Rosso Restaurant, Manchester

PUBLISHED: 09:56 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:56 03 September 2013

Rosso Bar

Rosso Bar


Rosso is exclusive, elegant and oozes passion and sophistication writes Sarah Jayne Hall

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Rosso is quite simply superb. Located on King Street in the heart of Manchester, Rosso sits pretty in a 116 year old Grade II listed building. Owned by Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand it is no wonder the restaurant takes on the name Rosso, meaning red in Italian.

From the moment I walked in I knew it was going to be good. There was a good vibe around the place and the staff that greeted me were welcoming and friendly. The decor was divine, it was sleek and sophisticated. Hints of red and black were scattered around the restaurant and a charming photo wall allowed you to see which celebrities had visited this City Centre hotspot.

You could spend hours just gazing in this place. It is so mesmerising with its stained glassed windows, domes and marble surfaces.

The bar was stunning and the cocktail menu exquisite. You can get a classic Martini or if you’re feeling adventurous how about a signature special Red Passion, a blend of Campari, passion fruit, lemon and cranberry. The drinks don’t stop there, browse the wonderful wine and champagne list, along with the extensive drinks menu featuring spirits, beers, soft drinks and speciality teas. The bar area is large, so if you wanted to pop in for drinks after work it is ideal.

The meal was divine. I tried two of the starters - Budino del Moro – a black pudding potato cake, with buttered cabbage and topped with a quails egg, and Guancette Sfiziose – tender pigs cheeks wrapped in parma ham served with prunes and black treacle jus. Both were incredible.

The Budino del Moro was a large starter and really tasty. I’d recommend this if you were really hungry as it was quite filling. The combination of the pork, parma ham and prunes in the Guancette Sfiziose fused beautifully together. It was flavoursome and just the right amount to leave you ready to embark on your next course.

For my main course I opted for, Risotto Frutti Di Mar – mixed seafood with chilli, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. I also sampled Scrigno Di Pollo – chicken breast stuffed with pate and garlic butter and coated in polenta crumb.

The risotto was tremendous - the rice was cooked to perfection. The chicken was succulent and the pate gave it that bit of something special.

The food was beautifully presented and portions were generous. This was fantastic to see, as what tends to happen in trendy restaurants is that you pay a lot of money for little food. At Rosso this is certainly not the case. It is top class food that is mouth-watering and delightful to eat with portions that leave you feeling pleasantly full. A big thumbs up!

For dessert I had the Chocolate Cheesecake, it was scrumptious. Nothing else needs to be said!

You don’t need an excuse to dine here but if you are looking for an occasion then Rosso have now released their Christmas menus and are taking bookings. Full details can be found on the website. Highlights include Ippogloso Afumicato (leaves of smoked halibut set with a beetroot and mint compote and granary toast); Taglierini Al Gamberoni (angel hair pasta, tossed in truffle oil with tiger prawns, garlic and mixed wild mushrooms); Tacchino (Pan fried turkey breast with a ballotine of turkey leg stuffed with sage, onion and apricot, served with herbed mashed potato, sausage wrapped in pancetta and rich pan juices); and Trionfo Di Dolce (selection of three desserts: Panettone pudding with vanilla cream, Italian mess, chocolate panna cotta).

Sarah Jayne Hall was a guest of Siobhan Hanley

43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG

Tel: 0161 832 1400



Twitter: @RossoRestaurant

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