Myself and Dorothy went to see the Black Swan in Altrincham (just 1.5 miles down the road) which was great by the way; I’ll not go into detail, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
The surprise was, we came out of the cinema about 7.30 and thought where to eat. Manchester centre’s about 8 miles down the road but we thought we’ed stay in Altrincham (all-tring-ham) deciding to ride around to see what was on offer.
We found Yara a family run restaurant selling traditional Lebanese and Syrian food.
On entering we were asked if we had booked, which we hadn’t; after a minute or two the waiter said it was ok but they needed the table back at 8:30, which I hate; we looked at each other, hadn’t booked so couldn’t grumble and decided to say.
The conversation was taking place in an area just as we entered the restaurant, the waiter pointed to a table set for 6 just where we were stood and turned away. We both looked at each other and as I found out later both thinking the same thing, ‘not if we have to sit here’.
We ended up on the first floor, the menu was just up my street, different dishes like tapas which you could order large or small portions of, I ordered grilled halloumi cheese with pitta bread and Dorothy had chicken wings for starters, followed by mixed and shish kabab with a really nice Lebanese rice and greek salad served with two lovely dips. Nothing really out of the ordinary, but it was all really very nice, fresh, vibrant authentic middle eastern food, full of flavour; and after 2 years they still let you bring your own wine with only £1.00 corkage, which we didn’t know about at the time but where in heaven to find they sold Chateau Musar at a very reasonable price.
Not fine dinning, but great food in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with super efficient staff. Bookings are essential, particularly at weekends.
The Cornerstones Guest House is just down the road from Altrincham and the Yara Restaurant and just 12 minutes from Manchester city center by Metro.
So if your looking for some where to eat in Manchester, ask us to arrange a table at Yara when booking your accommodation.
23 Oxford Road
Tuesday – Friday: 5pm – 11pm,
Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – 11pm,
Monday – closed.