DIARY: Let's do lunch

The Restaurant Bar and Grill reviewed by Adam Clyne, managing director of Manchester agency The Lab

This striking city-centre venue is perfect for the PR professional out to impress. From a serious business lunch to a more relaxed affair, entertaining clients or a drink after work with pals, The Restaurant sets the perfect tone. It is informal and unpretentious, yet glamorous and exciting.

The design is contemporary, with some stunning photographic art supplied by The Richard Goodall Gallery. The full-length windows encapsulate the vibe of the city and create a true sense of open space.

The range of drinks and cocktails at the bar is excellent; I recommend a Mint Julip (bourbon, syrup, fresh mint and ice, all crushed together).

It's probably the best you'll get in the city.

The company you are keeping might dictate where you choose to sit. If it's a private affair (a new business chat, say), go for one of the plush, intimate booths.

The menu is best described as modern British with a twist, and there is something to please all tastes. I last went there with Sophie Cooke, joint owner of Cooke & Brand PR. Sophie had fresh asparagus with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, followed by salmon fishcakes. I went for salmon teriyaki, which was delicious, followed by grilled sea bass with Catalan red peppers. A cabernet sauvignon washed it all down perfectly, as ever.

Where: John Dalton Street, Manchester

Contact: 0161 839 1999

How much: £25 per head

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