King Street remains one of Manchester’s most important thoroughfares and it is home to some of Manchester’s best restaurants and hotels including Rosso, Grand Pacific and King Street Townhouse.
Approximately three years ago Amy and I visited Rosso for our first date and it has always been one of our favourite spots due to the fantastic food, ambience and the building which is undeniably beautiful.
Amy and I returned for birthday celebrations at the end of December and I’ve finally got round to writing my blog on it, enjoy!
Rosso is co-owned by the Kamani family and Rio Ferdinand, ex Manchester United footballer, hence the name ‘Rosso’ which is the Italian word for red. It’s been a hotspot for celebrities and footballers over the years and continues to be so.
The building is Grade II listed and was a former bank which dates back to the 19th century. When Rosso first opened the interior used to feature colours of greys, reds and blacks which made the restaurant feel rather dark but boasted the colours of Manchester United, much to Rio’s delight.
In 2017, the Grade II listed building was stripped back to expose its historic features and grandeur-style, and so now features a white colour palette throughout, giving the restaurant a much more sophisticated feel.
As mentioned earlier, we were at Rosso to celebrate Amy’s birthday and to raise a glass to three fantastic years together.
The visit was rather spontaneous which meant we hadn’t booked any set menu’s or secured any special deals. But either way, we had the A La Carte menu to choose from which spoils you for choice.
To begin you can expect the classic’s such as bruschetta, with toppings of chopped vine tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and sea salt or marinated mixed mushrooms and truffle oil. If you aren’t particularly keen on bruschetta, you can opt for fresh garlic bread with toppings of tomato, mozzarella cheese or rocket and parmesan – Perfect for sharing.
If you’re one to skip the above and prefer to eye up the ‘proper’ starters, you may definitely want to consider the antipasto misto (Sharing plank of finest Italian cured meats, marinated vegetables, mushrooms, olives, deviled egg with anchovies, luxurious cheeses and breads) or a slightly less filling option of calamari fritti (Fresh squid fried in seasoned flour, potato crisps, Sicilian lemon aioli).
For mains, you can expect a variety of pasta’s, pizza’s and meats including beef, chicken, duck, veal and lamb. Not to forget the fantastic variety of fish and steaks on offer.
The menu is certainly vast and I’ll include a link at the bottom of my blog so you can take a thorough look at all of the options.
The service on our visit was great, staff remained attentive throughout the evening ensuring our glasses were always topped up and food was brought to and cleared from our table promptly.
I’m a huge fan of bruschetta and so it wasn’t a difficult choice to begin. Out of the options, I chose the Bruschetta Classica (Toasted crusty bread, chopped vine tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and sea salt).
I loved this bruschetta, the bread was crisp and exactly how it should be when topped with fresh tomatoes! Oh and not to forget the balsamic vinegar which was the perfect addition to finish. Overall, a fantastic start to the meal and a great portion size, allowing you to stomach three courses.
On previous visits to Rosso, I have always chosen the Filetto 8oz (227GM) (Dry aged prime beef fillet, Portobello mushrooms sautéed with onions, grilled tomato, hand cut chips), which I definitely recommend.
But on this occasion I was torn between the Pollo Pescatore (Pan roasted corn fed chicken fillet, creamy crab sauce with garlic herbs and cherry tomatoes) and the Lombato D’Agnello (Roasted lamb rump marinated in rosemary and garlic, tapenade of pureé’d potato, red wine and redcurrant jus).
The Pollo Pescatore ended up being my final choice and what a good choice it was.
A very well cooked chicken fillet, similar to what I ate at the courthouse not too long ago. Complimented well by a creamy crab sauce and cherry tomatoes which gave the dish a sweeter flavour.
I’d definitely get a side dish to go with the Pollo Pescatore, whether that be Patate Spessi (Hand cut chips), Zucchini Frite (Deep fried courgettes in San Pellegrino batter) or Legumi Misti (Mixed market vegetables with olive oil).
If you’re like me and still don’t feel full by this point then there is plenty of choice for dessert.
You’ll have options such as Profiteroles Al Cioccolato (Crisp choux pastry buns, white chocolate mascarpone & hot chocolate sauce), Semifreddo Di Sur Del Lago 72% Fondente E Clementina (Single origin Venezuelan dark chocolate coated parfait, feuilletine, and clementines) and Panettone Cheesecake (Served with a chocolate truffle) – Pictured below.
The dessert was creamy and the small layer of panettone at the bottom was delicious, with raisins making the dessert a little sweeter. But my favourite part was the rich chocolate truffle. A hard white chocolate shell followed by a dark chocolate interior which simply melted in your mouth, sublime.
- Bruschetta Classica – £6
- Bruschetta Con Funghi – £7
- Pollo Pescatore – £22
- Insalata Di Anatra Affumicat – £24
- Patate Spessi – £4
- Zucchini Fritte – £5
- x2 Panettone Cheesecakes – £7.50 each – £15
- Moretti 330ml – £4.50
- ‘Hed Kandi’ Cocktail – £10
- Prosecco Brut Soligo – £28
Total bill = £128.50
Great ambience, good service and excellent food.
Price may be off-putting for many but I’d definitely recommend it for a special occassion.
But I’ve got a money-saving tip:
I’m back with another deal and it’s again Manchester Confidential saving you money. Download their app and you can enjoy £50 Rosso gift vouchers for half price! T&C’s do apply and it is limited to one voucher per booking. But any saving is a great saving!
WILL I RETURN
As I have time and time again, yes. But I do prefer to only return for more special occasions as the price for two people can easily add up.
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|Tuesday||12 – 10pm|
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|Thursday||12 – 10pm|
|Friday||12 – 11pm|
|Saturday||12 – 11pm|
|Sunday||12 – 11pm|
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