Modern wine bar and bistro, WOOD. (formerly Fyg) on Manchester city centre’s trendy Tib Street exudes a warm and welcoming charm. It’s a lovely place to spend an evening, either sharing food with friends and family or sipping wine on a romantic date. This bistro lives and breathes its name; wooden floors, wooden tables and chairs, wooden door frames, wooden shelving on the walls, a wooden sideboard and rustic log bar and even bar stools carved from tree trunks. I felt as though I was dining in a chalet in a forest or tucking away up a snowy mountain.
My dining companion (my lovely mother, and go-to person to drag along to yet another restaurant, not that she takes much persuading) and I decided to share a meat and cheese platter, as well as a selection of WOOD’s tapas style plates and not forgetting a bottle of red. Everything on the menu sounded so divine, so with a difficult choice ahead, we started off with a dish of firm and flavourful olives, served at room temperature, and two glasses of Merlot: always our wine of choice. Smooth red in hand, we were in no rush.
We decided to have a couple of tapas plates first, so that we could eat them warm and then sit back and relax with our cheese board afterwards. The monkfish was probably my favourite dish of the evening. The silky white fish was just cooked through and perfectly and moist. Its delicate flavour paired wonderfully with the fresh and lively mango, lime and coriander salsa.
For our second tapas, we chose the ‘leek cigars’: warm buttery braised leeks wrapped in flavourful Serrano ham and served with lightly seasoned creamed petit pois.
The ‘mixed board to share’ (£24.00) allows you to choose any four cheese and meats from their menu and specials board, served with a selection of breads, crackers, pickles, chutneys and a simple mixed leaf salad. We tried to tick all the boxes in terms of type and country of origin. Out board consisted of delicate Italian prosciutto di Parma, punchy Spanish Serrano gran reserva, a vibrant chorizo bellota, and one of the day’s meat specials: a rich and gamey venison salami. For the cheeses, we chose a melty Brie de Meaux, a creamy and mousse-like Delice de Bourgogne, a pungent Blacksticks Blue and finally a soft ewe’s milk cheese from the list of specials. Today, these came with a peppy tomato chutney and a new chutney that the chef was trying out, made of apples and gin, which got two thumbs up from me.
The restaurant gathered momentum as the evening drew on a by around 8:30pm it was alive with a hum of conversation and the clinking of glasses. If you have had a hard week at work, or simply need a break from the day to day routine, head to WOOD and leave your cares at the door.
NB: I always research a restaurant before going there and WOOD’s site needs updating. The menu displayed is an old version—the popular ‘Taste of Spain’ and ‘Perfect Combination’ boards are no longer available, and the tapas plates have also changed.
website needs updating – old menu
WOOD. Wine & Deli
44 Tib Street
T: 0161 478 7100