After being invited recently to the launch of Manchester's hottest new bar and restaurant, Panacea, I was keen to sample its menu, so a working lunch provided me with the excuse to try it out for real.
The restaurant's designers have crafted a super-slick and stylish interior from what was a furniture showroom below the ever-popular Restaurant Bar and Grill. They have obviously taken their cue from some of New York's uber-cool eateries, but given the place a unique Mancunian identity.
The restaurant area is conducive to business meetings with comfortable seating and background music offering chilled-out beats, but the interior showstopper is the breathtaking 50ft island bar made from white onyx.
The restaurant was busy but not overbearingly so, and volume levels were conducive to talking shop. As a real ice-breaker, the menu provided a great talking point as the dishes are designed in delicate portions ideal for sharing. My starter of Indonesian spiced king prawn and coconut soup was an absolute joy, while the main-course highlights were the Persian Pilaf with cumin crusted lamb and minted yoghurt, and the mini-burgers and fries.
The bite-sized portions allowed us all to indulge in desserts, and I wholeheartedly recommend the doughnuts.
Where: John Dalton Street, Manchester
Contact: 0161 833 0000
How much: Around £20 for three courses