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Sandra ~ Restaurants Of Manchester (Saturday 15th December 2018)

Manchester's hottest brunch destination is now open for bookings, at the super-glam Peter Street Kitchen on Peter Steet, housed within the 5 star Radisson hotel.  One Saturday a month, the Weekend Rikyu bunch is available and features a welcome cocktail, 3 courses, and if it's your bag, unlimited fizz!  There's also live entertainment, in the form of a quality DJ playing relaxed brunch-suitable tunes during our own visit.

To start we were given some chili salt edamame, along with a bowl for the skins, and a delicately pretty lychee and raspberry cocktail.  It was well balanced, made with love, and started the brunch rolling in style.
 
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Raspberry & Lychee Fizz Chili & Lime Edamame
   

The cold buffet was next, at which you can chose from an array of Japanese goodies, all of which are as pretty as a picture.  Tuna sashimi flatbreads with truffle ponzu mayo shone brightly.  The second that you enter the buffet area, an unmistakable scent of truffle jumps out.  This can only be a good thing in our book.  Avacado tartare with shichimi soy was massively spiced, which killed the creamy avocado a bit, which is a shame as it was lovely on its own, or even with just a splash of the sauce.

Crispy salmon skin salad was a revelation, with great salt and texture from the skin, mixed into a well-dressed green salad.  Perfect lightness to go with all your fishy goodies. Seared beef tataki with truffle ponzu was the outstanding buffet item for us, well great quality beef, having touched the hotplate for no time at all, thinly sliced, in a lovely truffle infused ponzu.

 
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Tuna Sashimi Flatbreads Buffet Selection
   

For mains it's an a la carte affair.  We ordered the Chicken and Waffles, along with the Sake and Eggs, and sipped away on our Champagne as we unwound. 

The chicken didn’t really match PSK's Japanese/Mexican ethos massively, but it was delicious nonetheless.  Crispy chicken, atop an airy waffle with sweet sauce is a classic combo.  Maybe tempura the chicken for that far eastern tie in? 

The Sake and Eggs was a clever play on another western brunch classic, and really hit the spot with soft fried eggs, presented in an iron skillet.

 
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Chicken and Waffles Sake and Eggs
   

Finally, puddings were served via 3 separate plates, including what's quickly becoming a PSK signature; the Kuro Goma cheesecake.  We ate it soon after launch a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, but it's now definitely become a little more refined, with a better textured base and tighter presentation. 

Mochi Balls were superb too, and not something that you see much of in Manchester.  A gelatinous coated ice cream ball, in various flavours.  A true Japanese tradition. 

And finally, Passion Fruit Brulee with coconut sorbet and umeshu jelly was another great east meets west tie up.  A classic crème brulee with the aromatics of passion fruit, which also looked stunning.  It could perhaps have used more blowtorching to an extra crispy top, but it was a great refreshing way to end a lovely 3 course brunch.  The Champagne was still going down well at this stage too.

 
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Kuro Goma Cheesecake Passion Fruit Brulee
   

Prices start at £35, with no free flowing fizz, moving on to £55 for free flowing Prosecco, or £70 for the free flowing Champagne option.  All 3 packages include a welcome cocktail. 

Now on the face of things, it may seem like a lot of money for brunch, but then when the Champagne is free flowing, suddenly it looks more like pretty good value for money really, in what's already quickly becoming one of Manchester city centre's go to spots for a quality dining experience!

 
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Chris ~ Restaurants Of Manchester (Friday 12th November 2018)

If you've somehow not heard yet, one of Manchester's grandest dining spaces has been given a revamp and quite an upgrade, being transformed into a glamourous Japanese/Mexican fusion restaurant.  Peter Street Kitchen is the new flagship dining space in the 5 star Radisson Edwardian on Peter Street, in the iconic former Halle Orchestra space.  Launch was overseen by Amir Jati; the Edwardian Hotels’ Service Excellence Director, previously of the iconic Nobu. The drinks offering has been prepped by Dan Berger of The Blind Pig/Social Eating House, part of the world class Jason Atherton stable of casual yet high end hospitality.  Big hitting names in the industry, delivered in a stunning dining room with a unique concept.  It all sounded fantastic in the run up to launch, so we popped in on a dreary Autumnal Friday night, in the hope that a bit of Japanese/Mexican sun would rise on Manchester after what’s been a very tough month for the city’s hospitality sector.

Fusion food is all the rage at the moment, and has proved popular at PSK’s sister restaurant down in London’s Leicester Square.  Some fusion food works very well, usually when the cuisines have certain nuances in common.  Some of it can be a tad gimmicky but yet somehow still appeals.  I mean, who doesn’t love cheeseburger spring roll or a chicken tikka masala pizza, once in a while?  However, most of it falls flat on its face, into a crumpled heap of confused culinary nonsense.  That list of offenders is too long to recite, and is the most common.  So, I was a bit concerned about how Japanese and Mexican flavours would play together.  One; Japanese is defined by some of the freshest, most delicate and intricate flavours of any cuisine on the planet, and the other; Mexican, delivers via an often shameless assault of massive flavours, textures and spice.  I love both, but it would be a feat to get these two guys sitting at the same table without a massive spat breaking out.

 
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Cherry Smoke Negroni (£10.50) Nachos and Guacamole (£7.50)
   

We were wished ‘Welcome to our kitchen’ by our charming host as we sat, and whilst applying the professional eagle eyes, noticed all waiting staff wearing Toms; a company who donate free shoes to needy people in countries including Mexico.  Feeling inner peace that having a good time and eating/drinking excessively would inadvertently also provide somebody with shoes, we took in the menu over a couple of excellent cocktails.  Rather than the menu being adorned with fusion dishes, there are defined sections of both Japanese and Mexican, which was pleasing to be honest.  We did our best to pick dishes from both sides of the fence; a word that many Mexicans dislike these days.  Dishes are in a small plate format, so 3 or 4 savoury dishes per person are suggested, which all land as and when they are ready.  3 or 4 means 4 by the way.

The build up was Nachos and Guacamole (£7.50), the latter of which was quite possibly, in fact probably, the best guacamole which I've had in this country.  A far cry from the Kermit-esque, texture lacking, and mainly avocado-less stuff that you see in supermarkets.  A fiesta of flavour, and looked great in the bowl.  The fresh made tortilla chips were the perfectly spicy scooping vessel.  The excellent Te Kairanga NZ Riesling (£23 per 500ml) was going down well already, but I could have eaten a tray of these with a cold Modelo.  A great start.
 
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Beef Short Rib and Chilli Mayo Tacos (£5.50) King Crab Tempura with Ama Ponzu (£26)
   

Beef Short Rib and Chilli Mayo Tacos (£5.50) followed, were a couple of bite single sized mini tacos, and looked a bit lost on their relatively big plate, a thought which was echoed by murmurs from surrounding tables.  4 mini tacos for another couple of quid would suit our greedy northern mouths more.  The beef shortrib was excellently cooked, shredded to perfection, with the piquancy of the mayo holding hands with the fatty, rich shortrib as if they were lifelong best mates.  Really tasty, but I wanted more of it and was ready for the next dishes. Perhaps that was the point though?

The King Crab Tempura with Ama Ponzu (£26) was expensive, but then king crab just is, and this was excellent.  It came plated as five nuggets of sweet, soft, perfectly cooked, high quality crab, topped with an onion and coriander garnish, finished with the added theatre of being sauced at the table.  There was perhaps too much of the delightfully salty, sweet and sour Ama Ponzu sauce for the well textured tempura pieces to be sitting in for long, but then they didn’t last long enough to go soggy.  Despite noting that less sauce would have sufficed, I still asked our Editor the loaded question of 'It’s a shame that there's no spoons on the table isn’t it?'.  She scowled at me in utter disgust, just as a passing server picked up on my tasteless observation, only to then neatly present a perfectly polished spoon on a plate.  I managed two spoonfuls of the sauce before deciding that it would be pretty handy to get paid a wage before Xmas, and hence I’d better not make it three spoonfuls.
 
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Yellowtail Sashimi (£14) 28 day aged Beef Rib Eye (£20)
   

The Yellowtail Sashimi (£14) was as fresh as a daisy, top quality tuna, which came bathed in a Halle-esque orchestra of salty soy, Yuzu citrus, and chilli, all of which seasoned the fish to perfection.  A textbook display of restrained Japanese simplicity, with great produce being key.

Mezcal Glazed Paprika Short Ribs (£7.50), cooked on the traditional Japanese Robata grill followed.  The sauce was big hitting, sweet, sticky, and punchy, but delivered mainly chilli heat over all in terms of flavour.  The meat however parted company with the bones without any hesitation or reluctance, and was cooked like a dream. This dish perhaps displayed the biggest fusion plate of the night, by which I don’t mean the Mexican ribs cooked on a Japanese grill.  I subconsciously picked up a Mexican rib with Japanese chopsticks, and was again glared at by the boss.  I carried on regardless.

Rounding off the savoury courses was the 28 day aged Beef Rib Eye, with seasonings of yuzu koshu, smoked sea salt and black pepper (£20).  The lean section of beef rib eye, cooked over a Robata grill, plated simply, with a DIY seasoning station on the plate, sat atop a banana leaf for added pizazz.  Great quality beef, cooked to a perfect blush, with delicate grill marks and a subtle char on top.  This was another lesson in Japanese precise simplicity.  The not so Japanese yet very excellent Bodegas Salentein Malbec (£26 per 500ml) sat well with this course very well indeed.
 
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Kuro Goma Cheesecake with Hassaku Orange Sorbet (£7) Chocolate Bento Box with Genmaicha Ice Cream (£8)
   

As our carafes of various wine disappeared and we mulled what has just been devoured, we then decided on ordering a pudding without any hesitation at all.  Kuro Goma Cheesecake with Hassaku orange sorbet (£7) was as pretty as a picture on the plate, with pastel colour via the creamy cheesecake topping atop a crunchy base, and well executed citrus sorbet, which had bags of balanced sweetness and acidity.  The Chocolate Bento box with Genmaicha ice cream (£8) was a chocolate fondant type affair, with slight bitterness from the dark chocolate sponge, sweetness from the melted innards, and aromatic notes from the fresh tea laden sorbet.  A textural element could have worked well with a dish which was this soft throughout, but it was a big tasting pudding to end things on.  The bento box presentation was also a nice touch too. 

We felt it only apt to pair it with some superbly sweet and aromatic Shiraume Umeshu plum sake (£13.50) from the revered Akashi-Tai brewery. Every bit as enjoyable as a good Tokaji or Sauternes, and it was great to see quality sake being showcased, as it’s a rarity in our city. And that was that.  The two countries had formed a clear bond and we had our eye on the last tram out of town, so begrudgedly set off into the rainy night.

So, Peter Street’s new dining space is a clear winner.  It’s one of the most eye-catching dining rooms in the city, service is well pitched and very fluent even at this fledgling stage, and the food strikes the all important balance of having quality, substance, and glamour.  Most importantly, it crucially does something which we don’t do enough of; it offers something genuinely new to the city, to help it stand out from the vast number of peers in a very busy market.  It also does a great job of not feeling one bit like a hotel restaurant and bar, and is very much a destination in its own right, something which the usual sterile branding and dining concepts prevent even excellent hotels from pulling off.  Sure, it’s not cheap, but then it’s in a stunning 5 star hotel in the poshest and ever improving side of town.  And in fairness, the Mexican side of the menu includes less of the Japanese-preferred and expensive seafood, so there’s plenty of good value too if you’re savvy.  Next time I’ll probably either go for 100% Japanese menu choices or 100% Mexican ones, rather than straddling both menus.  It’s just an excuse to visit more than once.
 
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