Wednesday, 5 July 2017

WOOD Manchester - Menu Launch

Simon Wood has revealed details of the first menus to be served at WOOD Manchester which is set to open later this summer.

The Owner and Chef at fine-dining restaurant WOOD Manchester, located on First Street in the city centre, has produced an a’ la carte menu, a blind tasting menu which will be served in the restaurant or at the six cover chef’s table in front of the open kitchen (Only available Friday and Saturday evening) and a menu featuring the three dishes that bagged Simon the title of MasterChef on the hit BBC show.

There’s also a first-floor private dining room to seat 16 to 20 people with a gallery and glass fronted view over the restaurant and dining area.

The focus is to create a relaxed, un-intimidating dining atmosphere for guests to enjoy Simon’s dishes.

From the Wild Mushroom Raviolo With Sage, Chestnut & Pangrattato or the Pigeon, Fig, Endive & Belazu Lardon starters to the Mains featuring Cod, Leek, Tar, Fennel, Chicken & Parsley and the giant sharing Tomahawk Steak each dish is served with playful authenticity using classic flavour parings. One of the stars of the show is the Josper Smoked Gnocchi which will be served throughout the menu.

Simon’s blind tasting menu will change dependent on seasonality, the ingredients available and what he feels like cooking! It will be presented to guests, who must book in advance, on a sealed scroll. The chef’s table will only be available on Friday and Saturday nights.

On the BBC Show John Torode said of Simon that he took something ordinary and made it special. So for guests who want to see what it was that helped Simon win the title of MasterChef Champion they can order from the Final Show Menu and try each of the dishes he cooked for the judges on that day.

The Final Show Menu

  • Fizz & Amuse
  • Squid, Chorizo, Aged Sherry, Brunoise & Frisse
  • Pigeon, Watercress, Pommes, Heritage Carrots & Nut
  • Citrus Tutti-Frutti & Lime Air


For afternoon or after work drinks with a difference guests can try the sophisticated lounge menu which will include a selection of small plates that will be perfect to enjoy with a glass of fizz or a pint. It has simple dishes such as Flat Iron Steak, Smoked Gnocchi, Rocket Parmesan Pesto & Leaves, Simon’s trademark Italian take on steak and chips. There will be mushrooms or seared squid from the Josper and lighter bites including Cured Salmon, Sourdough Croute, Bagna-cauda & Pickles or a take on a Waldorf Chicken Salad. Plus small plates including Pork Belly Bites, Josper Pimiento de Padron peppers and Josper Smoked Gnocchi, it really does cater for that just the one….. two, or maybe three after work.

Simon commented;

“I’m really excited to get these menus out there and see what the response is. My focus is on simple dishes and ingredients that pack a punch. The smoked gnocchi is such a simple dish but it tastes amazing. Also I’ve included my MasterChef dishes because so many people say that they’d like to try them so it would be silly not to!

“Another thing I’m being asked daily right now is - when are you opening? I really hope that we will be able to announce this in the next week or so, so anyone who wants to know should keep an eye on our social media channels. The announcement is imminent.”

WOOD Manchester are now taking bookings from 1st September - book your table now.



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