A slice of the Seine in Manchester, this family-run French restaurant really knows its onions.
In the hipster packed Northern Quarter, you can find a little bit of Paris in the shape of family-run restaurant 63 Degrees. Florence, Eric and Alexandre Moreau have left the glamour of their hometown to bring a taste of the French capital to Manchester.
63 Degrees are proud wine-lovers, believing that wine is an integral part of the overall dining experience. The wine list has a careful balance between quality and variety, handpicking some of the finest bottles from the great wine regions of France (of course).
If you dine on a Tuesday evening you could sample the 'five course tasting menu’, which at just £25 is a steal of epic proportions – akin to taking the Mona Lisa from the Louvre (almost). The a la carte menu is plentiful and varied, featuring chef/dad Eric's signature dishes: tartare de bar de ligne au yuzu (line caught sea bass tartare with yuzu); sphère tout chocolat, aux fruits rouges (chocolate orb with red fruits); and cylindre de volaille farci 63 degrés, feuilleté de pomme de terre (63° stuffed chicken cylinder and potato in puff pastry). The chicken, cooked low and slow at 63 degrees to create tender and incomparable tastes, is not only impressive, but gives the restaurant its name, too.
Service is efficient, friendly and not too fussy, mirroring the stylish laid-back approach to life in France. The Moreau family have certainly brought a little bit a Parisian charm to Manchester.
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Occupying the spot that was once The Market restaurant, nestled in between the trendy bars and eateries of the Northern Quarter and facing the old fish market, 63 Degrees is an elegant retreat from the buzz of the city. Crisp white decor complimented by a gold feature wall and trendy exposed bulb lightshades, it is chic without being fussy. The set lunch menu, competitively priced at two courses for £16 or three courses for £20, features modern European fare which isn't particularly adventurous but features some interesting flavours. We ordered the chef's terrine and the salmon and avocado tartare to start, the terrine being a delicately flavoured pate accompanied by fresh bread and a side salad and perhaps a little tough for my liking and the tartare arriving beautifully presented on a slate. For mains, we shared the 63 Degrees chicken which was perhaps the most tender chicken I have ever tasted and cooked to absolute perfection, and the risotto; delicious but not outstanding. Service was impeccable, our wine glasses permanently monitored and refilled as required, but not intrusive, although we were offered the dessert menu shortly after our dessert plates had been cleared away by a different waiter so perhaps a little more communication between serving staff would avoid a small and inconsequential hiccup like this. The soundtrack of Norah Jones perfectly complimented the ambience and set a relaxed mood. Attentive and personable waiters, a winning menu, beautifully presented dishes, an extensive wine list and simple yet effective decor made for an enjoyable experience and I would struggle to fault the food. We stayed long after our desserts were eaten and our wine was finished and didn't feel rushed or under pressure to leave and 63 Degrees is somewhere I wouldn't hesitate to return and linger again. Fantastic.