Vermilion & Cinnabar in Manchester

22dfab24f02ae56a03d6f6d2c539599eThis week I went to the Vermilion & Cinnabar in Hulme, Manchester, for an early birthday meal. The meal was part of the Hi Life club and was in a private function room near the top of this very impressive, £4.5 million restaurant.

Before I go on, I must stress just how impressive the restaurant itself is. The building is a work of art and the décor inside is stunning (as you can see from the photos). The food was quite good too, if a little heavy on the rice (there seemed to be rice with every course).


Now, the problem with this event was the insistence on the evening being part of the ‘Hi Life’ deal, and the pretence that came along with that. Before the meal was served a French guy was wheeled out to explain his personal choices of wine to accompany the meal, and why each wine was selected. In typical French fashion he waffled on about how the crisp, full bodied flavour complimented the dish, and how the red was chosen to accompany the lamb.

We were suspicious when the waiter came round with the wine and he had his hand strategically placed over the label so you couldn’t see what it was. The waitress who came round minutes later wasn’t so careful. They were serving Blossom Hill.

cinnabar-upstairsRestaurant – £4.5 million
Wine – £2.99
Look on the ‘French’ man’s face when his wine choice was rumbled – priceless

Then the French guy came out again before the main course to explain his next choice of wine (and we clocked this time that he never mentioned the name of it, which you would expect a wine expert to do). The drunk woman opposite asked him in a broad Manc accent if all of the wines were from California.

He replied in the affirmative.

She then asked if they were all going to be Blossom Hill, looking very angry. The apologetic Frenchman stood his ground and confirmed that Blossom Hill was indeed his wine of choice for each course.

Why go to all that trouble building an incredible restaurant, only to serve the cheapest wine that Asda has to offer in a supposed high life members’ meal?

It was very funny though.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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4 thoughts on “Vermilion & Cinnabar in Manchester”

  1. Where can you get Blossom Hill for £2.99 – it’s 3 for £10 in Asda? … but then they have the Italian and South African ones as well.

    I like wine that’s made by Smirnoff & Guinness!

    Still sounds very funny to make the French guy serve it in such manner LOL

  2. I had to read your opening paragraph about three times! Hulme? I,ve lived in Hulme since 1982 and never seem to know whats going on. Hence my new forum “Best in Hulme”.
    I had no idea such a restaurant existed. Please tell where abouts is it?

  3. The restaurant is on Hulme Hall Lane, which is not in Hulme, it is nearer Collyhurst.

    Hence, auntie_biotic never noticed it in Hulme!

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