Platzki Restaurant, Manchester – Where Genuine Polish Hospitality is Served

An area of Manchester that I rarely visit is The Great Northern. This now modern complex boasts some fabulous restaurants, bars and a cinema.

It’s quite close to the Manchester GMex, a stone’s throw from Manchester’s Opera House and parallel to Deansgate ending just before the skyscraper Hilton Hotel.

So my wife and I decided to try out Platzki, a polish restaurant that one of our friends and work colleague Kasia told us about.. And believe me if she says something worth trying, you don’t ignore her!

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I found it a little difficult to find because it is located on an upper level at the back of the shops on Deansgate, found by going up a staircase located between shops.

Anna was very welcoming when we entered this cosy looking restaurant.

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The open plan kitchen is efficiently run by partners Pchemek (shemek) and Lukasz (Lucash) who regularly change the menu we are told.

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The tables and chairs resemble a cafe layout with a casual feel but disguise the quality of dishes that these two capable Poles produce.

Unlike Manchester, when we visited it was raining and was a little cold, so we opted for a hot drink on arrival.

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I tried the fresh honey and ginger. Ask for a strainer.. it makes it easier to drink… but it was lovely and refreshing.

The presentation of the starters was a feast for the eyes and unusual to the palette and included a Beetroot Carpaccio served with horseradish dressing and Smoked Mackerel starter… original and delicious! We tried the grilled Oscypek smoked cheese too with a fresh homemade plum sauce.. fabulous!

For the main courses, which we’re told change every week, we tried the Braised Ox Cheeks in red wine on a bed of pearl barley and the Butternut squash and potato dumplings served with fresh thyme and infused butter sauce and finished with smoked cottage cheese.

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Over on the sideboard were a selection of desserts too irresistible to ignore, so we tried them. I loved the one with poppy seed!

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Overall Platzki is a pleasure for lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for pre-cinema or theatre, or when you’re out shopping in the city.

Give it a try, you’ll not be disappointed. You can see their website here.

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