It’s hard to believe given the culinary talent in our city-region that Manchester only holds one Michelin Star. But alas, it’s true – and Mana is the lucky establishment to hold that honourable Michelin Star. Opening just a few short years ago back in 2018, Mana has held its star since it was in its infancy – receiving it just one year into the business and becoming Manchester’s first Michelin Star in over 40 years.
And today, the Michelin Guide has revealed that Mana will retain that star, maintaining its position as Manchester’s only holder.
When speaking of Mana within the guide, reviewers said: “The personality of chef-owner Simon Martin shines brightly at this stylish, modern restaurant in the lively Ancoats area of Manchester, where every one of the well-spaced tables has a view of the kitchen. The same fixed price, surprise multi-course menu is now served at both lunch and dinner, and the emphasis is on seafood because, as Simon puts it, “we live on an island”. While most of the produce is British, dishes incorporate influences from Simon’s travels and experiences, most notably Japanese and Nordic.
“Powerful flavours are the chef’s hallmark, and the sophisticated, modern dishes are precisely crafted, original and well-balanced. Each dish has a thoughtfully chosen wine to complement it, the ambience is calm and unhurried, and the bright young team are enthusiastic and refreshingly free from pomp.”
The “evolving” British restaurant creates stunning dishes made using the finest produce found on the Isles, from seafood and beef to the finest, locally-sourced vegetables. Mana serves a set menu for £105 per head, however, due to the ever-changing nature of the dishes, no menu is available online.