San Carlo Cicchetti
House of Fraser (Kendals), King Street West, Manchester, M3
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, People watching, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of San Carlo Cicchetti
San Carlo can do no wrong in Manchester; it is always busy and you have to book well in advance to guarantee a table. So, when the group decided to open a new restaurant opposite, its arrival was eagerly awaited. I love the concept of this stylish new eating place - make up a meal by ordering several small dishes, sip good wine and soak up the chic, marble-clad atmosphere.
Cicchetti are small dishes or snacks typically served in bars in Venice. The menu and specials board are crammed full of these tempting tasters from gnocci to sea bass, bread and olives to melanzane parmigiana (aubergine baked in a tomato sauce with parmesan). I have yet to sample a bad plate of food here as each is packed with flavour. Ask your waiter to help you choose a wine to complement your meal - I tried to order a glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with my last meal but was advised against it and told to try the rosso piceno (a wise choice).
Cicchetti’s interior is light and white and positively sparkles. A long marble bar is an inviting spot to have a drink and huge windows look onto King Street West on one side and Kendals on the other. The average diner is as well turned out as the decor but I didn’t feel out of place slumming it in my jeans recently. As the restaurant is proving to be as popular as its older sister restaurant, expect to wait for a table at weekends.
The all Italian staff are welcoming and offer valuable advice on the day’s specials, the wine list and how much to order. Service can be stretched at peak times though.
Wrapped around the side of the city centre’s House of Fraser, the L-shaped restaurant can be entered from the store or from an entrance on King Street West.
Dishes are, on average, £6 each (cicchetti size) and wine is roughly £5 a glass. Avoid over-ordering as some of the dishes, especially pasta, are quite large.
If you can, try to bag a table in the window and watch the world go by.
Manchester’s original San Carlo is opposite. See the restaurant's website for more information.
More information on San Carlo Cicchetti:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant, Wine bar
- House of Fraser (Kendals), King Street West, Manchester, M3
- 0161 839 2233
- Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible