Nichols Second Floor Restaurant Manchester - reader comments
great evening with great food. Service was
polite and attentive - made you feel like they wanted you
to be there. Great views of Exchange Square at night.
I didn't know much about Harvey Nicks before this - but I intend to
get to know it much better."
- james, manchester 15/4/08 (visited on a friday evening)
of the comments below sum up the 2nd Floor Restaurant superbly. Both
the presentation of the food and the view over Exchange Square
are wonderful, the portions are tiny and overpriced.
All in all, not a bad place to take your Mum whilst out shopping but
I much prefer the Brasserie where prices are more realistic and the
food less pretentious."
- rob, manchester 24/2/08 (visited on a saturday lunch)
view was great, the ideas behind most dishes
were great, but would have to complain about 2 very over-cooked
fish dishes, Halibut and Cod were very badly done, too over-cooked
by far, although accompaniments were fine. I can't believe
the dessert was presented in such a way that some of it was literally
impossible to eat - I had Bitter Choc Dessert, which had a jelly
in a shot glass which the dessert spoon was too big to get in to.
I can understand adventurous presentation, but not
at the price of cooking the ingredients right, and letting us get
at them. I eat out a lot, and this was like a Masterchef quarter-finalist
let loose in a professional kitchen; lots of clever
ideas, not enough basic execution. Waiters friendly,
but a bit disconcerting to see my main course being presented to the
people next to us, (and the mistake repeated again and again). Sorry
to say this, but not good value for money, even when
compared with similar in London"
- kathleen buckley, london 18/2/08 (visited on a sunday lunch)
food was incredible. Full of fantastic flavours.
I ordered a vegetarian starter of Wild Mushrooms and a main course
of Beef with Potato Gratin and Truffle Jus and, whilst initially
a little dissappointed with the size of portions, soon changed my
mind with how filling the food was! My partner and I both
decided to go the whole hog and have three courses and the selection
of puddings was a delight. The wine list was, as expected,
very impressive if a little overpriced, and I did
notice they left the price tag on the back of our bottle of wine,
revealing just how much of a mark up they applied! All in all, a
very good, if somewhat pricey restaurant and would happily
eat here again"
- gemma, manchester 18/2/08 (visited on a saturday evening)
no doubting that Harvey Nic's chef Alison Seagrave is talented
but it would be interesting to see if she'd have the same reputation
if she wasn't working at a restaurant aimed at rich shoppers
and footballers' wives. The artistic presentation
of the food matches the impressive view from the corner window however
something is lacking and it's hard to put your finger on
what it is. Service on most of my visits has been too formal
and the food, whilst beautiful to look at, was either too cold or
lacking that final touch which you'd expect to find in more
decorated restaurants in the region. Portion sizes are as
small as those you'd find at some of the tapas bars in town,
with side dishes almost certainly required for nearly everything on
the menu. That doesn't relate to the price though, which are amongst
the highest in the city centre, with most mains around the £18
mark plus £3.50 for sides and the additional 10% extra service
charge they add - even at the bar! Overall, it's a potentially
great restaurant - especially at the moment with their breathtaking
Willard Wigan Exhibition, exhibiting the world's smallest works of
art. However, like Wigan's work, the dishes in the Second
Floor Restaurant are also beautiful looking, small and expensive!"
- matthew, manchester 5/2/08 (visited on a sunday lunch)
impressive and great views out of restaurant
window. Excellent food and service - amazing cocktails
and wine choice"
- adam rae, derbyshire 15/11/07 (visited on a saturday evening)