Exhibition, or EXHBTN as the sign outside would have you believe, is one of Manchester’s cluster of exciting multi-kitchen concepts (read: food halls) that just seem to be multiplying. In the former home of the Natural History Museum on Peter Street, the location makes it perfect for visitors to Manchester Central, the Radisson Blu and the Midland Hotel.
Exhibition is made up of three kitchens in one restaurant setting – Baratxuri, Rigatoni’s and OSMA. The menu is designed for kitchens to work together, giving diners the choice to create their own menu – ordering from any and all of the kitchens at once.
The Scandinavian stylings of OSMA include caviar, sashimi and whole-baked lobster divided between snacks, cold small plates and larger hot plates.
Popular Ramsbottom restaurant Baratxuri upped sticks to Exhibition in 2022. The kind of dishes you might find from this Basque fire kitchen include pinxtos, whole wild turbot, an oozy Bilbao-style tortilla, and a sharing board of Ibérico cured meats. Other crowd-pleasers include a huge 1kg bone-in rib steak served blue and an Ibérico pork steak served with aubergines and clam sauce.
Pasta restaurant Sud, now rebranded as Rigatoni’s, is the final kitchen in the trio. Like Sud, Rigatoni’s offers cooking inspired by its owners Southern Italian heritage. The new, simplified menu offers house-made rigatoni with seven options of sauce. We recommend the brown crab and vodka with breadcrumbs and tarragon. For a no-fail starter, go for the salami and potato crocchette, or the foccacia with gorgonzola whip and hot honey.