Manchester Confidential enthusiastic as new French restaurant opens

7th of November, 2011 Bookmark and Share
A new French restaurant has launched in Manchester's fashionable Northern Quarter district, much to the delight of popular entertainment website Manchester Confidential.

Titled 63 Degrees, it is the first French restaurant in Manchester to open for a long time and will specialise in modern Gallic cuisine, served in its attractive dining room within the Light building on Church Street, formerly home to Simple and Bulb.

Manchester property on the fringes of the Northern Quarter has held mixed fortunes for eateries – and Jonathan Schofield, editor-in-chief of Manchester Confidential, has some fears that 63 Degrees may struggle with passing trade. However, he is very excited about the opening of a restaurant specialising in "good Frenchie food".

The new venue is owned and managed by the Moreau family, who have announced their intention to obtain produce from local sources and ensure that the menu remains true to its roots. This is a departure from other Manchester French restaurants of recent times, which have chiefly taken the form of chains, or featured a fusion of European styles on their menus.

Schofield is clearly pleased about the change and stated in his preview: "Vive la Revolution. Off with Cafe Rouge's collective heads," referring tothe informal cafe company which has outlets throughout the city.
63 Degrees is said to be the perfect temperature for serving coffee, hence the name of the restaurant – and it appears that perfection may also have been achieved on the dining table.

"Andrew Nutter, current holder of the Greatest Living Rochdalian title, and eponymous head chef at Nutters, had a great meal there last week and was raving about it," said Schofield.

Dishes include risotto croquant de légumes au piment d’espelette et parmesan (crisp vegetable risotto with espelette pepper and parmesan); filet de boeuf, sauce béarnaise et gratin dauphinois en cocotte (beef fillet, bearnaise sauce and gratin dauphinois served in its baking dish); and billes de ganache choco-passion, coeur coulant et croustillant (crispy spheres of chocolate passion fruit ganache with a melting centre).

Time will tell whether 63 Degrees succeeds in becoming one of the top Manchester restaurants – but Schofield is looking forward to making an early assessment and "can't wait to review".

Richard Frost
Confidential Publishing was set up in 2003 and its flagship site,, has over 100,000 readers and more than 75,000 subscribers. It covers food and drink, news, arts, entertainment, health and beauty, property and business and is aimed at the city region’s intelligent and educated readership. In September 2011, over half a million pages were viewed on the site. The company has won several awards including Top North West Brand in 2008 and One To Watch in 2007 at the How-Do Awards, which recognises local media in the North West. The firm employs almost 30 people across its head office in Manchester, and offices in Leeds and Liverpool.