Manchester Dining Articles

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Apotheca and Dough (2009)

Apotheca and Dough (2009)

As much of central Manchester becomes increasingly indistinguishable from any other city in the Western hemisphere, the Northern Quarter retains a hard-core flavour of Boho chic. Its red-brick buildings, most now lovingly preserved and restored, are now home to a plethora of bars...Read This Article

Gastropub Dining In Manchester (2009)

Gastropub Dining In Manchester (2009)

In the past few years Manchester has seen an explosion of places reinventing themselves as 'gastropubs', generally frequented by foodies understandably fed-up of being fleeced at more pretentious establishments. Fine dining has its place but when you want a comforting meal cooked...Read This Article

Zouk (2009)

Zouk (2009)

Manchester's love affair with Asian food continues unabated but the days when only cheap and cheerful curry houses sated the appetites of spice fans are long gone. Rusholme's Curry Mile still deservedly attracts those in search of basic and reliable bargain fare but in the more d...Read This Article

Manchester's Thriving Deli Scene (2009)

Manchester's Thriving Deli Scene (2009)

Manchester now boasts some of the best delicatessens in the UK. Some just concentrate on the retail side of things but many also offer the chance to unwind and relax with seriously fresh, impeccably sourced food. One of the longest-established deli-cafes in the city is south Manc...Read This Article

Michael Caines @ Abode Manchester (2009)

Michael Caines @ Abode Manchester (2009)

Michael Caines is not as famous as Gordon Ramsay -- yet. However watch this space because just like the multi-millionaire chef he is quietly building up an empire of restaurants -- and hotels. Michelin-starred Caines, Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, the acclaimed country house h...Read This Article

Credit Crunch Dinners In Manchester (2009)

Credit Crunch Dinners In Manchester (2009)

The global economy is in meltdown and it's seriously bad news for many restaurateurs. When pennies have to be pinched, dining out is one of the first things to be excluded from the family budget. Champagne sales are also plummeting, But canny eateries in Manchester are more than ...Read This Article

Ithaca (2008)

Ithaca (2008)

Ithaca, on John Dalton Street, is a curious name for a Japanese restaurant. More Kefalonia than karaoke really. But nevertheless the real deal it is and the place is already earning absolutely rave reviews for its food and opulent ambience. The brainchild of Manchester entrepren...Read This Article

The Food Chain (2008)

The Food Chain (2008)

Chain restaurants get a bad press sometimes but in reality more people use them than will ever patronise the land of celebrity chefdom and Michelin stars. At the bottom end of the scale are the KFCs and McDonalds outlets which have no real place in foodies' diaries. But there are...Read This Article

Grado (2008)

Grado (2008)

Anyone who's seen Tommi Miers on Channel 4's 'A Cook's Tour Of Spain' can't help but view Spanish food in a new and very different light. The former winner of Masterchef -- and now restaurateur - travelled around the country sampling her favourite cuisine along the way. And as sh...Read This Article

Japanese Food In Manchester (2008)

Japanese Food In Manchester (2008)

One of the best things about Japanese food is that it has not been Westernised in the same way as Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine. Such authenticity means that it still retains a culinary integrity which may be a little daunting at first. But it also means the food is usually...Read This Article

Vermillion (2008)

Vermillion (2008)

East Manchester is not yet renowned for its wealth of fancy restaurants. But all that could change with the advent of a new £5-million Thai eaterie near the Manchester City stadium. This area is all set for regeneration and apartment blocks are edging ever nearer to this pa...Read This Article

Eating Out North Of The Border (2008)

Eating Out North Of The Border (2008)

Long the foodie Cinderella, north Manchester and its more rural environs is now giving the south side more than a run for its money. In recent years, areas like Didsbury and Altrincham have become so affluent and proved so popular in the eating out department that rates have soar...Read This Article

City Inn (2007)

City Inn (2007)

Mancunians returning to their home city after even a short time away wouldn't recognise the part of town where the City Inn is these days fast caving a niche as a fantastic place to go for a meal. Until a year or so ago, this completely revamped area near Piccadilly Station was o...Read This Article

Where To Eat In Spinningfields (2007)

Where To Eat In Spinningfields (2007)

Architecturally speaking, the Spinningfields area was until recently a bit of a car crash -- 1960s projects like the Crown Court mixed with concrete horrors like the Education Offices and the old Manchester Evening News building. Now all those buildings have gone and the place ha...Read This Article

Restaurant Entertainment In Manchester (2007)

Restaurant Entertainment In Manchester (2007)

Today's sophisticated revellers just would not be happy with the kind of food served up in the 1970s along with Saturday Night Fever. Thankfully, chicken in a basket, half-cooked chips and burgers and other retro food nightmares are no longer a feature of the world of restaurant ...Read This Article

Pacifica Cantonese (2007)

Pacifica Cantonese (2007)

The Eccles cake, complete with flaky pastry and currants, has made this part of Manchester famed the world over. Now there's another reason to celebrate culinary excellence in this thriving part of the city -- several months ago, new restaurant Pacifica Cantonese opened its doors...Read This Article

Luso (2007)

Luso (2007)

If you’re bored with the usual combos of pizza, pasta and tapas then it’s worth a trip to the wilder shores of European cuisine. Portuguese eaterie Luso, on Bridge Street, occupies the spot where old-fashioned French bistro Le Bouchon used to be. Family owned and run ...Read This Article

Fine Dining In Manchester (2007)

Fine Dining In Manchester (2007)

It's about 10 years since Manchester's renaissance as a fine dining destination began. Back in the good old days when people liked Tony Blair and New Labour, movers and shakers like Paul Heathcote and Oliver Peyton moved into the city and opened eateries to really excite the pala...Read This Article

Chaophraya (2007)

Chaophraya (2007)

Chaophraya is the latest Thai restaurant to hit Manchester. Pronounced -Chow-pie-a’, it’s named after the main waterway that runs through Bangkok and the central region of Thailand, and its sister operation in Leeds is one of the best eateries in the city. This one, w...Read This Article

Foodie On A Budget (2007)

Foodie On A Budget (2007)

Dining out in Manchester is no longer an easy option if you're hard up and want to eat well. As the city's prosperity has grown, so has the consumer demand for swanky places where you can take someone to impress. The trouble, as many top chefs will tell you, is that many of these...Read This Article

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