Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP – Visit Now
Manchester’s most stylish warehouse conversion, Ducie Street Warehouse, has just launched its new social dining menu to add to its already impressive list of reasons to visit, including but not limited to top-tier DJs, a great little cinema room, contemporary decor and even a gym.
True, the walk into the spacious lounge is almost overwhelming – you’re hit by just how large the space is. It’s clearly a popular spot, packed with jobbing professionals set up for the day on their laptops.
Manchester’s most stylish warehouse conversion
Approach the bar and you’re directed to the smartly laid-out restaurant which resides at the back, away from the hustle and bustle of co-working Manchester. Here, you’ll find an inviting atmosphere, dimly lit and comfortable, yet still providing a chic warehouse aesthetic. This is the home of their new menu “From the farm, sea and allotment” which they correctly describe as “unpretentious, relaxed, and a feel-good dining experience”.
We start with marinated olives, flavoured with lemon and rosemary, plus the sun-blushed tomato and chickpea hummus. There’s a pleasant selection of both black and green olives, pitted and unpitted, coated in the zesty marinade. The dukkha and basil-infused hummus should be ordered with flatbread, which has a gentle char and a comforting touch of warmth, making it the ideal accompaniment to the fresh dip.
The lobster macaroni is clearly the star of the show, thanks to its rich, creamy aromas
It’s worth mentioning that “social dining” is essentially tapas style. Your food will be brought as and when it’s ready, and you should aim for three or four small plates each.
After the nibbles, charred asparagus and the famous lobster macaroni with a lemon and herb pangritata. The asparagus is tender and works in harmony with the crumbled feta and pickled red onion to create something both vibrant and tender. The lobster macaroni is clearly the star of the show, thanks to its rich, creamy aromas – boosted further by a delicate crunch topping.
Next, gochujang chicken with chilli and miso dip alongside a sweetcorn and coriander fritter. The chicken arrives in style, sprinkled with chilli, sesame and peanut and coated in a sticky sauce that oozes all over the crunchy batter. The fritters are served with a beautifully crunchy carrot and mooli salad, which adds a welcome but light addition of coriander to the plate.
Allow these healthy, organic flavours to balance out some of the richness
Our advice? Pair both these dishes with a side of whipped avocado and cherry vine tomato salad, plus some smashed sweet potato, chilli and feta. Sit back and allow these healthy, organic flavours to balance out some of the richness of the other small plates.
To finish, Medjool date sticky toffee pudding and espresso martini tiramisu. The quality of the Medjool dates seeped into every bite and the pairing of Madagascan vanilla ice cream is quite simply unbeatable. The tiramisu arrives with a fine coating of cocoa powder which almost throws it off, but once you dive into the dense flavour beneath it all makes sense.
If you’re looking for a sociable, flavour-filled evening, surrounded by a cool, classy atmosphere, then look no further than Ducie Street Warehouse. It almost certainly has something to tick each of your finely-tuned boxes and more.
And that isn’t enough, Ducie Street Warehouse are hosting a free city centre day and night party over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, featuring disco brunch, live cabaret, drag queens, DJs and a well-stocked BBQ. The festival-inspired weekender will take place both outside on the sun-filled terrace and inside the Grade II listed former Victorian warehouse from 1st – 5th June 2022.