Situated across the street from the old fish market in the bohemian Northern Quarter of Manchester is a hidden gem of a restaurant. The TNQ Restaurant & Bar is quickly becoming part of the Manchester establishment – the kind of establishment that has that cool, sophisticated edge; like a foodie Morrissey, or New Order.
Its half open kitchen and huge windows give it a modern slant, but in essence it is simple, chic and fresh – like its food really. All the food is fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and cooked on site. Head chef Anthony Fielden has created classic British fare with hints of further afield.
I went to the restaurant on a Wednesday evening, thinking it would be relatively quiet. Instead it was full to heaving with further customers sitting on the terrace outside enjoying the Manchester summer sun. The staff was clearly stretched and service was occasionally slow, but they remained friendly and professional.
I dined from the a la carte menu with Spring onion & mushroom spring rolls with pickled cucumber salad to start which was deliciously refreshing, followed by the Spinach, mushroom & ricotta filo parcel with sauteed beans and cherry tomato. You could taste the freshness of the vegetables which were cooked to perfection.
I was “good” on this occasion and did not have dessert, though there was a wide selection to choose from including a selection of British cheeses.
I would thoroughly recommend TNQ if you are looking for somewhere different, kooky almost, but where the food is of the utmost importance. It’s the type of place you can take the folks for their Sunday roast, or clients for dinner whilst also maintaining a level of intimacy for date night.