Six By Nico, the new restaurant from Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone, will serve a completely new six course menu every six weeks when it opens this month in the former Roc & Rye site on Spring Gardens.

The first menu has been announced today for the first six weeks – and it’s themed around the local chip shop. 

A nostalgic nod to the past, ‘The Chippie’ six dishes are based on the classics found in a traditional British fish and chip shop, each one re-imagined and re-created with a contemporary twist.

The menu will include the most popular chip shop dishes, with items including chips and cheese, and a fish supper.

“We are very excited to launch our restaurant in Manchester with ‘The Chippie’ concept,” said Nico Simeone.

“Most people are familiar with the tastes and scents of their local chip shop and we wanted to take the idea of the everyday chippie menu and re-invent it to create a playful food experience that guests would recognise and be amazed by.”

‘The Chippie’ menu includes Chips & Cheese (Parmesan espuma, curry oil, salt and vinegar potato croquette; Scampi (monkfish cheeks, pea emulsion, herb butter sauce, gribiche); and Steak Pie (beef shin, burnt onion ketchup, mushroom duxelle, red wine).

There’s also a Fish Supper, of course (cod, confit fennel, samphire, beer pickled mussels, brandade); and Smoked Sausage (pork belly, salt baked celeriac, caramelised apple, black pudding).

For pudding, there’s a hint of Nico’s Glasgow roots with Deep-Fried Mars Bar, albeit an elegant version consisting of Caramelia chocolate mousse, orange sorbet and cocoa nib.

Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Nico was raised in a family of Mediterranean foodies. His earliest memories are of his mother’s Italian cooking, helping her in the kitchen and large family meals around the table.

His colourful career has included stints at Michelin starred Number One at Balmoral, where he was awarded Young Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year award aged 20.

The new Spring Gardens restaurant will be the first in England and will replicate the concept of his Six by Nico restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Every six weeks, Nico and his team will re-invent the dining experience, serving a brand new six-course tasting-menu.

Each menu will be themed upon a different place, memory or idea. Using food as a narrative, each menu will tell a different story, taking guests on a new journey each time they visit.

Each new chapter will be kept a surprise and new menus will be published two-weeks prior to the next theme. 

The six- course menu will be priced at £28 per person and diners will have the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £25.

“By challenging ourselves to do this every six-weeks we feel we have created the perfect recipe for an exciting epicurean adventure for not just our diners, but our team too,” said Nico.

Six by Nico Manchester will open its doors on 14th July 2019. Bookings are open now.

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