Read our review of Wood, a new, upmarket restaurant in Manchester serving traditional British dishes with a contemporary twist. Expect classic British flavours such as fish and chips, creamy Eton Mess and bitter chocolate tart
Fine dining made casual with a modern spin on British classics, in the shiny new First Street development just outside Manchester’s city centre.
WOOD Manchester restaurant review
Chef Simon Wood is best known for landing the MasterChef title in 2015, and now diners can taste his food for themselves at his first restaurant, WOOD.
High ceilings tower over dark wood and teal furnishings, with cosy booths and dim lighting. Upstairs is a private dining room with floor-to-ceiling plate glass. An open kitchen gives diners a view of the MasterChef at work.
There are four menus to order from, to reflect the different ways you might like to dine here. A tasting menu is kept as a surprise for the night you visit, they call it a mystery tour. The lounge menu focuses on the Josper grill with flat-iron steak, smoked gnocchi, rocket parmesan pesto and leaves on offer, while the low-key theatre menu is restricted in choice, but expansive in flavour, with the likes of belly pork, cider, granny smith apple, and sage and onion popping up as a starter.
We order from the a la carte early evening menu, starting with mackerel, teamed with sweet coins of thinly-sliced beetroot, blobs of salty goat’s curd, and watercress, and another bowl of warmly spiced squash veloute, with added richness and umami courtesy of truffle, gnocchi and a touch of honey.
The knowledgeable staff are as relaxed as the trainer-wearing diners and deliver us an easy to drink, rich Tittarelli Malbec.