Last year, the Cornerhouse on Oxford Road, Manchester finally closed their doors and moved down the road to First Street, to their new place, HOME. The move was a welcomed and well needed upgrade as the new venue finally holds two theatre spaces, five cinema screens, a gallery, bar and restaurant. For a huge project, the space has been utilised well and I made sure to check out the food at the restaurant.
I visited the restaurant on two separate occasions with friends, both times for lunch. It is quite easy to walk in on a whim, visit the gallery space and see what new artists are on and then move on to the restaurant to grab a quick meal.
What is striking about the restaurant is the design theme for the building which runs throughout with it bare and sparse look, triple height windows and 60's nordic inspired wooden tables and chairs. Despite this design choice, the restaurant remains warm and inviting, continuing to be reminiscent of it's name. I especially loved the triple height windows and made it a point to sit by the window every time I visited. My only gripe was that it is not exactly the best view, looking out unto a patch of land and come offices. Nevertheless, it is never ever bad to sit by any window for a bit of sunlight in Manchester.
The menu itself is quite large with classic mains, burgers and pizzas of a wide selection. Definitely comparable to other restaurants with the same sort of menu, of which there are plenty of. In that respect, it does not do anything groundbreaking. But where it lacks in innovation, it makes up with taste and use of ingredients. As it was lunch time, we went straight for the mains. I went for the Beef Short Rib Ragu which while it is not the most Instagram worthy, is moist with the tastiest beef cuts. It was so good, I had this on my two visits and would not try anything else. Also tried by my friends as the Spiced Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagne / and a Seafood Risotto which I think was a special. For dessert at lunch, they had a cart out with cakes and puddings of all sorts so I made sure to get a slice of carrot cake which I always enjoy.
Whilst serving classic dishes, the restaurant at HOME does it quite well and makes a great venue to visit for lunch or a pre theatre dinner if needed. It is close by to quite a few offices and they have on offer a worker's lunch deal of £8.50 for a meal and drink. Check out their website for more details.