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Grill On The Alley Manchester
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5 Ridgefield Manchester, M2 6EG [map]
Very popular steak and seafood restaurant in Manchester city centre from Living Ventures group, offering Kobe Beef.
The Grill On The Alley Manchester

The Grill On The Alley Manchester ~ overall reviews
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most popular dish: 8 oz Ribeye Steak (£14.75)

Room Restaurant Manchester ~ our review
Front Runner For Sunday Roasts (May 2014)
Trusted Reviewer "On a weekend when the Manchester 10k run was taking part, we thought it wiser to avoid any of this athletic lark and instead head out for a Sunday roast, doing in a bit of extremely tiring 10k spectating on the way. Sadly, when considering places to find a quality Sunday roast, ideas were slightly less common than the number of runners on the streets of Manchester.

Luckily for us, Grill On The Alley who have been serving fine steaks and generally good quality dishes for many a year now, have recently revamped their Sunday Lunch menu and invited us down to sample the new Sunday offerings. Just after 2pm we ventured through their doors with as much enthusiasm as a 10k'er starting their race. It's fair to say that a Sunday roast isn’t something which instantly comes to mind when considering this long standing Manchester favourite.

We were led down to the slightly dark and moody basement, where our table awaited, and were sat in the slightly industrial, rustic yet warm dining area, with walls adorned with images of familiar Manchester Landmarks. Our enthusiastic waitress Imogen talked us through the menu recommending some of her personal favourites, along with the Sunday dishes, before leaving us to peruse the menu.

Grill On The Alley - Menu
Grill On The Alley - Platter

It felt only apt to toast the victorious runners who had filled the dining room, so we opted to start our lunch time dining with a couple of cocktails; an Sloe Gin Crush (£7) and a Chamomile Martini (£6.50) ordered on the back of Imogen’s recommendation. Standards were very high, with perfectly balanced flavours, great presentation, and the use of high end premium spirits across the board, as you'd expect from a company who also operates outfits such as high end cocktail bars such as The Alchemist and Manchester House. A cracking way to get things off the mark.

We knew that we wanted to sample the new style Sunday roast’s, but still thought it apt to take a look at the other options anyway. Whilst the offerings were tempting, we couldn’t be deterred from what we came for, especially after seeing beautifully risen and golden Yorkshire puddings paraded through the dining room to another eagerly waiting table.

After all that 10K spectating we had worked up quite an appetite and thought it wise to indulge in a Sharing Platter (£14.75). The platter was crammed full of offerings ranging from Bang-Bang Chicken skewers, Fish Cakes, Duck Spring Roll with Hoi Sin dip, finished off with some lovely battered Calamari. The four variants on the platter came in pairs, so ideal for two people, and were generally enjoyable with the lightly battered Calamari standing out. The fish cakes felt a little potato heavy, rather than fish being the star, but they were still tasty and did the job.
Then came the main event, our roasts (both £12.95), one comprising of half a chicken, and the other of roast beef, along with all the required accoutrements; Roast spuds, buttered cabbage, some excellent carrot and turnip, and Yorkshire puddings which were just as golden as they were well risen light and fluffy. The perfect vessel for the proper gravy (like Granny makes). They also had pork with crackling too, should that be your thing? The chicken was a more than generous portion of well cooked bird, with breast, leg and thigh which left me wondering where to start! A side plate for bones could be useful as a standard piece of crockery for this dish though, however Imogen gladly provided one upon request. The beef, cooked pink, was equally as generous in portion size but not quite as well cooked as its poultry companion, tasting more braised than roasted in flavour. The dishes were perfectly complemented by a robust Tarquino Shiraz (£7.75) with the beef, and also a vibrant and zingy Nyala Sauvignon Blanc (£5.50) with the chicken, both selected from a very competent wine list which contains something for all tastes and budgets. Grill On The Alley - Roast Beef
Grill On The Alley - Apple Pie

We powered down the final straight with a pudding to share, in this case the Cheese Crust Apple Pie (£5.75); an odd sounding concoction on paper, but with flavours which really worked. Well-cooked pastry with interesting cheese undertones, excellent apple filling and creamy custard to round things off. By this stage, the food-wall was quickly approaching, so we decided to finish with a flourish and enjoy a 'Jaffa Cake' dessert shot (£4), before cramp set in. This comprised of orange liqueur, Mozart dark, and whipped cream. A Jaffa Cake in a glass, but better. Unfortunately, I'd be in a bit of a state downing 12 of these, unlike actual Jaffa Cakes.

Service was throughout, is has to be said, truly excellent. Despite the dining room bulging at the seams on such a hectic day in the city (never before have I seen so much Lycra in a confined space), we were well looked after for the duration of our meal, felt valued and tended to, with all the waiting staff being charming, attentive, and generally first class.

So, there's a new place in town to enjoy a quality Sunday Roast. In fact the new place in town has been around for some time, and are still producing some of the city's finest grills. Race on down to Grill on the Alley for your next Sunday roast, or maybe for a steak on a Wednesday, or any other day for that matter." - restaurants of manchester 18/06/14 (visited on a sunday afternoon)
Grill On The Alley - Chamomile Martini
Grill On The Alley - Jaffa Cake
Grill On The Alley - Sloe Gin Crush
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" impressive"
" higher end"
"friendly"
"city chic "
"one of our favourites"

Trusted Reviewer " If you like your meat, then you'll love Grill On The Alley. their premium cuts are amongst the best in town and there's even Kobe Beef available for real steak connoisseurs (£50 for the 8 oz fillet or a more affordable £16.95 for a Kobe Burger). Ostrich Fillet, Suckling Pig, Lamb, Tuna, Oysters and Chicken join beef on the menu, all grilled over large flames in the open kitchen. With 15 veggie dishes available too, there's something for everybody.

Located in the premises vacated by the city centre branch of Est Est Est (part of the same chain), this is a plush backstreet gem that is welcoming (and as busy) as its predecessor. You walk into the bar area, which is beautifully decorated and offers a cocktail list equally as impressive. The dining area is also wonderfully furnished and the atmosphere is always fantastic. You can see the chefs working away in the kitchen and there's a lobster tank if you're feeling cruel and want to hand pick your meal.

On our numerous visits, service has always been very friendly, if not the most efficient, and the food is consistently enjoyable. The Kobe Beef Fillet is highly recommended if you're rich (or mad) enough to shell out £50 for one steak, even if it is widely acknowledged as the finest meat in the world. The poor man's version, the Kobe Burger (£16.95), is not as good as the excellent Steak Sandwich with Emmental Cheese, which comes highly recommended. That said, we always seem to plump for the generally colder and tender Kobe Burger on every visit. Where else in town can you eat a burger made from beef that's said to be hand-raised on beer, given regular massages and rubbed down with Sake?" - restaurants of manchester 12/11/07 (visited on a sunday evening)



Grill On The Alley Restaurant ~ members' reviews
"I'd read a few reviews before going to Grill On The Alley Manchester and they did not reflect our experience as we thought it was a fantastic place. The steak was done to perfection and our waiter, Paul, was not only very helpful and knowledgeable about the food and drinks he served us, but was also very witty. We will be going again." - karl reynolds, leigh - NEW MEMBER (29/9/10 - visited on a sat evening)

Trusted Reviewer "We visited Grill on The Alley as a group of 4 on a Wednesday evening and overall it was very enjoyable. On arrival, the front of house was very welcoming and the same can be said for all members of staff that evening, especially our jovial waiter. The downstairs restaurant has a superb relaxed atmosphere which was added to with live music from a fantastic piano player. Based on the prices, excellent quality food would be expected but unfortunately it could have been better. We started with the Garlic Rub Bread (£2.95), Rocket & Parmesan Salad (£3.95) and the Lamb Kofta Skewers (£5.95) all of which can be highly recommended. The main meals were a bit more disappointing. The two Classic Beef Burgers we ordered (£9.95 each), although tasty, were a little dry and came with no side salad but they were served with the most gorgeous chips! The Warm Goats Cheese & Roasted Pineapple Salad (£8.95) does not state that it comes with bread, which is not good for somebody who doesn't eat bread! The Crab, Avocado & Walnut Salad for £10.75 was a very small starter size portion and, for the price, it was just not acceptable. There was also a very good wine list and I would recommend that, if you plan to go, you book a table as it's always very busy." - michelle knowles, rochdale - TRUSTED REVIEWER (14/8/09 - visited on a weds evening)

Trusted Reviewer "We visited Grill On The Alley late on a Friday lunchtime. As a couple we were surprised to be shown to a booth next door to some noisy businessmen who were clearly the worse for alcohol. We assume the staff thought they were imminently going to leave, but unfortunately they didn't. Our waitress was pleasant but new and didn't understand or know the menu. Therefore questions resulted in a trip to a colleague for guidance. The menu choice was reasonable but based on the price I was expecting excellent quality. Regrettably this did not materialise. My calamari starter was poor. The calamari was tough and it was served with mayonnaise rather than tartare sauce. My husband's ribs were deemed ok but he suspected the marinade was bought in rather than home made. Our main courses fared no better. My mussels were over-cooked and relied too much on cream and too little on herbs and spices for flavour. Mr B's steak was ok but he found it somewhat tough. The chips were over fried and greasy. We didn't bother with dessert. Our drinks were fine but little attention was paid to us and as a result we had to ask for refills. As an observation, I felt that the manageress coped well with the drunken table next to us. However, our service was mediocre as was our food and did not represent good value for money. We wouldn't return for an evening meal based on this experience." - melanie bryan, wigan - TRUSTED REVIEWER since Sep 2008 (28/4/09 - visited on a fri lunch)

Trusted Reviewer " We visited Grill On The Alley as a group of four. We booked the table with the Hi-Life card and arrived at 7:30pm but our table wasn't ready until 8. We took a seat at the bar and waited with a drink for our table. When shown to our table we quite promptly ordered some olives and bread to share, and 4 main courses (Fish Pie, Grilled Chicken, Rib Eyed Steak and Ostrich Steak). After a few minutes the bread and olives arrived. Unfortunately, it was then about 50 minutes until the mains arrived. Our waiter had been very good at keeping us assured our food was on its way and thanked us for our patience. The food arrived together. The ribeye was excellent. A very large steak, although a little underdone for medium. The ostrich was also good, although a little over done for rare. The grilled chicken was done perfectly but the Fish Pie was probably the most disappointing. The pie didn't really have that much fish in and came with a mustard mash that wasn't described on the menu. Fortunately the waiter waived the cost of the pie. For dessert Eton Mess and Sticky Toffee Pudding were shared and were excellent. Overall, The Grill on the Alley was a good night out but there's definite room for improvement." - stephen lake. manchester - TRUSTED REVIEWER 19/3/09 (visited on a Weds evening)


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