There’s nothing more luxurious than steak. Ask Salt Bae, he’ll tell ya. It’s the ultimate treat on the menu when dining out, but one which is absolutely essential to get right. We’re not talking the brown chewy stuff that you can pick up at any old family chain pub. No. We’re talking the real, grass-fed melt-in-the-mouth stuff that can only be found in the restaurants that really know a thing or two about cooking beef. Bringing over the best of the best from all corners of the globe, here’s our guide to where to pick up a bloody good steak in Manchester.
1. Herd NQ
Herd NQ might be fairly new to Manchester, but they certainly know a thing or two about what makes the perfect steak. Taking over the former Allotment site in an epic team-up with the former bar team there, the cool-and-casual spot serves up the very best 30-day aged Aberdeen Angus and Hereford crosses, bringing incredible flavour and texture for Mancs to enjoy. Shedding that typical fancy leather look that’s typical of a British steakhouse, Herd NQ rids the pretentiousness, providing a much more laid-back dining experience for guests to enjoy. Herd NQ, 24 Dale St, M1 1FY.
Probably Manchester’s most beloved steakhouse, Hawksmoor is the epitome of proper British steak. And while it’s more on the expensive side, it’s completely worth it if you’re looking for a meal that’s guaranteed to please. Serving British-bred, grass-fed beef only, guests can expect to enjoy beef that’s packed full of flavour, luxurious cuts, and a delicious array of cocktails to accompany. Our tip? Be sure to try the side of mash and finish with the Rolo-style Ambassador pudding. Hawksmoor, 184, 186 Deansgate, M3 3WB.
Another popular spot for proper good beef in Manchester, Gaucho offers prime Argentian cuts – a country that has become notable for its steak quality over the decades. Found in a stunning former church in the city centre, guests can not only enjoy luxurious interiors, but also a wide range of beefy cuts topped with chorizo butter, bone marrow, chimichurri and more. Basically, there’s something for every steak lover. Gaucho, 2A St Mary’s St, M3 2LB.
4. Etci Mehmet
Manchester’s answer to Salt Bae’s Nusr-Et restaurant, Etci Mehmet serves their steak Turkish-style, offering a unique dining experience for all to enjoy. From the theatre of their tableside carving and being fed steak directly from the server’s knife, to their selection of 24-carat gold steaks (including a whopping £200 tomahawk steak), there’s a lot to love about Etci Mehmet (including the much more affordable prices in comparison to Nusr-Et!). Halal-friendly options are available here. Etci Mehmet, Unit 4, The Quadrangle, Chester St, M1 5QS.
Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso restaurant has long been a favourite among the Manchester foodie crowd, and while the menu mostly pays homage to Southern Italy, the steak is pretty darn good, too. Think dry-aged fillet steak with Madeira sauce and fresh shaved black truffle, beef sirloin with all the trimmings, and a fantastic selection of sauces to suit all tastebuds. In addition to the food, Rosso offers a huge array of classic cocktails, too, as well as a lengthy list of whiskeys, wines and fizz. Rosso, 43 Spring Gardens, M2 2BG.
Originating in Ramsbottom, Baratxuri cooks up a storm in their wood fire grill, with the menu boasting a whole host of meat dishes – but most notably, their 28-day-aged Cheshire highland cattle steaks. Available in an array of cuts, each steak is cooked on the fire, resulting in an absolutely delicious flavour that really brings the best out of the beef. It’s worth the trip out of town. Baratxuri, 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9AT.
7. The Blues Kitchen
One of our favourite spots in town for proper barbecue, The Blues Kitchen brings the flavours of the Deep South to Manchester, and while there’s only one steak on its menu, it’s bloody mighty. Slow-cooked over American hickory, their hot smoked 12 oz ribeye is served with mouthwatering smoked miso butter, with pickles and fries on the side in the true American spirit. The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay St, M3 3HN.
Not only is the stunning Dakota hotel one of the fanciest places to stay in the city, but it’s one of the nicest places to eat, too, housing a fantastic grill which proudly serves ‘the best steak in Manchester’. Supplied by Donald Russell, who has supplied the Queen and her Royal Households for 35 years now, guests can enjoy the finest Aberdeenshire Beef, hand-cut and served as fillet or rib-eye with a delectable sauce of your choice. Dakota, 29 Ducie St, M1 2JL.
9. Ducie Street
The Northern Quarter’s laid-back warehouse-come-restaurant-come-aparthotel is the perfect place for a bit of casual dining, with tons of social-sharing dishes on offer – including, of course, steak. Served in the form of a whopping tomahawk of Cheshire beef served with vine tomatoes, rainbow peppercorn sauce and fries, the luxurious dish is the perfect treat to enjoy with friends. Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie St, M1 2TP.