Yum yum yum. Love a good noodle bar and this one is the best.
On the window outside the restaurant is a quote from The Guardian; "Manchesters first noodle bar and still its best" or words to that effect. We totally agree!
Love this place! It's had a wee refurb too
The worst service I have ever had. Waited to get seated for 5 minutes while waitresses walked past us and ignored us. Then we got seated, lots of other people Got served 20 mins later we still hadn't got served so we left. Will never go back to tampopo.
I've been eating at Tampopo in Albert Sq since my return to Manchester in 2004 and can honestly say that I have always left more than satisfied. The tempura vegetables are amazing and the the mixed platter superb. I can also recommend the strips of rare beef on the most delicious aromatic tomato and spring onion salad. Have yet to try the soups but they do look amazing.
Not authentic Asian food
Don't go to Wagamamas, go here! The food is much fresher and tastier and the menu reflects all of SE Asia. Tampopos has a nice relaxed feel and unlike at Wagamamas you can order in courses so you can make more of an evening of it.
I love this place! The food is authentic in a way that most anglicised eastern restaurants don't match. Tasty, ultra quick, and top value for money. What more do you want?
What ever you do, don't mention Wagamama!
Whilst it may not seem obvious at first, Tampopo is subtly different to Wagamama. Despite the menu design style, the seating arrangements and the orders scrawled on placemats a-la-Wags, the similarities stop once the food arrives.
Wagamama is much more of a fast food Japanese noodle bar, whereas Tampopo is much more pan-asian focussed with noodle (and rice) dishes from Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and of course, Japan.
The food itself also has a more authentic feel to it. The use of coriander adds to the genuine taste of the noodles.
Prices also come just under the usual noodle bar levels and the service is of a good standard befitting such a restaurant.
Great food, good atmosphere and just the right place for an informal meal before going out.
pre- or post-cinema/theatre/shopping you can't beat this noodle bar for quality inexpensive food