Manchester’s had a place in my heart since spending my entire University period in this wonderful City, which goes back all the way from 2008.
Aside from the culture, historical buildings, shopping, fabulous libraries and even hidden parks which are beautiful in the Summer, there’s of course plenty of places to both eat and drink!
So here’s my top 15 restaurants from over the past few years to present day, which just seem to stick in my head as recommended places to go.
1. Blogging my most recent restaurant in Manchester as from 2017, I have to share with you AUSTRALASIA.
Serving modern Australian food including Indonesian & Japanese influences, Australasia offers the best sushi in a subterranean venue.
A very stylish set up promoted through their artistically plated dishes and modern decor; I found this the perfect opportunity to sample my ‘Japanese cuisine dreams’.
From Duck Californian roles, to pork wontons, duck breast, pork belly in a pineapple curry sauce with coconut rice and an old fashioned cocktail on the side – both the service and the food did not fail to deliver.
And a lime cheesecake and a chocolate dome to end a Tuesday night – delicious!
2. My personal favourite for a steak and fancy dim-lit evening meal has got to be the Brazilian Steakhouse – Gauchos – Also known for providing “The true taste of Argentina.”
If you’re a meat lover then this is the place for you, especially as “Carnivore’s Feast” is an option on the menu! Great steak at an authentic Brazilian cuisine with the white and black animal print decor – glass of red clearly goes down nicely with red meats.
3. Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode – NEEDS A MENTION! With exciting and innovative European cuisine, this place was a truly special experience. Each course seemed to get tastier and tastier, which was accompanied by fine wine and a generous cheese board to finish 😉
A very relaxed, sophisticated dining experience; the all-day menu featured plats du jour with a comfortingly, nostalgic nod and time-honoured classics. Great portion sizes and a very luxurious setting, although very pricey menu.
4. Only last year in Salford I tried out Damson Restaurant one fabulous Valentine’s weekend. This consisted of gaute dining in an elegant, contemporary restaurant with river views through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Highly recommend this restaurant for date night; I sampled a tremendous Seafood Risotto to start with and what added to the experience was a Harp player in the background.
I have to agree with the Good Food Guide when they stated “Unfailingly delicious food.”
5. Not to mention the endless Thai cuisine restaurants. I.e. Chaophraya which has the traditional Thai Decor. But for the Thai food itself I have to suggest going to Try Thai which is located in the City Centre – even the drinks are special! Check out the Green tea with jasmine and lily flower;
6. One more Thai place from when I was a student in Fallowfield – Thai Banana…
Good old Pad Se Ew! Although not the nicest of venues to eat at, the food never let me down.
If in the area, make sure to try out Fuzion next door to Thai Banana which is a great noodlebar serving a fusion menu based on Asian street food.
7. Manchester Hilton Cloud 23 has got to be the best viewpoint for eating in this city that never sleeps.
Perfect place for either afternoon tea on a sunny day or a fancy meal in the evening.
8. Now a trip down memory lane all the way back to my 21st in Didsbury a few years ago – Gusto’s;
As an Italian lover, this restaurant chain always delivers, particularly in the Pasta section which was agreed between the above lovely ladies.
9. Oast House in Spinningfields is another great area in Manchester – a very rustic-style pub offering international food and lots of beer!
There is usually live music being played which you can enjoy either inside or outside under their tepee tents with wooden benches.
10. The Northern Quarter is an area that needs to be suggested; the more “quirky” place to go, i.e. the lovely Richmond Tea Rooms.
Serving afternoon tea, great cakes and cocktails!
11. And a great end to another luxurious Valentine’s Day was spent at The Manchester House – fabulous espresso martinis and we even saw Duncan Bannatyne in the lift!
And in terms of the food, Tripadvisor says it all – http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187069-d4946998-Reviews-Manchester_House-Manchester_Greater_Manchester_England.html
12. For Chinese food lovers – go to Red Chilli…get excited…and put the lid to the duck pancakes on your head…
Notorious for being specialists in the finest Beijing and Sichuan dishes – a slogan I have to agree with!
13. San Carlo – A great place to celebrate graduation day with the fam 🙂 A variety of authentic Italian food served in modern furnishing and the cast of Hollyoaks were on the table next to us.
14. Home Sweet Home – PLEASE GO HERE!! The best menu ever for brunch & a 5 dollar shake 👌
15. R’Vev – Northern Quarter.
Back to present day in 2017, I’ve recently visited R’Vev in the Northern Quarter with my work friends one evening mid-week, a little drive away from Northwich.
As my friends were Vegan, we thought we’d try out this recently opened Vegan burger restaurant. And as a meat-eater, I was surprised how tasty the vegan and gluten-free burger with gluten-free mac&cheese was!
I can’t wait to try out many more from Manchester, especially the Almost Famous restaurants… 🍽🍷💃