"We've visited the excellent bar at Beluga many times, and also at it's predecessor, Citrus. For some reason, we've never ventured downstairs to try their restaurant though. When a restaurant scores highly with our reviewers, especially our Trusted Reviewers at that, we're normally straight on the phone to book a table. The fact they took Hi-Life was even better, 2 meals for the price of 1... here we come!
If you're familiar with the small bar at Beluga you'll be in for a big surprise when you enter the restaurant down the stairs. It's a lot bigger than you'd expect and extremely luxurious. There's an open kitchen and some of the most stylish eating booths in Manchester. Our waiter, Dion, was very friendly and helped us through the 2 menus, we opted for dishes from both the a la carte and lunch menus together with two of the extra daily specials he informed us about.
The Wild Mushroom & Bamboo Risotto starter arrived in a stylish but small triangular bowl, served with a Tomato Pancetta - it tasted fantastic but was a tad expensve at £5.95. The Steak Sandwich was also very nice; cooked to perfection and covered in a healthy portion of mushrooms (£8.95). The Seasonal Sausage, served with delicious mashed potato and gravy was also worthy of note and excellent value at £7.45.
All in all, the previous reviews are spot on. Beluga boasts an excellent restaurant deserving of a reputation other than just the bar. There are few restaurants in town offering such lavish surroundings and serving equally as good food. It comes highly recommended!" ~ Restaurants Of Manchester (28/11/2007 ~ visited on a Mon afternoon)