We’ve done the hard work for you… here is a list of your next 10 times eating out in Manchester. Our team have all gave their input and listed their favourite food spots in and around the city.
I was first introduced to Fuel because my band had played a few gigs there. They served us a platter as that’s what they tend to do for bands playing at the venue and it was, if I do indeed say so myself, absolutely magnificent; fresh and filling.
The cafe is a vegetarian cafe, so people with a certain disposition for meaty taste buds might want to look away now or stop reading or whatever. I’m not actually a vegetarian myself (YET!! I have tried and failed numerous times…my time will come one day) but I am in fact a greedy guts and someone who quite enjoys tasting new things (believe it or not being brought up in New Moston , Hummus and Falafel aren’t foods you’d consider a massive part of your diet growing up, I’m sure I only found out about what on earth hummus actually was, when I was 16) so anythings will suffice and thus the platter itself, known as the “Veggie Mezze” consisted of a large plateful of Halloumi Skewers,Salad,Feta,Olives,Wedgies ,Pittas and Dips a plenty (The Dips that I can remember were Hummus, Horseradish and Salad cream) either way this was a bountiful banquet from the food gods. I savored every ounce of it and came back the next day for some more food!
On this day I had the Falafel, Olive and Hummus wrap, the taste of the olives massively compensating the texture of the falafel, all cooked and served to perfection, and tasting amazing I washed it down with a nice strawberry Timmermans fruit beer (the apex of Lager and possibly human existence…barring its price) what you also have to bare in mind is that what I have actually had from the menu can surely only be the tip of the iceberg.
Other things on the menu that densely caught my eye were: the Chili Burrito the Quesadilla (Spicy beans,cheese and fresh tomato in a folded toasted wrap with sour cream) and the Falafel, Sun Dried Tomato and Pumpkin Seed salad Another Appealing factor which I would also say was one of the reasons I liked the place so much was its atmosphere, when I’m out eating or something I hate going to places that are hectic and relentless, it’s uncomfortable and you can’t enjoy your experience nor can you enjoy your food, with fuel it’s so relaxed and serene inside that I could happily sit there all day watching the world float along outside, eating some god damn marvelous food.
This is all I could ask for from a place a bit of clarity and calm whilst I eat and I’d gladly swap the “glamour” San Carlo or Rosso in favor of Fuel any day, for many reasons,but that reason in particular.
So yes I’d say that Fuel is my favorite place to eat in Manchester and I’d recommend you all go there, even if you don’t really enjoy vegetarian food I can’t see why you wouldn’t enjoyit’s breezy atmosphere!!!
Dimitris, Deansgate by Elli Metcalfe
My ultimate daydream is to be sat in a little Greek Taverna on the island of Santorini, eating plates of tapas, watching the waves tumble in, whilst listening to a mandolin being softly played in the background.
Unfortunately… when faced with fulfilling this daydream on the rainy streets of Manchester, the challenge is a tough one! That was until I discovered ‘Dimitri’s’ a beautiful Greek Taverna and Bar located at the Campfield Arcade, Deansgate. A family run place, established for 24 years (and with good reason!) it has a friendly atmosphere, traditional decor, attentive staff, live music and comes complete with a heated courtyard at the rear, all of which contributes to why I choose Dimitri’s as my favourite eatery in Manchester.
But, of course, the main attraction is their tasty menu! Traditional meze and mains, including homemade hummus, mouth-watering Moussaka accompanied by fresh succulent salads. The hardest part is limiting what you order so your belly doesn’t explode!
Bem Brazil, Deansgate / NQ by Danny Moore
My fave place to eat has to be Bem Brazil which has restaurants in both Deansgate and Northern Quarter. A restaurant that brings mass amount of different meats to your table, non-stop. What could be better?
The meat is barbequed to perfection and always really good cuts. Wouldn’t recommend it as a meal before going out as you kind of want to take a nap when leaving because you’re so full. A definite case of food coma!
It’s also the perfect spot if you have vegetarian mates as the veg menu is loaded with traditional Brazilian style dishes so its one to please a full group.
Already thinking about my next visit now…
Cachumba, West Didsbury by Lauren Hira
My favourite place to eat is Cachumba in West Didsbury – a beautifully designed intimate and simple restaurant with authentic Eastern furniture and décor all gently lit by candles and decorative lighting.
The food is a fusion of dishes from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and is served in small tapas style dishes perfect for sharing. (Except for my son Harry who will not share his Red Cocoanut chicken with anyone!) All fresh, home-cooked, authentic and delicately spiced dishes, the flavours are a unique combination and keep us coming back time and time again.
Our favourite thing to order is the Rice Table – a selection dishes such as Keema, Sri Lankan Prawns, Gujurati Veg and Mung Bean Daal, served with Koubz bread and rice. It would be an outrageous injustice not to wash it down with a fine glass of House Red or Cobra beer! (Harry excepted!)
The Parlour, Chorlton – Rachael McGuiness
I absolutely love The Parlour in Chorlton for a Sunday Roast – the best in the North West (yes, sorry mum). I especially enjoy eating here if it’s raining outside… with its 1940’s cosy interior and friendly staff, you really don’t want to leave.
Like a warm hug, their generous dinners are also full of surprises…delve underneath the mountains of meat and there’s always an array of seasonal vegetable delights. A little dollop of sweet potato mash here, red cabbage marmalade there, crunchy green beans, carrots, braised cabbage plus roast and mashed potatoes!Wash this down with a nice big glass of red or local ale…it’s one of our favourite ways to spend a Sunday. It’s also a special place to us.
We came here to celebrate our engagement and now we come back with our lively toddler in tow. And the best thing is, every roast comes with a gigantic Yorkshire Pudding! And I mean gigantic. And of course, homemade. Heaven on a plate.
Fuel Bar, Withington by Dan Walsh
Fuel is a small, unassuming and unpretentious vegetarian café/bar/restaurant/venue in Withington, South Manchester. After the closure of Solomon Grundy’s and Indigo last year; it is now the only place of it’s type in the area.
The food is cheap and healthy in very generous portions, with options to share large platters or just snacks.The beer, wine and soft drinks are all less mainstream brands and are much better for it.
It’s a nice place to eat in a relaxed atmosphere with original art on the walls and local acts playing live music and performing in the venue area upstairs.”
Turtle Bay, Manchester by Kirsty Harper
My favourite place to eat at the moment has to be Turtle Bay, when I say favourite I mean I have eaten there at least 5 times in the last 6 weeks! I have now got my partner Paul hooked which doesn’t help with my addiction. I think it has a lot to do with the lively atmosphere they have created so well.
The staff are super friendly and can’t do enough for you, even when the place is packed out. If you are a lover of spicy food you will love it here, the menu is not massive but I like that it’s not overwhelming with choices. I have never been disappointed by anything I have ordered and I am now making it my mission to try everything on the menu, but my favourite dish is the One Pot, our curry goat yum yum. Last but most certainly not least the cocktails are all 2 for price of 1 everyday between 11:30am and 7pm, you most definitely get your money’s worth.
Almost Famous, NQ by Sophie Hukin
Almost Famous is my favourite place to eat in Manchester as they have in my opinion, the best burgers in town.
As there are two Almost Famous’ in Manchester it shows that it is a very popular option for food. This is probably because the food is to die for and the cocktails are amazing and it is reasonably priced as a burger is around 8/9 pounds with sides being around 4 and cocktails being around 7. It would be wise to share the sides as the burgers are enormous!
My favourite Almost Famous to go to is the Northern Quarter as it is quite small and chilled out which is fab when you just want a quick bite to eat, more like a café style to the other one in the Great Northern which is massive and has a lively atmosphere.
I normally like to play it safe and get the ‘Famous Burger’ which contains a double cheeseburger, lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes, and famous sauce with a side of Bacon Bacon fries which are normal potato chips mixed with sweet potato ones covered in baconaise and bacon rain. (See image attached). You also cannot miss out on the cocktails. ‘Bitch Juice’ is my favourite.
Almost Famous is up there with one of my favourite places to eat and I recommend everyone to try it at least once. If you are a vegetarian then maybe this is not the best option for you as all burgers contain meat.
TGI Friday’s, Manchester Exchange Square by Kerry Parker
TGI’s is one of my favourite places to eat because of a number of reasons. I love that it’s situated in the middle of the town centre and it’s a tram ride away from my house!
When you walk in, you immediately see the huge rectangle bar with bartenders creating and mixing drinks. The mood lighting is that it’s dark – but not dark enough so you can’t see your food! It gives you a feeling of privacy – which is great if you’re on a date!
The staff are always friendly and ready to jump in and help if you want anything.
There is so much to choose from food and drinks wise! The food menu alone is about 6 pages long! And they show plenty of pictures so you can see exactly what you’re getting! I go for the steak or ribs! Both you get with two sides and a sauce (I always choose Jack Daniels sauce as it’s so nice!)
You can order a bottomless soft drink for like £3 or order a cocktail from their extensive menu. And from the cocktails you can get a personal or one to share – I could drink one of their sharing ones easily by myself.
The food is always delicious and I walk away a lot heavier than going in! That is the reason why it’s my favourite places.
Barburrito, Deansgate by Lewis Marsh
I have a few reasons as to why Barburrito is one of my favourite places to eat; this being that I LOVE burritos!
The food quality and taste is great and you are supplied with so many varieties/choices of what you can create, the taste combos are endless!
This is a place I will never get bored of as it always manages to satisfy my taste buds needs!
It is surprisingly tidy to eat, you are able to sit and eat or even chow down on the go without a worry of any unfortunate spilling/ripping accidents!
Along with the great food I have always received good customer service from the employees (I am very fussy when it comes to what I want on my burrito and they keep their cool and don’t get impatient). This is a good thing!
Umezushi, Salford by Tom Clarke
When asked for asked to submit my one Manchester (or Salford) food recommendation for the SharpFutures blog my immediate reaction was to go for the amazing Caribbean Flavas, located adjacent to Salford Central on Chapel Street. However, I’ve been recommending Caribbean Flavas to a few people recently so thought I’d pick something close by but maybe a little bit more obscure – Umezushi.
Umezushi is not a place you’d chance across easily – to say it’s hidden would be more than accurate. You get there by going under bridges, around corners and into a back street where the restaurant sits almost lonely amongst the debris of city centre living, occupying a couple of arches underneath railway tracks heading out from Victoria Station.
But the challenge in finding it makes the sushi and drinks on offer even more satisfying. The place is small – maybe 20 covers maximum but the menu is varied and as an independent, free for the tired Yo! conventions that the rest of the cities’ sushi restaurants offer. The atmosphere reflects the care that you get in such an intimate space. Last time I was in I tried the platter pictured above. Everything super fresh, beautifully presented and easily the best sushi I’ve ever eaten in Britain, at least. Atmosphere lunchtime Saturday was relaxed – the temptation to stay and get into some of the (expensive) tasting menus is big. Sake too.
I’ll maybe do that on the next visit..
Home Sweet Home, NQ by Rachael Rothwell
Home sweet Home is an intimate hideaway located behind Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter. I unintentionally discovered this homely spot trying to find some quiet during a N.Q street party. It was the perfect space to evade the crowds and I have been returning there ever since.
The staff are welcoming and attentive, which gives the venue a really friendly atmosphere. The furniture is a jumble of stools, chairs and tables of assorted sizes that add to its character and charm. Perfect if you are looking for a snug corner for some privacy. This same charm features throughout the decor and gives the feel that you’re sat in 1950s American kitchen. The atmosphere is relaxed making it the perfect place to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for awhile, while bingeing on sugar and homely treats.
Over the years the menu has changed slightly, their current menu now covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The first dish I sampled was there freshly baked cookies, which were served hot from the oven. It’s the small touches such as baking cookies to order, which make the venue stand out. I would describe the food as American style comfort food, prepared with high quality ingredients. One of my favourite things to do is to stop there with friends for a milkshake and a late night dessert from the cake cabinet. This often makes me feel that my eyes are bigger than my belly as it can often be hard to pick just one, but that full feeling is always worth it. Definitely a hidden gem if you have a sweet tooth.
Rump n’ Ribs, Oxford Street by Shu-Ling Li
The first time I came across Rump n’ Ribs was on my regular bus journey home from work. Sat on the top of a double-decker we would trundle down Portland Street, meandering between tipsy clusters of nine-to-fiver’s; roguishly determined to make it to last orders, impatient black cabs blocking up parking bays and lairy students trying to re-live their fresher’s week.
The journey would always take me past a glowing horned-bull Rump n’ Ribs sign; guarding it’s rustic themed steakhouse amongst a busy metropolis. Through the windows I’d often see this modest sized restaurant bustling with hives of friends and couples enjoying their meals whilst sipping mocktails.
Being one of the few Halal restaurants of it’s type, Rump n’ Ribs was a great choice to invite my Muslim friends along for a birthday meal.
As soon as we’d stepped though the door, the restaurant’s manager Asif was there to welcome us in, a charismatic host that took the time to get to know us, keeping my friends and I amused as we waited for our table. Asif himself took our orders and
ensured our individual preferences were accommodated.
For a starter I chose to share the combo platter; a mixture of prawns, beef ribs, chicken wings and goats cheese on toast with red onion chutney; which I couldn’t fault! The wings and ribs were extremely well marinated with a lasting rich, smokey taste that complimented how tender the meat was.
What really outshone all the mains however was the restaurant’s gravy! The texture was perfect with an intensity of flavour that you could tell had been lovingly stewed for hours from the jus of all the buffalo ribs.
What strikes me most about Rump n Ribs is the quality of service from Asif and his team. When our mains arrived he even gave us extra side orders as an on the house Birthday treat. The second time we visited; which was more than 3 months apart, Asif even remembered that my friend preferred his side salad without tomatoes.
The quality of food and attentive service is what has kept my friends and I returning over the past year however if you’re looking to finish off your evening with a hearty serving of dessert, be warned, as Rump n Ribs portion sizes are so generous my friends and I have still never made it to the dessert menu!