The interior of Volta in Didsbury at night with tables set ready for drinks and dinner
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Volta

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Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford – the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik Chair club night, and Refuge by Volta in Manchester city centre’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel.

It’s a grown-up affair, offering luxurious steaks and house aged negronis in a space that blurs the lines between bar and restaurant. The emphasis is on fun and the interior includes reclaimed vintage details mixed in with a bare-brick, NYC grill house vibe.

The menu is mostly small plates, plus steak. By turns adventurous and comforting, these could include crispy baby squid with home-made aioli, kale tossed with crème fraiche and Cambodian pepper, or deep fried Monte Enebro goats cheese. Puddings such as the chocolate pot and the lime posset change seasonally.

Cowdrey and Crawford are masters of putting creative energy behind a project; Volta is a thrilling take on the neighbourhood restaurant format.

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