Reviewed by Nia Lock
Frankie & Benny’s is an Italian/American diner style family restaurant. We visited the Parrs Wood, Didsbury branch on a Monday evening to try out their newly released menu. The restaurant itself has a cosy and comfortable feel to it with a mixture of tables and booths. It wasn’t noisy but we felt relaxed with our two small children making their usual squeaks and it was a nice temperature inside the restaurant on quite a warm and sticky day. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress who was just the right amount of attentive during our meal and spoke directly to our little girl which made her feel very pleased and grown up.
The new menu was varied and interesting, there were several vegetarian options for me and plenty of choice overall. I also noticed a gluten free menu. It took us several minutes to read through and choose as there were plenty of things we would’ve liked to eat. The drinks menu was extensive and included cocktails, mocktails and all sorts of temptations such as ice cream milkshakes and floats in unusual flavours like peanut butter.
We ordered a calzone and a burger as well as a kids fish finger meal, the children’s meals were particularly good value and there is even an option for baby food suitable for weaning age babies. The food arrived in good time and was at a temperature that meant it was ready to eat immediately and it was tasty and well presented. We all enjoyed our meal but the highlight had to be the Ice cream Candy Shop dessert that my daughter had which came with little bottles and jugs containing sweets and sauce for her to add to the ice cream herself. This was the perfect treat for a toddler who is obsessed with pouring things out of jugs and even came with a paper bag so that she could pour the remaining sweets in herself and take them home. There were so many sweets that she ate her fill and still had plenty leftover.
I would like to revisit Frankie and Benny’s again to try out the breakfast menu and also the lunch menu which looks like excellent value.
For more information, to view the new menu or to book a table visit
Frankie & Benny’s, Unit 5a, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG | 0161 4464140