ADDRESS1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 3AQ, UK Tel: +44 16 1278 1000
Malmaison is pretty much Manchester's sexiest hotel, Kylie and those famous gold hot pants often bunk down here. BarChick was pretty impressed from the off, the open hotel lobby blended nicely into the big industrial Americana style of Smoak and its battered steel sunken bar. We pulled up a big ol' leather chair and got friendly with the staff and the drinks menu.
Start with an Old Cuban (Veuve Clicquot, Bacardi Gold, lime juice, sugar syrup, ginger syrup & mint leaves), Mal have nicknamed it the "Bentley of Mojitos" and you can see why… it's kinda fancy. The Malmaison Fizz (Bubble Time Champagne, Belvedere pink grapefruit vodka, Kamm & Sons ginseng & elderflower cordial) is summer in a glass and made Barchick want to slip into a bikini.
Hungry? Steak is truly Smoak's thang, get involved with a hunk of meat cooked in a Josper Grill - it's big, really hot (the grill, not the chef) and makes T-Bones taste incredible. When you're done with the booze and steak, get yourself a room upstairs and sleep it off… or something like that.