As someone who loves nothing more than tucking into a Sunday roast, the news that Store Street Exchange were launching a new Sunday lunch menu grabbed my attention. For any main at £12.95 and two courses for £15.95, the pricing was within my student budget which further spurred me to make the trip to Piccadilly to try it out for myself.
Situated in the decadent Hilton hotel, just a stones throw away from Piccadilly station, Store Street Exchange is a must for its modern yet relaxed atmosphere. Once inside, diners can watch juicy chicken slowly cooking in a rotisserie oven and can see other dishes being cooked in an open kitchen. We chose to sit by a window, on big plush sofa-style chairs that made the dining experience incredibly comfortable. We were served by the very attentive Jacob, who made a real effort to ensure our needs were met.
Just next to the restaurant is the Store Street Craft Bar, which serves an array of locally brewed craft beer as well as an assortment of other beverages. Jacob asked us if we would like to try some of these drinks and presented us with a sample of three craft beers, explaining the differences between them and demonstrating an evident understanding of the produce on offer. We opted for Jacob’s recommendation of a locally brewed craft beer and it was delicious!
To start with, we were presented with some freshly baked bread and a selection of Italian olives. Then we opted for the two course option of a main and dessert for £15.95. I decided on the rotisserie half-chicken and my companion went for the Chefs Roast of the Day which was Pork. When our food arrived we were initially concerned that the portions looked small and were lacking in any greens, with the plate predominantly consisting of meat and plenty of juicy gravy.
However, our worries were quickly overturned as our server returned with plates of honey glazed carrots, huge Yorkshire puds, and garlic steamed greens. The idea was that diners shared these plates and distributed them amongst themselves which I feel added a nice communal touch to the dining experience.
Despite prior misconceptions that the portions were small, I found that they were very generous indeed. We certainly got our moneys worth and finished the meal feeling very satisfied. I would recommend both the pork and the chicken however I did feel that the chicken was slightly better in terms of taste, and it was nice to see it being cooked in the rotisserie oven prior to being served.
For dessert, I opted for the Lemon and Mascarpone Cheesecake whereas my companion went for a melt in the middle chocolate pud. Both were presented very nicely and my friend felt that the pudding was one of the best he had ever had! For £15.95 the two course option is differently worth it and I am planning on returning to try some of their starters.
Overall, the service was exquisite and we felt that every need was taken of. In terms of the food, I will definitely be returning as the roast was one of the best I have had in Manchester. Store Street Exchange is definitely a must-go for foodies and roast lovers alike as the decor, service, and food makes it a dining experience that is not one to forget.