King St., once synonymous with shopping, is now the go to in Manchester city centre for premium and fine dinning offerings. With a complement of Italian’s some Spanish & Mediterranean and then there’s British, proper British. We head to Grafene for the ultimate in quintessentially British grub – the Sunday roast.
If you’ve never been, Grafene is just tucked off the main drag in the more secluded and peaceful Pall Mall Court – their terrace utilises this space and provides a nice little spot to enjoy cocktails, afternoon tea or some lunch when the rain stops. Interior wise expect an impressive combination of modern grey metal work, upholstered booths and splashes of coloured ceramic tiles. It’s clean cut but cosy.
The full a la carte and tasting menu is available every Sunday but pride of place on the
clipboard is the Sunday Roast, today’s choice consists of Roast Baby Chicken or Roast Beef. One of each please. Whilst Head Chef Stephen Moore works his magic we work our way through their selection of Homemade Breads…and butter…he’s made the butter!
Rosemary focaccia, regular wholemeal and a cheese & onion version of the aforementioned. Warm bread, what’s not to like? There is something extra special about it being made in house though, the smell for one. Opposite the homemade butter we’ve got some beef dripping which is deliciously salty and suits the bread (and future Yorkshire puddings) down to the ground.
After not long at all two well presented plates arrive piled with exactly the type of thing your stomach needs if you’ve had any sort of fun on Saturday night. Grafene’s Sunday Roast is served with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and jus all for £15.50. On the day we’re treated to some perfect roast potatoes, red and white cabbage and little multicoloured carrots. Meat time and the chicken is really succulent and falls off the bone, the skin is charred which is a nice touch and provides a bit of bite really adding to the flavour. The beef is soft, pink and marries excellently with the jus, add horseradish – or don’t, and you’re in business.
Full and with the sun shining outside, we decide to skip dessert in favour of cocktails on the terrace. We’ve seen the desserts and they are mega, there will be plenty of opportunity on our return trips to demolish chocolatey masterpieces but sometimes when the sun has got his hat on in Manchester it’d just be rude not to partake in Sunday Funday! Spoilt for choice between Classic and Signature cocktails we go slightly off piste with Sipsmith London Cup – a pitcher of Sipsmith Gin full of fruit and summer flavours topped up with your choice of posh lemonade (£15) or Prosecco (£18). It servers four but with some basic maths we divide it between two and have twice as much, we love maths.
Sat on Grafene’s terrace watching the world go by after a big inexpensive lunch with a jug of gin and bubbles is pretty much perfection. Try it for yourself: grafene.co.uk