Alto @ Radisson Edwardian Manchester

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of Alto at the Radisson Edwardian Manchester last night. For any foodies out there who don't mind spending that little bit extra this place is a must!

Radisson Edwardian is more known for Opus One, Alto's more expensive brother however, for the moment at least, Alto is a quiet little gem of a restaurant in Manchester.

The restaurant is situated just past the reception, seperated by long glass windows. Once inside you can grab a seat at one of the sofas by the windows and watch the world (and celebrities) go by. After being warmly welcomed with little bottles of champagne, Rioja and Budweiser we were treated to miniature tasters of the food on offer. The food is homely, freshly made, the pizzas are scrumptious and the burgers with piccalilli are just out of this world.

With the wine flowing we were seated to a 3 course meal of Red Pepper & Tomato Soap, Cottage Pie and Winter Vegetables with chocolate and vanilla mousses for pudding. Everything was well seasoned, the vegetables were soft but still had that little bit of crunchiness to them and the soup....at this point it's probably worth saying I'm not a great fan of soup. It's always too watery, made from wierd mixtures of vegetable and always has wierd bits swimming in it. However, this soup at Alto was just gorgeous. It was thick, tasty and simply delicious.

A 3 course meal for two with beers, wine and coffee will be knocking on the door of £80. The portions are plentiful, atmosphere buzzing, food delicious and even for a normal bod like me, I'd be only too happy to spend the money occasionally.

Alto is a down to earth, casual restaurant you've probably not heard of yet, but once you've tried the food you'll most certainly be back for more.

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