in Manchester.

Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

If our Friday night choice of the Grill on the Alley was a great place to eat with friends to start your night on the town, the Malmaison Brasserie was more of a place to linger in the sultry art deco interior before retiring for a nightcap to the cocktail bar next door.

Malmaison Bar, Manchester

Malmaison Bar, Manchester

In the daytime the restaurant is light and airy but in the evening the red glowing side lamps are turned low and the candles flicker on the table. It was way too dark for me to take any decent pictures of the dining area when we were there, which is why I’m showing you the press shots from the Malmaison website.

The Malmaison is also a boutique hotel set in a former cotton-spinners’ warehouse and the dusky black and red theme extends through the rooms as well as the restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The red velvet and black leather seating, displays of wine bottles on the dresser and window sills, with sinuous wrought iron screens made it an elegant and cosy setting with upmarket nightclub overtones.

The food was impressive too with a menu that was familiar enough to please most tastes yet inventive enough to bring out the foodie in you with all the plus points of using seasonal produce from local sources. I was pleased to see a reasonably priced set menu flagged as ‘homegrown and local’ with 2 courses for £15.50 and 3 courses for £17.50

Smoked Chicken salad at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

Smoked Chicken salad at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

Bouillabaise at Malmaison Brasseire in Manchester

Bouillabaise at Malmaison Brasseire in Manchester

It’s always a good sign when the chefs are trying that little bit harder to tempt their customers back in these recessionary times. But whenever I see that ‘local produce’ label it always brings out the sneaky in me and I like to test the staff to see if they’re just paying lipservice to the buzz words – but our waitress was able to quote to me where most of the ingredients came from around the area.

Monkfish with Chorizo at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

Monkfish with Chorizo at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

White Chocolate desert at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

White Chocolate desert at Malmaison Brasserie in Manchester

I decided to eat from this ‘Homegrown and Local’ menu to see if it was as good as it sounded and it was – I had a great salad with smoked chicken and little cubes of salty feta cheese (that well known Lancashire speciality), then a bouillabaise which never has great plate appeal but tasted deliciously garlicky with large chunks of halibut and mussels. To complete the set meal I had a white chocolate mousse which was very moreish and beautifully presented. The monkfish with chorizo, butterbeans and melting red peppers that my dearly beloved ate was also delicious, and the sort of dish you make a mental note to try and recreate next time you’re having friends round for dinner. All in all we left feeling relaxed and  well-satisfied and if we lived in Manchester, this is the place we’d be returning for many more candle-lit dinners.

This article is posted as part of Wanderlust Wednesday hosted over at Wanderlust and Lipstick – head over to taste some Guava and Soursop juice and other foodie delights

Malmaison Brasserie
Manchester, M1 1LZ
Tel: 0161 278 1000

We received a complimentary meal at the Malmaison Brasserie as part of our visit to Manchester sponsored by Creativetourist.com where you can find all the latest creative happenings in art, exhibitions and museums for your weekend in Manchester.

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Steak and Seafood at the The Grill on the Alley in Manchester
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  • Reply
    Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    March 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Looks like a great place to eat. Nice to hear that the staff actually know where the ingredients come from. Nice shots. I particularly like the desert shot.

  • Reply
    March 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    That looks like a fantastic restaurant and the desserts look amazing!

  • Reply
    March 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I love the colors they used for the interior design.

  • Reply
    March 31, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful decor; how were their veggie options?

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    Heather Cowper
    April 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    @ Beth – to be honest, I didn’t look too closely at the veggie options but the menu is here http://www.malmaison-manchester.com/files/Winter%2010%20menus/Manchester%20Winter%2010%20menu.pdf and the pumpkin and gorgonzola gnochi sounds nice. I know veggies do get left out in the cold a bit so you need to choose your restaurants with a bit more care!

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    Review of Macdonald Hotel Manchester | Heather on her travels
    May 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    […] Although there was a charge for wifi, there was a free plug-in internet connection in the room, for which a connecting cable was available at reception and there was also a free internet terminal in the reception area. I had trouble printing out a walking guide but the helpful staff came and sorted out the problem for me. We had a nice chat with the chirpy concierge too, who gave us instructions on how to use the metro-line to get to the museums we wanted to visit and also recommended the jazz club Matt and Phred’s we visited after our Saturday night meal at the nearby Malmaison Brasserie. […]

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