A thrilling take on the neighbourhood restaurant format. Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford. They’re the homebred team behind Chorlton’s Elektrik bar, the Electrik Chair club night, and Electrik Elephant festival, as well as the Refuge by Volta at the Principal Hotel in Manchester city centre’s Principal Hotel. The DJ/restaurateurs are masters of putting creative energy behind a project and their second venture is a grown-up affair, offering luxurious steaks, and house aged negronis (and various other cocktails using the likes of lavender syrup, burnt orange peel and sanguinello) 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. An old school, NYC grill house vibe. The menu is mostly ‘small plates’ plus steak. By turn adventurous and comforting, these could include smoked feta, beetroot, hazelnuts and dill, 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 are of the grown up party food variety, and change seasonally. A thrilling new take on the neighbourhood restaurant format.
- Good for vegetarians
- Good for meat