A modern restaurant in the heart of the city, Restaurant Bar and Grill is a smart restaurant, complete with canopied area outside the entrance. Whilst there isnít anything particularly grabbing about the interior, the atmosphere makes this an enjoyable venue to wine and dine in. Like its cousin restaurant, Piccolino, it is frequently busy and booking is advisable. Restaurant Bar and Grill offers a traditional English menu with European and Asian influences, and all the dishes are equally satisfying, albeit occasionally veering towards the bland. Whilst not being too high up on the price scale (which may account for its popularity), Restaurant Bar and Grill feels like its missing that X factor needed to make it a great restaurant. Regardless, itís still a nice venue well suited to family meals and business dinners alike.
When the five-star Lowry Hotel unveiled its restaurant in 2001, Manchesterís foodie communities could barely contain their excitement. The River Room (as it was then called) was a Marco Pierre White restaurant, you see. As many of us remember, it didnít quite work out like that.