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Mr Cooper's House & Garden

Mr Coopers House & Garden by Simon Rogan
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Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS [map]
150-seat restaurant, with 50-cover destination bar by Simon Rogan with varied, international style and menus in the Midland Hotel.
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Mr Coopers House & Garden - Manchester

Mr Coopers House & Garden by Simon Rogan ~ overall readers' reviews
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most popular dish: Minted Chargrilled Courgettes, Lamb Rumps & Spiced Lentils (£16)

Mr Coopers House & Garden by Simon Rogan Manchester ~ our reviews
Michelin Dining For The Masses (Oct 2013)

Trusted Reviewer "Restaurant no.3 of our 15 in seven days project and it’s the most talked about restaurant of the moment. The grand space, familiar to many Mancunians as The Colony, or Franc’s back in the old days, has enjoyed a massive refurbishment to become an English country garden conservatory-themed casual fine-dining restaurant from 2 Michelin Star chef Simon Rogan, the man behind The French also at The Midland as well as L'Enclume in Cartmel, and now Claridge's in London.

An artificial tree in the middle of the room is complemented by expensive garden furniture and potted plants. It’s a unique bright and inviting room that you can picture yourself spending a rainy afternoon sat with friends chatting over fine food and drinking fantastic cocktails. The modern jazz playlist matches the surroundings too.

Mr Coopers - Salmon Belly
   
Mr Coopers - Chicken Wings

As well as the menu, Simon Rogan has overseen both the decor and theme. Hot on the heels of The French receiving three AA Rosettes (the best possible in a restaurant's first six months of opening) and being named Best Newcomer in the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide, in which his 2 Star Michelin L'Enclume claims the title of best restaurant in Britain, Mr Coopers extends the Cumbrian chef's offering even further.

What is unusual for Mr Rogan, is that the menu veers away from traditional British and is very international with influences from Mexico (Gazpacho with Wasabi & Avocado, £6) and Greece (Meatballs with Hyssop, Baked Apricots & Tzatziki, £6). The main influence, other than British is overwhelmingly Japanese with tofu, wasabi, sepia noodles and teriyaki appearing throughout the menu.

We opted for dishes from the 3 courses for £19 Lunch Menu (a choice of two starters, two mains and two desserts) and also from the A La Carte Menu (ten starters, ten mains and ten desserts), which is also incredible value with mains ranging from £13 (Roasted Teriyaki Tofu Steak) to just £19 (Cumbrian Rib Eye Steak).

   

The starters arrived quickly – perfect if you’re in a rush back to the office. The Chicken Wings in Pomegranate Molasses (£6.50), with chives and sepia noodles were excellent . They had been deboned, expertly cooked (as you’d expect from Simon Rogan’s kitchens) and worked marvellously with the tartiness of the pomegranate. The Smoked Salmon Belly from the Lunch Menu, served on a watercress emulsion with salted lemon and crisp baby gem was as delicious as it was photogenic. The portion size was also generous for such an amazing special offer.

On to the mains and the Lunch Menu’s Baked Salt Cod with Teriyaki glazed greens, shitake mushrooms and purple potato fritters was beautifully cooked with the cod perfectly flaked and unbelievably tasty. Again, incredible value for money.

Side orders of Minted Chargrilled Courgettes (£4), delicious Deep Fried Pickles (£4) and a beautiful Creamed Kale Spinach & Bacon (£4) were not necessarily needed however we’d definitely recommend sampling.

Mr Coopers - Cod

   
Mr Coopers - Lamb

The stand-out dish was the Lamb Rumps with minted chargrilled courgettes and spiced lentils (£16). If there’s only one criticism, it could have done with being pinker although the taste was still sensational. Absolutely delicious and just the right size to leave enough room for pudding.

Talking of which, we'd been that spoilt with the previous dishes we got greedy and ordered three from the choice of twelve. We blame the excellent waitress who couldn't recommend each dish enough. The Lunch Menu’s Quince Bakewell with star anise gel, sugared almond and vanilla ice cream and the a la carte’s Apple Butterscotch Pie with Cinnamon Crème Anglais (£6.50) were both simple, traditional desserts that were not as technically impressive as the rest of the meal. However, like the Chocolate Hazelnut Pavlova (£7), they were all delicious and more than filling.

As if the price of the dishes isn't impressive enough, the wine menu is also good value for money. It's relatively short at just 53 bins but each grape is well represented, ranging from £17 (South African 2012 Nyala, Cabernet Sauvignon) to a £75 Italian 2008/9 Lowengang Estate, Tenutae Lageder Chardonnay. 21 bins are also available by the glass (from just £4.75) and the cocktails are amongst the best in Manchester, despite costing as little as £6.50.

   

Overall, we were blown away at the quality of the food for such reasonable prices and the non-stuffy environment, which encourages the staff to express their friendly personalities. Service throughout from the predominately Spanish staff was excellent, attentive, cheekily friendly and informal. Comfortably amongst the best we’ve enjoyed in Manchester.

Whilst the kitchen at Mr Coopers is not the same as The French, the influence of Simon Rogan is still apparent. For the price, we doubt there's a better value for money meal available in the country, let alone Manchester.

If you can't afford to dine at The French, or simply can't get a table, then the Midland's more casual restaurant is an excellent alternative and a dining experience, like us, you are likely to repeat time and time again." - restaurants of manchester - 23/10/13 (visited on a Wednesday lunchtime)

Mr Coopers - Quince Bakewell
   
Mr Coopers - Apple Butterscotch Pie

Mr Coopers - Pavlova

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"indoor country garden"
"a rogan for everybody"

Mr Cooper's House & Garden by Simon Rogan ~ members' reviews
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