Reviewed – a classy Italian Restaurant in one of Manchester’s most spectacular buildings
Stock – in Manchester’s former stock exchange building received a resounding thumbs up from one of our readers, Sarah, who said:
For a special occasion I would choose Stock. It’s lovely – great venue and fabulous Italian food beyond the usual pizza/pasta.
So I was delighted when our foodie guest blogger and restaurant reviewer Elaine was invited to review Stock, giving those of us who haven’t been there yet a sneak peek inside.
I think honesty is the best policy, so I have to confess to having visited Stock around 2 ½ years ago. We left feeling in no rush to return.
But I also believe in second chances and so I seized the opportunity to return all this time later, to see what’s new.
I was much more than impressed by the time we left this time, and have vowed to return with friends, as I can now assure them they will have fantastic service and incredible food.
You cannot fail to be impressed by this stunning restaurant, set in Manchester’s former stock exchange. The grand pillars of marble and ornate decoration are fantastic – you could stare at the ceiling for hours alone. They create a warm, enclosed and very grand location.
We were seated in one of the booths that run along two sides of the restaurant. Our waiter for the night, Andy, introduced himself and helped me decide which glass of wine I should go for, very knowledgeable and a great recommendation.
We chose two courses each from the A La Carte Menu and were also sent a sample plate of Stock’s signature ravioli’s – they are going to be launched on the menu this week and were quite simply delicious.
Stock is renowned for its handmade pasta and it is clear to see why. Veal in a rich tomato sauce, Beetroot, Lobster and Crayfish and finally Neri (£10.50 / £13.30) – the real star, squid ink pasta filled with sea bass and crabmeat and in a sauté of cherry tomatoes. Definitely my favourite of the four, it has been on the menu for years and survives every change that is made, such is its popularity amongst the diners.
After we had tried the pasta we got to meet the chef, Steve Smith. He came to join us in our booth to find out what we thought and so I got to find out some more about him and his ambitions for Stock.
Steve has been head chef for around a year now and has been learning as much as he can about the best Italian food. Sourcing most of his ingredients locally – he visits the market himself every Wednesday. He blends of best of what’s available on the doorstep with the best ingredients imported from Italy.
The menu he has created has also been put together with the wine list in mind to ensure that the two sit together and complement one another. He also likes to go onto the restaurant floor every Friday and Saturday night and talk to the diners (regular and new) about their thoughts on his creations.
My three favourite dishes
My choice of dishes from the night would have to be:
Crayfish with Mango
Warm strawberry bakewell
A bit of Cheffy Magic!
Starter: Crayfish with Mango.
A beautiful plate of food, tiny diced mango pieces, and a generous layer of sweet crayfish topped with zingy lemon cream cheese.
Also the dish had just a hint of fresh red chilli, which goes very well with the mango. It was a daily special on the night we visited but I’m pleased to report it is a dish on the new menu this week.
Main: Pappardelle Musso.
Handmade ribbons of pasta, in a light cream sauce of beef cheek and porcini mushroom. The meat melts in the mouth and the dish is full of flavour and incredibly moreish.
Dessert: For dessert we were sent a trio of the chef’s choice to share.
Blackcurrant and liquorice cheesecake – an enjoyable combination, thick creamy topping flavoured with liquorice and the tangy blackcurrant topping.
Tiramisu with Frangelico – light textured with the lovely hit of coffee and boozy soaked sponge on the bottom layer.
Warm strawberry bakewell – our favourite of the three, sweet almond sponge with a jam like strawberry layer beneath in a crisp pastry case, it was simple but divine and did not last long at all!
My former opinion is now completely overshadowed by our experience this week, the food is a delight to look at as well as eat, the service was exceptional and friendly – and I could see the time taken to talk to all the diners out in the restaurant.
Stock Restaurant: Stock Exchange, 4 Norfolk Street, Manchester M2 1DW
Tel: 0161 839 6644
Web site: stockrestaurant.co.uk
Photographs: Stock Restaurant, Elaine Bowers, Jaime Gee
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