VIVA C U I S I N E
Michael Caine and Head Chef Mark Rossi
Michelin-starred restaurant still eludes the city of Manchester, however there is an award-winning Michelinstarred chef, Michael Caine, who is trying to change all that. ‘Manchester deserves a star and we are an obvious choice, it’s a big goal for us but ultimately three would be great, wouldn’t it!’ With Michael’s renowned reputation there seems to be a great deal of optimism surrounding his restaurant at the Abode hotel and the recognition that it could bring to the city. With this in mind, three of us at Viva magazine thought it would be a good idea to head over to Piccadilly to try the posh nosh for ourselves and meet the man himself along with new head chef Mark Rossi.
Lake District saddle of venison
Venturing down the stairs to the basement restaurant, you are instantly greeted by four colourful photographs of Debbie Harry, along with many other photographs from Brian Aris, including snaps of The Rolling Stones, David
Bowie and The Who. The decor is striking; subdued lighting complements the beautiful dark wood and dark brown colour scheme, accompanied by a fitting soundtrack of uber-cool lo-fi music. But it wasn’t the decor we were here to try out, we were here to sample the fine dining cuisine on offer. Caines and Head Chef Mark Rossi have created a menu of inventive and tasty combinations, which aim to showcase the quality of British produce. ‘We’re lucky that we have got great suppliers locally and we use a lot of local produce from Yorkshire, lancashire and within the vicinity of the North East. What’s important when you cook regionally in season is that you look at what’s readily available around you.’ We sampled two dishes from the ‘grazing’ menu (which essentially consists of smaller versions of the dishes on the à la carte menu) and two dishes from the ‘amazing graze’ lunch menu, along with
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