I was really looking forward to our visit to The Rose Garden. After all, you don't get 2nd on the list of 764 Manchester restaurants without being a bit special.
Not so I'm afraid.
I'm a great fan of Tripadvisor, but this is where it falls down badly. There is no way on earth that this delightful, if not very expensive little cafe is the 2nd best restaurant in the area. I could name two dozen better places off the top of my head but because of the Didsbury demographics (young professionals who are more likely to comment on TA) it's shot up to a point that it really doesn't deserve.
Sorry, but that's just the way it is.
What did we think of it then?
The decor is modern, stark and minimalist with swivel bucket chairs and white melamine tables but it's actually not that far away from The Bridge Cafe where the losing team from The Apprentice go for their post-mortems.
The food is quite adventurous but it's just far too dear with 3 scallops and a bit of streaky bacon costing £8 and 3 tiny pieces of lamb costing getting on £20. Add a plate of chips (yes, you do need some extra carbs) and you're getting towards £25 for a simple main. It was very well cooked and the meat was tender and succulent, but all in all, it's just massively too expensive.
We paid over £90 for a meal for two, 4 glasses of wine (and my eyes may have been playing tricks, but they were the smallest 250ml glasses I have ever seen.) which was about £30 too much.
The Rose Garden is OK for an informal (and expensive) dinner between friends but don't expect your wife to be impressed if you took here there for your wedding anniversary.
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