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Five tiny restaurants to squeeze into – if you can

3 years ago

As fans of Michelin star tasting menus might argue, bigger is not always better. Sometimes a perfectly executed, tiny morsel can pack a much bigger culinary punch than a plateful of mediocrity.  Similarly, sometimes the best restaurants are not grandiose chateaus but Lilliputian nooks with queues coiling out of the door – or waiting lists for a table that even Hollywood stars can’t push into (we’re looking at you, Fraiche).

We’ve put together a list of great restaurants with space for 20 or fewer lucky munchers at a time. They are presented here in order of size, starting with the smallest at just 14 seats.

  • Inside Fraiche, the tiny Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxton on The Wirral.
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    Restaurant - Modern British

    Merseyside’s fine-dining star, the tiny Fraiche restaurant is home to an artist behind the pass. Having been rated as a ‘rising star’ by the Michelin guide in 2006 and 2007, the restaurant finally secured the real thing in 2009 and Francophile Marc Wilkinson has since upheld it with ease.

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  • Levanter Restaurant Ramsbottom Figs Wine
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    Restaurant - Spanish

    Owned and run by Basque food importers Joe and Fiona Botham, Levanter is ‘a true tapas bar’ serving authentic Spanish dishes, wines and sherries.

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  • Baratxuri in Ramsbottom pays homage to the pintxos bars of the Basque region


    Restaurant - Spanish

    Basque enclave Baratxuri is the second Ramsbottom-based bar and restaurant from Joe and Fiona Botham.

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  • A dish served at Yuzu, a Confidential Guides' recommended Japanese restaurant in Manchester's China Town
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    Restaurant - Japanese

    Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt of sushi here, but something altogether more traditional, such as spanking fresh sashimi.

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