Review by Sophie Jones
Mr White’s English Chophouse is one of three chophouses under Marco Pierre White’s restaurant umbrella. It’s also one of the newest additions to Manchester‘s Canal Street. Elegant and warmly lit outside, a staircase leads down into the restaurant, dotted with numerous pictures of the man himself. Photos of Marco wielding meat cleavers and amusing nods to his history in the kitchen provide a cheerful nod to his personality and style.
The restaurant itself is elegant and modern, with a black and white theme contrasting with small pops of colour throughout. There’s a cosy yet upscale atmosphere, reflected in the friendly, professionally dressed staff.
There are several vegetarian options that even the most avid meat eater would be hard-pressed to ignore
The menu is small but varied enough to suit most tastes. Although it focuses largely on quality cuts of meat, there are several vegetarian options that even the most avid meat eater would be hard-pressed to ignore. You’ll find a separate bar area for a more relaxed vibe, with an extensive drinks selection.
We choose the calamari to begin. It’s flawlessly fried – crisp on the outside, tender inside. Not at all chewy and wonderful dipped into their tartar sauce. A simple dish but done well, though not cheap at £9.50 a serving.
For the main dish, the roast rump of lamb arrives cooked perfectly. Pink to the chef’s recommendation. Crusted with Dijon mustard and herbs and accompanied with a creamy gratin dauphinoise. The rump melts in the mouth with the mustard cutting through, complimenting the rich buttery meat. The quality of meat is taken very seriously here. At just under £24, this dish is the star of the evening.
But the roast chicken à la forestière is equally exquisite and more affordable at £16.95. Unlike in many restaurants where chicken is overcooked and dried out, this chicken thigh is succulent and juicy, resting on top of a beautifully cooked potato. This potato is velvety on the inside with a bite on the outside and comes served with a generous helping of green peas smothered in a moreish savoury jus gravy. It’s the ultimate roast combination.
A showcase of the artistry of British cooking combined with a French flair
To end the night, an affogato with ice cream gloriously rich and luxurious, drowning in a cascade of well-brewed espresso poured from a dainty gravy boat by the server. Truly a coffee lover’s delight and very appropriate – a light dessert was all that could be managed after such a feast.
The whole evening showcases the artistry of British cooking combined with a French flair and amazing flavours. The exquisite layout of the space, matched by the quality of the food more than justifies the price tag. It may prove slightly costly more than other restaurants, but this is a price worth paying.