Find this good neighbourhood restaurant just to the north of the city centre in what used to be called the garment district, but which now goes under the name of the Northern Quarter.
The Market Restaurant has seen many changes during its history, and one of its many attractions is the way it has clung on to its 1950's feel and fittings.
Menus, however, keep up with modern trends and charge somewhat every six weeks or so.
Lunchtime brings lighter dishes whose styles range from 'Homemade Potted Beef with brown Toast'; 'Twice-Baked Crab Soufflé'; 'Bangers & Mash' and 'Pan-Fried Salmon with Mediterranean Vegetables & Rocket Salad'.
While more elaborate dishes appear in the evening - maybe 'Risotto of Squid Ink & Crispy Squid Rings' and 'Soft Boiled Duck Egg, Baby Gem & homemade Salad Cream' among the starters.
Possibly 'Baked Tomato Tart with Watercress Salad' through 'Roast Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille & Aubergine Crisps' to 'Roast Duck with Potato & Sorrel Pancakes' and 'Sirloin Steak with Chunky Chips & Peppercorn Sauce' among the mains.
They are particularly proud of their desserts (and indeed have special dessert 'events') - 'Cinnamon & Apricot Pavlova' and 'Bees Knees Cheesecake with Seasonal Berries' set the style. While they also list regional cheeses, which come with fruit cake and their own chutney.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-22.00, Sun 12.00-17.00, set L £14.95 (2 courses), £17.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 12.00-22.00, set D Tues-Thurs £25 (3 courses); mains £13.95 to £16.95
- Seats: 40
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups and is backed up by an impressive selection of Belgian beers
- Nearest station: Manchester Victoria
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Street parking & multi stories
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon, most Bank Holidays