Huge new steakhouse Ribeye is preparing to open its doors on First Street – and it’s quite a looker.
The vast new site features a theatrical open kitchen, spacious and sleek interiors and an extensive menu of top quality steaks – including exclusive cuts of Wagyu beef and American steak Creekstone.
Luxury design features include a huge white blossom tree at the entrance, and statement rose bronze glass bulb chandeliers, while a vast Arabostca marble bar dominates the ground floor restaurant space. The Ribeye restaurant has been designed by Raju Haider, the man behind new crowdfunded restaurant KALA.
Upstairs is a mezzanine level with more seating, and plans for a private dining space to be developed in months to come. And the restaurant’s far wall is dominated by green foliage to mimic a grassy field – a nod to the grass-fed steaks on the menu.
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There is also a special Manchester bee themed booth which is the venue’s special tribute to all victims of the Manchester Arena bombing tragedy.
Owner Sohail Kaushal said: “This restaurant is for the people of Manchester, regardless of who you are. It’s all about the food here, and we have put together a team of very talented people to deliver the best service and the best food.
“We are Mancunian born and bred and everything about this restaurant is about the diversity of Manchester.”
Sohail also praised the warm welcome from fellow businesses on the burgeoning First Street business and entertainment district.
He said: “First Street is one of the most exciting areas in Manchester and we believe we have one of the best spots here.
“We jumped at the opportunity when it came around at this location and we have had such a warm welcome. A lot of businesses have already reached out to us and wished us good luck.”
Head chef is Djafar Yousfi, previously of the San Carlo Group, leading up a kitchen staff of 12. He said: “We’re using the three most top quality meats – Wagyu, Creekstone and Aberdeen Angus – so we’re really excited about it.
“We wanted the best of the best served exactly to the customers’ liking.”
So yes, that means even if you like your steak cooked blue or well done Djafar and his team will happily accommodate it.
Wagyu steaks are available as a 7oz fillet for £65 or a 9oz ribeye for £60. The Creekstone steaks, from beef fed on a 100% corn diet, cost from £30 for a 10oz sirloin up to £39 for a 9oz fillet.
The venue’s Aberdeen Angus steaks, from an award-winning Scottish farm, cost from £23 for a 10oz ribeye or sirloin, up to £65 for a vast 32oz Tomahawk steak.
For those who aren’t all about the meat, there’s also vegetarian and vegan offerings on the a la menu like black truffle arancini (£9) and marinated cauliflower steak (£13) as well as plenty of choice for those with specific dietary requirements.
The halal restaurant will feature Manchester’s first dry bar, with an extensive range of mocktails (all £5) which bosses say taste so good you won’t miss the alcohol. They include a Manchester Bee cocktail made of peach lemonade, lime and a touch of honey, of course, while a Ribeye Red features fresh berries and citrus.
There’s also an array of specially-created desserts from the venue’s Sicilian pastry chef including strawberry tiramisu (£7), daily-changing flavours of cheesecake (£7) and pistachio profiterole (£8),
The 140-cover restaurant will feature an outdoor terrace area with seating for up to 40 people opening by August, which is set to be the ideal suntrap to catch some Manchester rays this summer.
Ribeye opened for a soft launch for family and friends over the weekend, before opening to the public fully from 5pm on Monday1st July.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week, initially opening from 5pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 11.30pm. They will be opening for lunchtime sittings later in July from 12noon to 3pm.