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.
5 Book Now Merseyside 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.
Book Now Greater Manchester Japanese
An oasis of calm in bustling Chinatown. 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.