We’re being told that the economy is on the up and are we now seeing the return of the long lunch as 47 King Street West launches a new set menu available until 5.30pm.
And what’s more it is a real bargain – with two courses at £11.95, three for £14.95 or if you do need to get back to the office a main for £8.95.
Once the new kid on the block, 47 King Street West is now over a year old and has established itself on the city’s culinary map, which is great to see as this family-run eatery goes from success to success.
“.definitely worth a visit with the new lunch menu another welcome innovation and available from noon to 5.30 if you want to relish the occasion.”
It started doing an evening menu over a year ago when it snaffled a new head chef in the form of Rod Francis, whose credentials include Lounge 10, Malmaison and the iconic Mash & Air and underwent a £100K refurb with a stylish new bar.
They are a bright spot in the chainy restaurant Manchester scene and definitely worth a visit with the new lunch menu another welcome innovation and available from noon to 5.30 if you want to relish the occasion.
Ginge and I sneaked out to give it a whirl and as always there was a warm welcome from Dad Mike and son Howie (Barry was elsewhere) as well as a super stylish booth that just makes you feel special.
“.tasted like the most glamorous comfort food you could ever put in your mouth.”
The menu changes fortnightly and unlike many other set menus I have had, I felt spoilt for choice. Obvs there’s veggie options as well as more than a sprinkling of French classics.
I opted for smoked mackerel pate with croutons but being from Yorkshire I asked for bread to spread it on – not sure if that was the right etiquette. This was wonderfully fresh and breathy with a superb depth of flavour.
“.a stunning blend of different textures and flavours brought to life with a piquant brown sauce – or a really posh egg Mcmuffin.”
Ginge had the ‘English Breakfast’ which was a beautifully presented muffin with black pudding and egg. He described this as a stunning blend of different textures and flavours brought to life with a piquant brown sauce – or a really posh egg Mcmuffin.
Onto mains and I opted for the coq au vin which again looked wonderful and sexy like a French dish should, with beautifully purple-hued chicken and a glossy, glistening sauce, as shiny as a shampoo advert. It came with pomme puree (or mash to us) and tasted like the most glamorous comfort food you could ever put in your mouth. Authentic to its Gallic roots that Rod does so well and means I will be back to try out his Duck Breast L’Orange before the menu changes.
Ginge has steak frites which you can get with either a pepper or Diane sauce and again this dish was beautifully cooked with the frites seasoned and delish for me to steal and the flattened, pan-fried steak, properly rare.
“.seriously all this for under £15, it has to be the best bargain in town.”
Onto puds and I opted for cheese which was a huge portion – seriously all this for under £15, it has to be the best bargain in town. I loved the brie and smoky, hard cheese that was perfect with a husky, autumnal chutney.
Ginge went for rice pudding, something I have an aversion to ever since Pa Chadders won a year’s supply of Ambrosia Rice (with the slogan Ambrosia rice is ever so nice). This he said was proper rice in a proper creamy wonderful sauce.
It really is good to see 47 King Street West confident and comfortable in its own skin, established now as one the city’s destination restaurants and this lunch deal is a must. In fact ditch the Christmas shopping (do it online) and hide out here for the afternoon.
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47 King Street West, Manchester, M3 2PW
0161 839 1929