The restaurant at the Radisson Edwardian Manchester has had a total menu make over lead by Head Chef Russ Brown.
“I wanted to get away from the dread hand of traditional, safety first hotel dining,” commented Russ who Is soon to feature on BBC Television’s Saturday Kitchen. “We aim to provide outstanding food full stop, not just good food for an hotel restaurant.”
Opus One offers a menu that brings a modern twist to classic British dishes, many de-constructed and presented with flair, imagination and style. With a passion for local sourcing Opus One is at the forefront of a revival of interest in British food in Manchester.
Starters of Seared King Scallops served with cockle chowder and crispy chorizo, Organic Salmon Terrine with a creamed avocado and lime mousse or a starter of Smoked Carpaccio of Venison served with juniper and orange dressing and textures of celeriac hint at the ambition of the team.
To follow is a selection of main courses that offer an array of bold but sophisticated flavours - dishes include Fillet of English Beef with truffled rosti, caramelised ale onions, watercress puree and a sauté of English cabbages. The explosive flavours continue with the Goosnargh Corn-Fed Chicken, mini chicken and leek pie and vanilla carrots. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can enjoy the rich flavours of the Roast Vegetable Paella, local goats cheese and artichokes. All dishes are served with herbs sourced from the hotel’s rooftop garden.
The celebration of all things British carries through to the desserts menu, which offers diners signature twists and decadent delights. The Lemon Poppy Seed Sponge is served with an accompaniment of orange cream sauce and strawberry salsa. Guests looking for something fresh to cleanse the palette will choose the Coconut Pannacotta served with a lime cheesecake lollipop and passion fruit sauce. Sheer decadence can be found in the mouth-watering Banana Parfait served with a side of toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate sauce.
Prices range from £5.50 to £9.75 for a starter; £16.50 to £29 for a main course and £6.50 for desserts. The menu changes three times a year.
Opus One restaurant is a stand-alone restaurant situated within the 5* Radisson Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall Hotel.