Where to Eat, Meet and be Merry
From Lancashire Hotpot in a good ol' English pub to Dim Sum in vibrant Chinatown or even a curry from the famous Curry Mile just south of the city centre, you'll never be short of ideas. From 'greasy spoon' to Michelin-rated chefs, Manchester has something to delight any palette.
Taurus, 1 Canal Street
Right in the heart of the Gay Village, this award-winning gay restaurant aims to provide high-quality food in a sophisticated, welcoming environment - and succeeds!
Velvet Restaurant, Canal Street
Thanks to its memorable design features, plus a combination of excellent food, eclectic music style and an intimate and welcoming service and ambience, Velvet quickly earned its reputation as one of the places to eat, drink and be seen.
Villagio, 44 Canal Street
Villaggio offers a modern extensive Italian menu where all the food is freshly prepared in house. It's an excellent value for money with a gay-friendly environment.
Harvey Nichols 2nd Floor Restaurant, 21 Cathedral Street
Not just a shopping stop-off, Second Floor has earned a fearsome reputation on the local dining scene thanks to both a great location – overlooking Exchange Square – stylish surroundings enhanced by the natural light which floods in and, of course, the fine food which has been awarded Cheshire Life Restaurant of the Year in 2007/2008.
Michael Caines at Abode, Abode Hotel, 107 Piccadilly
Often cited as amongst Manchester's finest restaurants, Michael Caines mixes a stylish backdrop with relaxed dining, as provided by the double Michelin star-winning chef Michael Caines (no relation to the actor, incidentally!)
Tropeiro, Brazil Street
Tropeiro is a meat lover’s paradise. With its style of dining, Rodizio, you will never leave Tropeiro hungry. The concept involves the Skewers of meat been bought to your table and carved straight on to your plate. It is not just the food that will bring you to a churrascaria, it's also the theatre. Walking down stairs and seeing the Garçon's (the meat carvers) moving between the tables.
Ning Restaurant, 92-94 Oldham Street
Combining oriental chic with Northern Quarter charm, Ning is a gorgeous independent southeast Asian restaurant on the edge of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter. Currently open in the evenings, there's a chilled-out feel, very friendly service and a simple, authentic à la carte choice.
With a focus on Malaysian and Thai specialties, the food is fresh, halal and MSG-free and more than half of the available dishes can be ordered as vegetarian or vegan.
Ramsoms, 18 Market Place
Ramsons is a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Ramsbottom. Priding themselves’ on offering the best local and Italian produce, Ramsons offer 300 individually sourced Italian wines to complement every meal in both the restaurant and the intimate Basement trattoria - The Hideaway.
Shere Khan, 50-52 Wilmslow Road
Shere Khan stands out as Rusholme's most famous curry house serving a diverse range of authentic Indian dishes. The portions are generous and the service commendable. Some of the tables look out onto the main road so you can people watch while eating.
Chaophraya, Chapel Walks
Chaophraya (pronounced Chow-pie-a) provides the finest Thai cuisine in a luxuriously modern setting.
ALTO Bar and Restaurant, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street
Alto is a fantastic bar-restaurant offering mouth watering light meals and snacks. Sit back and soak up the warm and friendly atmosphere in a stylish and fresh environment.
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