Jem & I

Price guide: Mid-range

1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD

Price guide: Mid-range

Jem & I - seabass with chorizo and patatas bravas
#6 of 17
expert-rated restaurants in Manchester
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, No fuss, People watching, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Jem & I

This south Manchester bistro serves fantastic food.

Tucked away on School Lane just off the main road in Didsbury village, Jem & I is a welcome break from all of the nearby chain restaurants. The winning combination of good food and a laid-back atmosphere makes it a popular choice so book well ahead. I love the “Manchester caviar” (mushy peas).

Food and drink: 

Jem & I offers a Modern European menu with creative twists. During the day tapas style food is on offer while in the evening the menu includes classics like fish and chips with Manchester caviar (£10.95), tomato risotto fritter with grilled goats’ cheese, asparagus, roast red peppers, rocket salad and basil dressing (£10.95), seabass with chorizo and patatas bravas on spinach (£16.95) and market fish of the day. Dishes are beautifully presented and, when eating there, I always make a mental note to come more often.

Ambience: 

Jem & I has three seating areas for diners – in the bar area, in the small mezzanine seating area overlooking the bar and in the restaurant area looking out onto School Lane. All are done out in red and white with stripped floors and art for sale on the walls. The restaurant gets busy at the weekend so book early to make sure you get a table.

Service: 

The staff are friendly and helpful.

Location: 

The restaurant is in the centre of the trendy south Manchester suburb of Didsbury. Jem & I is a great dinner choice of you are staying at Eleven Didsbury Park .

Price advice: 

Mains range from £10.95 for fish and chips and the vegetarian option to £19.50 for sirloin steak.

Tables to book: 

For a quieter meal I like sitting in the mezzanine area (there are only tables for two) and watching the diners in the bar area below.

More information on Jem & I:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
British, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD
Telephone:
0161 445 3996
Website:
http://www.jemandirestaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon 5.30pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10pm, Sat 5.30pm-10pm, Sun noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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