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Introducing our new Head Chef, Steven Moore

We are delighted to announce our new Head Chef, Stephen Moore.

Since Steven joined the 55 King Street team he has made his mark on our menu already with extravagant flavours and stunning presentation. Stephen made the move across King Street from nearby Gotham Hotel with a CV that boasts working for 3 AA-rose restaurants at Church Green in Lymm under Aiden Byrne and at Thornton Hall Hotel on the Wirral under Matt Worswick.

Restaurant owner Paul Roden says: “Stephen is working with the current menu but will be varying and adding new dishes as he proceeds. He has really impressed since day one and Grafene has definitely moved up a notch.

“You can taste it in the quality of food, and I witness it every day in Stephen’s drive and determination.”

Also joining the Grafene team this New Year are David Bowman-Powell, Restaurant Manager, who joins from Nutters; Bar Manager Asa Cann, formerly of Quill; Assistant GM Aldona Jablonska formerly of Amba and Business Development Manager Rebecca Walker, formerly of Australasia and The Alchemist.

Paul continued: “We’ve come a long way as a restaurant since opening in July last year and we’re excited to see where our new team can help take us next.”

Have you tasted Grafene yet?

With a stunning, ever-changing menu, the current favourites include roasted cod with smoked mussels, kohlrabi, seaweed sauce and sea herbs, rump of beef with roast cauliflower, sage and feta dauphinoise, and toffee parfait with yoghurt sorbet, honeycomb and granola (see photos).

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Michael Deacon reviews Grafene, Manchester: ‘The venison I just found a bit, erm, Orwellian’

This business of having exposed piping all over your restaurant ceiling. I still don’t get it. Is it popular with the public? Are there people who get a kick from eating somewhere that looks like the Chemical Plant Zone stage from Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Do lovers find it romantic, gazing dreamily into each other’s eyes four foot below a sewage pipe? Did Pope Julius II look up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and say, ‘Not bad, Signor Michelangelo, but to be honest I think it would have looked better with a whacking great aluminium air duct in the middle’?

“Rarely have I had the pleasure of having quite so much naked plumbing suspended above my head”

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How Manchester restaurants are teaming up to help the homeless


When you eat out, would you pay one pound extra for your meal, if it helped your town’s homeless population?

That’s exactly how some of Manchester’s top restaurants will give a Christmas gift to the city’s homeless this winter.

In a newly unveiled campaign called StreetSmart, participating restaurants will add one pound to all bills between now and December 31.

This voluntary contribution is the same no matter how large the party, and the money raised is donated to Greater Manchester’s homeless charities.

High profile sponsor Deutsche Bank will ensure that all of the money collected will go directly to local homeless organisations by covering the scheme’s running and operational costs.

The donation is voluntary and can easily be removed from the bill upon request, but customers rarely object. Experience has shown that less than one per cent of diners decline to participate, and many actually request to add more than one pound to their bill.

This small donation soon adds up to an amount which can have a serious impact on the lives of the local homeless population.

The 2015 campaign raised over £15,000 for Greater Manchester charities, and the aim is to increase the amount this year with the help of several of the city’s hottest new restaurants, such as The Refuge, Grafene and El Gato Negro.


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