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Is Rayner right about Manc restaurants?

Yankunian | Feb 11, 200804:51 AM

Wondering if anyone saw Jay Rayner's review of Grado in the Observer Sunday.

If not, here's how he starts out:

"What is it with Manchester? Why, when it comes to restaurants, is it always so nearly, but not quite? Why does every restaurant I visit fail to deliver? Is it me? Do they hate me so much that they decide to show me such a mediocre time I won't return? Or is it the city? It's a big buzzy place, Manchester, full of interesting-looking people, and there are lots of Mancunians with money - exactly what you need for a thriving restaurant scene. And yet almost every time I eat here, I return home wallowing in disappointment, as though a little bit of me has died."

What do people think of this? As someone who has eaten at a lot of the city's best restaurants, I have to agree that Manchester's dining scene leaves much to be desired. Is he too harsh, or right on?

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