Food: Mr Cooper’s Restaurant Review, Manchester

Over the Easter weekend which has just passed, I had a lovely overnight stay at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. My review of the hotel can be found here, in which I mentioned having hotel breakfast at the fabulous Mr Cooper’s venue.

I also had an evening meal booking at Mr Cooper’s for 7.30 pm the night before, meaning a short trip from my 6th floor hotel room down the lift to the side of the reception was all I had to go to get to the restaurant.

I’ll be honest: Mr Cooper’s has a reputation for fine dining and quality menu choices, but I had heard a number of negatives on the run up to my visit in the form of portion sizes. Now I’m a girl who loves her food, and I like a good sized portion on my plate. I had heard a few comments about small food servings on a large plate, and people leaving  still ‘feeling hungry’.

So I’m not sure if these comments have been rectified, or if I just didn’t experience the same thing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this not to be the case. I was expecting the smallest portions of food placed on ginormous plates and extortinate prices, from the feedback I had heard previously. But nope, not the case whatsoever.

Firstly, the menu choice was extensive, and I was torn between the whole spatchcock spring chicken, red wine & thyme jus, slow roast pork belly, cavolo nero, spring onion & chilli and the 250g minimum 28 day aged sirloin.

Eventually, after a lot of pondering, I decided on the Spatchcock Spring Chicken, and my boyfriend went for the Swordfish. For starters, I went for the Pulled Pork & Apple Croquettes which were absolutely delicious. I usually share my food, but when these arrived and I took a bite, I was reluctant as they were just incredible.

My boyfriend went for the Buttermilk tiger prawns, with kimchi and crème fraîch, and again, portion sizes were great. Both starters were tasty, well presented and good quality.

For the mains, both portions came out large sizes, and between us we ordered three sizes to share (creamed kale, buttered mash and new potatoes), and we literally struggled to finish them.

We experienced what I would describe as standard serving sizes – generous portions that qualified (in my eyes) as a large main dish.

And now for dessert. We opted to share what Mr Cooper’s say is one of the most popular desserts, the Caramel Tarte. If you have a sweet tooth, then there’s nothing you can dislike about this. It’s super super sweet with thick, rich caramel loaded into the softest pastry.

Perfect for sharing, if you don’t want all the guilt…

Overall, the service was fantastic. We shared a bottle of Rose wine which again was a delight, and the waiter was more than attentive and helped us with our choices. The prices were also more affordable than I expected. The Spatchcock Chicken was £11, in which I thought reasonable for a restaurant of this high quality, and starters around the £5-£6 mark.

You get the luxury dining experience, high quality food, exceptional waiting on staff, without paying the sky-high, top prices.

A gorgeous dining room (which had that outdoor feel to it – a refreshing change), delicious food and award winning service in my opinion!

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