You might remember my post a few months ago, about going to the beautiful Rosso Restaurant in Manchester, for the first instalment of the Blogger Dining Club, curated by Georgie Glass. I was lucky enough to be invited back again in December, this time to try Don Giovanni for their Christmas Showcase. It had been about a decade (wow…) since I’d last been to the restaurant, and in that time it’s been renovated and re-branded as one of Manchester’s best and the oldest independently owned Italians in the city.
I arrived at the restaurant and made my way through the very grand floor-to-ceiling glass doors and was greeted by the beautiful Holly and her adorable growing bump. After taking off my many December layers, I took in how festive and dazzling the restaurant looked in preparation for Christmas. A few more bloggers turned up, some familiar faces, some new, before we were seated at a gorgeous table towards the back of the restaurant.
The table was set out beautifully, with treats from Kiehls, Just Bee Water, Warner Edwards and Portobello Road Gin, with flower centres from The Flower Lounge in Didsbury.
We took some photos, had some lovely chats and catch ups and sipped on Prosecco before the first course came out. I always love pre-ordering my food because by the time the meal comes, I’ve forgotten what I asked for and it’s always a bit of a surprise without having to scour the menu again.
For the starter, I went for the Carpaccio Di Salmone, which was thin slices of smoked salmon, lemon oil, capers and dill. The amount of smoked salmon we were given was amazing, seen as in some places they can be a bit stingy with the portion – I’m looking at you, Northern Quarter brunch haunts. The capers and lemon and dill really brought the flavour of the dish out, and it was delicious. I’ve always been a big fan of fish, especially smoked salmon as it always feels like a bit of a treat as we never really buy it at home.
For the second course, I had the Ravioli Aragosta (lobster ravioli) which was incredible. It wasn’t overly fishy and had a hint of chilli, which was lovely and tasty. I’ve only had lobster only a handful of times, and this was by far the best and made me feel super swish and fancy when it came.
After the main course, we all chatted for a bit longer and took some photos of the beautiful surroundings before having a festive champagne cocktail which tasted of mince pies – very fitting indeed.
If you’re looking for an authentic Italian meal in the heart of the city centre, I couldn’t recommend this place more. The staff are incredibly attentive, the menu has original classics, as well as a few modern dishes for those who want to try something new and the setting is beautiful.
My meal at Don Giovanni was complimentary. All views are my own.