“Doing lots of little things right” is a definition of perfection. And Oystercatcher – a simple seafood restaurant in Chorlton – is just that.
The kitchen’s Essa grill is masterfully handled by co-owner (and former Lead Station chef) Recep Canliisik, who churns out dishes such as char-grilled whole squid and sea bream, and Thai-spiced monkfish tail.
But the starters, desserts and wines at Oystercatcher are worth every penny too. Tenderstem broccoli leaves it’s Meal Deal affiliations behind, with dollops of just-blended romesco. While perfect puds could include raspberry brûlée or nutty espresso affogato with hazelnut liqueur.
Quiet sophistication and affordability typify the drinks menu; think negronis, British sparkling wines and Portuguese whites.
Regular visitors to this part of town will note that little about the interior has changed from its days as Gray’s Larder restaurant. The brown leather-effect booths and low-slung lighting looked good then and still do now. Undeniably casual, this is the kind of place you could easily visit twice a week – and many do.
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- Good for seafood
- Great outdoor spot
- Great wine