Tucked away inside Manchester's Free Trade Hall is Peter Street Kitchen, fast-becoming a firm favourite for some of the most elaborate star-studded events and fine dining this city has ever seen...
The decadent launch party to welcome PSK to its new home opposite Asha's and Albert's Schloss was attended by the likes of British rapper and singer-songwriter Professor Green, and a hauntingly star-studded Day of the Dead party just a few weeks later was another elaborate affair proving the venue will not suffer a quiet welcome.
Showing no signs of wallflower-syndrome on the Manchester food and drink-scape either, the venue has taken over the former Opus One site as part of the hotel's multi-million pound makeover and focuses its offering on contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates alongside the finest wines, sake and signature cocktails.
"Welcome to our kitchen..."
Tapas-style dishes with a firm focus on the concept of sharing is the culinary raison d'être here.
Signature dishes include the snow crab, seared beef tataki with truffle ponzu, Mezcal-glazed paprika ribs cooked on the speciality Japanese Robata barbecue and seabass sashimi with dried miso, rocoto chilli paste and yuzu, as well as a theatrically-presented chilli and lemon roasted baby chicken...
Each dish is served and treated as a work of art - and it's just as much about the experience as it is the flavour.
Bursting with colour, soul and flair - each bite is an absolute triumph and proving a worthy competitor (both in terms of food quality and style) to the likes of Australasia and The French at The Midland.
The venue has succeeded in maintaining a strong sense of originality and vibrancy while occupying a larger-than-life space, which includes their sleek and stylish yet characteristically quirky interiors.
Giant ice-balled cocktails aplenty accompany a dining and drinking experience like no other here in the city. The Japanese theme is prominent - with options ranging from house-made yuzu sake, hot sake alongside woody, peach blossom lilts both identifiable in the cocktails and the wine.
As well as bringing their slick décor, the restaurant boast a team of staff whose attentiveness knows no bounds – meaning you can expect ten out of ten service while soaking in the serene surroundings, moet in hand, naturally.
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Something that really sets this place apart from the rest is the very recent addition of their Hibachi Experience.
Still a new concept and one that hasn't been overtly rolled out to the public yet, the experience features a six-course specially chosen tasting menu (vegetarian option also available) - followed by the mouth-watering chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream.
Beautifully presented in the finest ceramics, no expense has been spared in terms of presentation here. The king crab tempura was light, crispy and as fresh as you'll get - but it was the chilean sea bass yasai zuke which really stole my heart.
It fell apart with minimal pressure and was white as freshly fallen snow - and tasted heavenly. Salty, hot, sweet, decadent - it was perfection in a dish and I could have happily eaten five helpings of this alone.
The dessert offering remained slick but was comparatively humble in terms of elaboration - yet not necessarily flavour. The koru goma cheesecake (£7) was a strong temptation but it was the chocolate bento box which was the choice on the day and I have been dreaming about bathing in the melt-in-the-middle centre ever since.
The staff, venue and service were absolutely faultless - if city centre luxury and a culinary vehicle through which to impress are what you're after, you've stumbled upon a gold mine here...
Honestly, it's not somewhere to consider if you're on a serious budget, a glass of wine will easily set you back £8 and though the dishes are decadent in terms of taste you would need a nicely full selection to provide enough to satiate for an evening meal (prices range between £7 and £26 for a starter-size tapas portion to share) and you're recommended to have 3-4 per person.
Yet, if you're looking for somewhere extra special for a treat or occasion, I can think of nowhere better in the city for not just a meal - but an experience to remember.
Peter Street Kitchen is open Monday - Wednesday 12-2.30pm and 6-10.30pm, Thursday - Friday 12-2.30pm and 6 - 10.45pm; Saturday 12.30-2.30pm and 6 - 10.45pm and Sunday 12.30-3pm and 6 - 10.30pm.
You can find the venue at: Manchester Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP
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