Restaurant Review: Suri, Manchester

Suri

Camille Allcroft dines in style at Suri, a recently opened sophisticated restaurant and bar on King Street, Manchester that blends Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.

The venue

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The immediate impression is one of understated elegance as you walk in to the bright downstairs bar and restaurant area, which boasts plush cream booths, exposed brickwork and neutral walls lined with abstract art.

The contemporary aesthetic continues on the second floor, which offers an open kitchen and a spacious ambience, thanks to large windows which flood the room with light.


The food


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Suri’s menu is based on a sharing style and it is split in to Field, Farm and Waves. It also offers a Graze section with tempting nibbles such as olives paired with rose-infused rapeseed oil and wild thyme. There is a good choice of options available with something likely to appeal to everyone.

We start the meal with airy Persian spiced bread with fragrant textures and oil, served with a rustic smashed vegetable and chickpea dip. We move on to sampling several dishes – the split prawns with smashed avocado are a highlight and the aromatic ras el hanout spices work well with the meaty king prawns.

The chickpea kibbeh is crispy and golden – with the root vegetable and chickpea filling complemented by a zesty citrus yoghurt dipping sauce. Ox cheek with Pedro Ximenez, crushed potatoes, flash pickled red onion and citrus yoghurt is another dish success, with the sherry adding sweetness to the slow-cooked meat.

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There are some intriguing options on the wine list and the Merlot Xinomavro, ‘Paranga’ Kir Yianni from Greece makes a great partner to the tender Sumac chicken with roasted fennel wedges and tomato, butterbean and chorizo ragu.

The current special of sea bream kebabs tastes exceptional with a light salad of vine tomatoes, peppery rocket and crumbled Wensleydale – and a generous portion of Za’tar fries makes a spicy accompaniment. Succulent spiced pork belly with a crackling yoghurt sauce is another winner, showing a flair for bold flavours.

Service is both friendly and prompt with the staff happy to recommend food and wine choices, which is always a plus. We round off the meal with a tangy preserved lemon curd mousse, served with peppered red berries and a filo and sesame shard. One pudding is never enough – and our second dessert of chocolate slab with burnt orange ripple and whipped mascarpone proves pure indulgence.

The verdict 

Delicious food, interesting wine and a convivial atmosphere made this a very enjoyable evening. Suri is ideal for casual dining in refined surroundings and make sure to not miss out on the impressive cocktail list.

The details
Price: Dishes start from £4 for nibbles, with small plates from £5
Where: Suri Restaurant & Bar, 22 King Street, Manchester, M2 6AG
Bookings: Click here or phone 0161 641 7700

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