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Restaurant: Dom’s Tavola Calda – Deansgate, Manchester

Tagliere misto – a selection of Italian salami, vegetables and cheese

We enjoyed the magnificent views from our train journey across the Pennine’s on this bright Saturday morning, as we made our way to Manchester to visit Dom’s Tavola Calda – literally translated as ‘no menu.’ The Deansgate restaurant provides a classic and basic Italian and Mediterranean menu, but in the most authentic way with the offering changing on a daily basis to reflect the fresh, seasonal ingredients that they source from local markets.

Their approach is rustic, and with a head chef with over 40 years of experience, you are guaranteed quality in every dish. Our experience was faultless and our waiter, Lee, took amazing care of us throughout.

Sat in the window with the sun beaming through, it was the perfect excuse to have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in Jessica’s case, a recommendation based off it’s suitability with her choice of main course – the fish stew from the day’s specials menu. After visiting Veeno in Chester a couple of weeks back, we’re starting to appreciate food and wine pairings and are determined to come experts in it ourselves. But for now, we left it to Lee and it was certainly a good choice. 

I’m still slightly reluctant when it comes to wine, so a bottle of the Mediterranean Estrella Damn was good for me. 

The starter was splendid, and arguably the highlight of the whole meal. It left us almost full with our main courses still to come, but there was no way that we were leaving any food on our plates today. The Tagliere misto was fantastically presented, full of different meats, cheeses, peppers, vegetables and Italian bread. It still blows our mind that this is an Italian’s diet on a regular basis, and with our plans to travel and explore Italy next year, it is something we can definitely get used to. 

Even if you were passing by the area looking for a quick drink and bite to eat, we’d definitely recommend that you swerve towards this platter. With an option of sharing between two like we did, it’s a sumptuous way to fill more than a little hole.

Fish stew with cod, squid, mussels and prawns with a touch of chilli

It was seafood all round with these impressive mains, with Jessica’s specials main full of hearty goodness and a tender selection of everything from cod to mussels. My linguine was absolutely delightful, and I even managed to save my self from embarrassment and keep my hands clean from all of the mussels and prawns! The white wine sauce with hints of chilli and garlic gave it all the kick you could possibly need, and we rounded off proceedings with a Limoncello and Espresso to save ourselves from the inevitable food coma.

Linguine ai frutti di mare – linguine with seafood in white wine, garlic, chilli and tomatoes 

Overall we had nothing short of a tremendous time here at Dom’s, and we can’t wait to visit their sister restaurant, Al Bacio, also in the heart of Manchester. Here, the restaurant itself, calming atmosphere, amazing service and beautiful food gave us the perfect start to our weekend.

Thank you to all and especially our waiter Lee at Dom’s Tavola Calda!

Food: ★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

Toilets: ★★★

Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant for a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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36 Comments

  1. Sophie Hearts
    November 8, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    This food looks amazing! I'm wishing I lived anywhere near Manchester now!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • Food and Baker
      November 10, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Even more reason for you to visit Manchester in the future!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

    • Food and Baker
      November 15, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      It was seriously incredible! Glad you think so!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. The Lilac Linnet
    November 8, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, the food and decor here look amazing! I hope you enjoy exploring food and wine pairings as time goes on, keep us informed of your discoveries.

    • Food and Baker
      November 15, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      We for sure will be, we love this pairing tasting!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Sophie Wentworth
    November 8, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    The decor looks amazing here. I don't eat meat these days so it probably isn't for me but back then that salami platter would have looked like heaven Sophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Oh no that's such a shame! I would like to know if they could do a platter without meats!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. sophieannetaylor
    November 9, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I’d definitely go for the fish stew myself! It looks divine m, I’m drooling. The atmosphere and decor too looks lovely, would love to go!sophieannetaylor.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      The fish stew was so good and super filling! You'd love it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Corinne & Kirsty
    November 9, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    The food looks absolutely amazing! I have never been to Dom's Tavola Calda even though I live pretty close and always walk pass it! Next time for sure! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Omg you have to visit Dom's, you will not regret it, especially with it being so close to you!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Rita
    November 9, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Amazing photos! I got hungry. 🙂

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Claire
    November 9, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    The food looks SO yummy and the interior design looks incredible too! Definitely need to pop Dom's Tavola Calda on my places to visit xClaire | clairesyear.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      It was really quirky inside and such great food!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Tara Daniella
    November 9, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    That platter looks DIVINE! I definitely shouldn't have read this on an empty tummy, I'm starving now!Tara xhttp://taradaniella.com/

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      It tasted absolutely amazing! You should def get down and fill your tummy!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Olivia Alesha
    November 9, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I'm such a foodie so this looks heavenly to me! I'm loving the look of all of those meals, if I get the chance to go to Manchester again I will definitely be going here!-Olivia Xxhttp://oliviaxalesha.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Please do! Every foodie really needs to make a visit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Emma Langlands
    November 9, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    This looks delish, that pasta!! 😍

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      It was absolute heaven!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. hannah fowler
    November 9, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Wow this food looks so good! Making me hungry. The decor in the restaurant is so pretty too! x

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Everything that was served was perfection!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  12. Em
    November 9, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    I love manchester for food and that looks unreal! xx

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Could you recommend anywhere else in Manchester?Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  13. Lena Dee
    November 10, 2017 / 1:49 am

    OMG These seafood dishes look amazeballs! Can't wait to try when I visit 🙂 Great pics btw!

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Oh please do let us know if you do visit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  14. Kate Winthrop
    November 12, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    OMG you guys will have an amazing time in Italy and I absolutely cannot WAIT to see your travel content from there! In the meantime this looks like an excellent place to get your Italiano foodie fix! The starters sound massive and I too find it incredible that Italians LIVE off this (I think I must secretly be Italian because I looove carbs!). The wine sounds nice and Manchester is such an awesome city, it's the perfect place! Also, how instragrammable is that ceiling!? Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      We cannot WAIT either, we can't wait to live like the locals for a few weeks! Ugh, if this is how the Italians eat everyday, we are in heaven!!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  15. abbeylouisarose
    November 12, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Ooohhh you certainly wouldn't leave this place hungry! That seafood linguine looks absolutely divine, I'm not surprised that James couldn't resist it! Great to hear that the service from Lee was outstanding as well, good service always makes such a difference! The ambience of this place is really fab too, I'm a big fan of the rustic yet cool decor! I'd be intrigued to hear what you think of this place's sister restaurant – let's hope everything is just as tasty! Abbey 🎄 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Service always makes all the difference! We really hope we can visit the sister restaurant really soon! We can't wait!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  16. Lifethrough Tsg
    November 15, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Ooh this place looks incredible, I love the decor! Your posts always make me so hungry!Love Hayley XLifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      The decor was the cherry on top! Such a great afternoon filled with good food!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  17. cocinando es mas facil con chef cristian
    November 17, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Wow this look yummy ..I pass Dom's every day ..need to stop for that fish stew

    • Food and Baker
      November 17, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Oh yes please do stop and visit, you won't regret that fish stew!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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