Top floors, Urbis.
The Modern is a restaurant that serves seasonal and local British food. The bar on the 6th floor and the restaurant on the 5th floor of the Urbis building afford excellent views over the city centre. The food is pretty inventive, and includes some interesting dishes. Starters included 'soused' herrings (which was delicious) and a very tatsy terrine of pork and bacon. The best main course was the salt beef potato cake topped with a double yoke fried egg - which was very rich like corned beef hash. For dessert there was some great cheese and a lemon curd and vanilla syllabub, which was lovely.
The surroundings are impressive, and the service was very good. What makes it even better is the fact that three courses are £15 and two are £12 from the Taste of Manchester menu. It should also be noted that the wine was superb. This is definitely worth a lunchtime trip, especially as it allows you to escape from the chaos of the city centre at the weekend and - at this time of year - the Christmas markets.