It’s fair to say that London launches in Manchester are a mixed bag – and what works in the capital might not up north. We have seen this a number of times over the past couple of years. However this is not the case for Randall and Aubin who have managed to bring the vibe from their swish Soho seafood restaurant successfully to Manchester’s Bridge Street.
In the endlessly competitive world of fine dining, a meal should be so much more than just food on a plate, it should be an experience, with generous servings of expertise and enthusiasm at the top of the recipe. To stand out, you really need to stand up, and no one embodies this mantra of excellence more than Manchester’s renowned Randall & Aubin.
As the second branch of the much-loved London icon which opened in the ‘90s, Randall & Aubin have brought their Anglo and French cuisine to the North. Known restauranteur Jamie Poulton and accomplished Head Chef Ed Baines have crafted an À La Carte menu that boasts an eclectic display of fish, meat and crustacean-based dishes; with fresh ingredients sourced from trusted British and Irish suppliers, watched over with a keen eye for unparalleled quality and taste.
Orkney scallops & cod cheeks with pancetta croutons & cauliflower purée.
Braised beef shin & marrow with sauce Gribiche & herb salad
Roast lamb steak & slow cooked shoulder with potato terrine, broccoli & gravy
Halibut with mussel fritters – potato terrine, petit pois à la français & Hollandaise sauce
R&A Crème Brûlée – Vanilla
Randall & Aubin’s cellar selection has been excellently designed by acclaimed duo Jamie Poulton and wine legend Joe Wadsack, starring both contemporaries and classics; such as Chateau du Domaine de L’Eglise and Chateau Ste Marguerite Rosé. The selection has been professionally matched to the À La Carte menu, to ensure that both go hand in hand. Dishing up more than simply gorgeous seafood on a plate, but an experience that begs to be tried.
Atmosphere and interiors: 10/10
Their British and French heritage doesn’t just stop as the kitchen door, as it also extends to not only the stunning décor, but the almost palpable atmosphere itself. The very appearance of Randall & Aubin has been carefully curated with marble top tables, 18th century Parisian chandeliers, cozy nooks and corner tables. Consideration for not only their own unique façade, but also the vibrant Spinningfields neighborhood they call home is prevalent throughout the design; only further aiding the extraordinary experience offered to guests.
it’s easy to see why Randall & Aubin are so loved in London and are on track to building a similar reputation amongst Mancunians.