Having won the Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015 Award, Raoshi Restaurant was definitely on my list of places to visit in Manchester. So off I went with the boyfriend last week. The Lebanese and Mediterranean food restaurant is located in a quiet area between Manchester and Sale, just off Sale Road.
The ambience is excellent; low lights, smart decor, and soothing quiet music in the background made it a pleasure to be chatting away while dining. The service is of a high standard; it was great to be told each dish’s name once it was on the table and being given suggestions about how to eat the food.
Finally acquainted with the British rule of ordering drinks before anything else, I went for a glass of French wine first, eyeing up the Lebanese wines selection for later. My second drink choice was a glass of Chateau Musar, a Lebanese white wine. It was spectacular; fruity but not too sweet.
We selected a mix of mezze from the menu so that we could have a taste of each category (cold, warm, and salads). And we picked falafels, hummus, fattoush, and cheese arayes.
We LOVED the falafels
Raoshi’s falafels were probably the best ones I’ve ever had in my entire life. They were not too spiced, garnished with sesame seeds, and served with tahini sauce on the side. They were lush. The hummus, which was served with warm pitta bread, was smooth, silky, and delicate, and it was topped with the right amount of paprika.
Venturing into unknown territory with the fattoush and cheese arayes was definitely a great decision. Fattoush is a salad made of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mint, spring onion, radish, and toasted bread with olive oil. The dressing was incredible, and the toasted bread added extra crunchiness to the dish. The cheese arayes, which are triangles of grilled Lebanese bread filled with Halloumi, were delicious. The Halloumi’s mint made the arayes’ taste very interesting.
Finally, we ordered moussaka with rice as a main. Although I prefer this dish with aubergines cut into smaller pieces, I did enjoy the rich flavour of Raoshi’s moussaka. The tomato sauce was flavoursome and the taste traditional.
We had an excellent time at Raoshi and thought the food was scrumptious. I would definitely recommend the restaurant for a romantic meal for two.
For a review of another great Mediterranean restaurant near Manchester, read about Ayham’s here.
Yew Tree Lane (Off sale road)
Tel: 01619 988 877