Jasmine Grill is one of a kind.
Neighbouring taxi firm StreetCars owners, based in Manchester’s Gay Village, loved the grub served up by the Jasmine restaurant nestled beneath its offices on Sackville Street. So when the previous restaurant owner decided he didn’t want to continue with the lease, bosses of the taxi firm decided they would simply take it on themselves.
They had fallen in love with the food from head chef Alex Alsahli, and didn’t want to lose his skill and talent in the city. They are now planning a relaunch and rebrand of the restaurant as Jasmine Grill, offering an extended menu of Alex’s eclectic mix of cuisine.
This Turkish-Lebanese restaurant takes traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and lifts it to the level of fine-dining, employing high-quality ingredients and innovative ideas to create inspired dishes that you won’t find anywhere else.
Based on Richmond Street, a few steps back from Manchester Crown Court, it’s a beautiful venue, all sparkling ornaments and tasteful gold fittings.
It’s just a year old but already feels like an established fixture on the city’s food scene, with outstanding word-of-mouth from Manchester’s food-lovers.
And this is for one reason: the incredible food. Each dish has been designed and perfected by head chef Alex, who was born in Syria and went on to polish his culinary skills at high-end locations around the UK, before taking the helm at Jasmine Grill.
And it’s not just food. Jasmine Grill has a well-stocked bar with an expert cocktail waiter at the helm. The mocktails here are many levels above most you’d find in Manchester – beautifully-crafted, colourful fruit-based concoctions that are worth the visit alone.
When it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine, Jasmine Grill is above and beyond its near rivals, by some measure.
An evening here will introduce you to a whole world of fascinating ideas based around Turkish and Lebanese food, not to mention charming staff, a beautiful venue and some of the most memorable dishes in all of Manchester.