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January 2018

Below you'll find all the news of what happened in Manchester restaurants in January 2018.


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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Cottonopolis Restaurant Manchester
Can You Keep A Secret?

Back in October, Cottonopolis invited you to follow the fire and embark on a journey that would take you to a secret location, to indulge in an eight-course dining experience, the details of which were kept a secret until the night. 

Following the success of that Secret Supper, they have announced three further events in February, April and June 2018, starting on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th February. Each event will deliver a completely unique and innovative concept, with their own immersive theme and imaginative menu.  [more info]

The Shawarmas Go On

Located just around the corner from the Dancehouse, Sound Control, Palace Theatre, Gorilla, Ritz, RNCM, and Bridgewater Hall, with the Academy, Albert Hall and Opera House, all within walking distance, Zouk Tea Bar & Grill is the ideal pre-theatre venue.

So, if you're going to show, you should take advantage of their fabulous new pre-theatre offer which serves up classic Indian dishes alongside their signature dishes, with 2 courses for just £15.95 or 3 courses for £19.95.  [more info]

Tuesday 30th January 2018
Scene Manchester

The Place To Be Scene in February

Scene Indian Street Kitchen, currently riding high in our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, are offering Restaurants Of Manchester readers 20% Off food in February.

The specially selected evening menu at the Spinningfields restaurant contains all their most popular dishes, inspired by the street food vendors of India, Pakistan and Southern Asia.  [more info]

Monday 29th January 2018
er Restaurant

Bubbles Flowing

The Lowry Hotel's River Restaurant will be hosting a Perrier-Jouët Champagne Dinner in their intimate Private Dining Room on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Limited to just 22 people, we can't think of a better way than spending the evening sampling wines matched to each course with wine experts providing the history of the Perrier-Jouët vineyards.  [more info]

Korean Expansion
Ban Di Bul, the Korean barbeque restaurant on St.Peter's Square, will be opening Annyeong, a two floor Korean restaurant, bar and private karaoke room, in the former Grinch Wine Bar unit, on Chapel Walks, 10th February 2018.

Friday 26th January 2018
Sofra So Good
The Didsbury restaurant drive is continuing, with the launch of Sofra, a modern Mediterreanan restaurant which held its Soft Launch on January 23rd, to a packed house of customers.

Thursday 25th January 2018
Adam Reid At The French

Michelin Star Chef at The French

Following the success of 2017's chef collaborations, Adam Reid at The French will be hosting a further series of special evenings throughout  2018, kicking off next Wednesday, the 31st January, with former Michelin star holder and Great British Menu contestant Tim Allen. 

The former Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire, had previously served as chef-patron at D&D London’s Launceston Place in Kensington, which was awarded four AA rosettes and a Michelin star during his tenure.  [more info]

Pen & Pencil
Pug Paw-ty

For one day only, Pug Cafe & The Pen and Pencil have teamed up to invite the pugs and pug crosses of Manchester (and their humans) to celebrate Chinese New Year at their Pug Paw-ty to help celebrate the Year of the Dog.

The pug was the prized pet of the Emperors of China and lived a lap of luxury; they were even given the same status as their wives - spoilt and treated just like royalty!

Guests at this strictly booking-only event, on 4th March 2018, can look forward to a beautiful Chinese-themed New Year venue, Chinese-inspired doggy treats, and plenty of chances for their pug to party with their new friends.  [more info]

More Burgers!?!  Honestly!?!
London chain Honest Burgers, have not been put off by the massive number of burger bars (and burger bar closures) in Manchester, announcing plans to take the Garage Bar unit at the stunning Manchester Hall after Pintura, the Leeds Basque-inspired pinchos bar, pulled out.

El Gat2 Negro

Whilst we won't be getting pinchos in Manchester, we are possibly set to get more Spanish cuisine, as Michelin Bib Gourmand tapas purveyor, El Gato Negro, are rumoured to be the latest name with plans to open a branch in Ancoats. Although by the time you read this, the rest of the city has probably followed suit.

Taking the empty unit next to Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza, which for years was earmarked for the illusive Wild Goose Fat & Garlic restaurant, they are looking at a more casual affair than their King Street offering and have previously mentioned a Pico Pico concept, blending Spanish, Persian, North African and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Wednesday 24th January 2018
Manchester House Restaurant Manchester Manchester House Restaurant Manchester

Tofan's Ventures

When Manchester House announced that Senior Sous Chef Nathanial Tofan was to replace Aiden Byrne as Head Chef in September 2017, expectations were high of the 28 year old who was instrumental in the conception of both Australasia, and Manchester House itself; having spent six months in the development kitchen, forging and fine tuning dishes ahead of the venture’s launch back in 2013.

“We are delighted to confirm Nat’s appointment as Head Chef at Manchester House. Developing people is what Living Ventures is all about and Nat has earned his stripes”, said Living Ventures CEO Jeremy Roberts, at the time.

Today, Restaurants Of Manchester were lucky enough to sample some of the Nottingham-born chef's brand new 2018 Tasting Menu and, based on our experience, his dishes are right up there with anything else available in the region.

Everything was brilliantly executed, from the Sourdough with Beurre Noisette and crispy chicken skin to the Millionnaire’s Sandwich - a dish, which in terms of presentation, took us back to the Manchester Tart dessert on the original Manchester House Tasting Menu, way back in 2013 and offered a savoury interpretation, with the classical and luxurious flavours of fois gras, truffle and Sauternes jelly, with added texture from pistachios. 

A snack dish of raw beef followed, delivering a smoky BBQ-like hit from the coal oil coating, with a good richness delivered by egg yolk, all carried in a mini crispy taco shell.  Pure flavour and, texture wise, this was our favourite dish.   

A Turbot, White Soy & Verjus looked full of finesse on the plate, and demonstrated more solid cooking and precise flavour balancing, whilst the conclusion of Sea Buckthorn, Yoghurt & Lemon, looked fantastic, displaying minimalistic confidence in its plating.  Flavour wise, the citrus hinted tart was balanced well with a slightly tart rocher of yoghurt, sat atop semi-sweet crumble which also added some texture to the plate.  A great way to end any meal.

We will without question be back to sample the full 12 course version of the Tasting Menu, which is still priced at £95. A cheaper 8 Course option is available at £75, whilst you can see Manchester House evolve further under Nat’s direction with a 2 course lunch priced at just £24.50. [more info]

Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Glamorous Chinese Restaurant

Dogs & Dragons

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar, this year starting on Friday 16th February. To celebrate The Year Of The Dog, the massive Glamorous Chinese Restaurant restaurant on Oldham Road are serving up a specially created New Year's banquet with live music and additional entertainment provided by a lion dance and a martial arts demonstration on Saturday 24th February.  [more info]

Year Of The Dog Fish

Chinese New Year in Manchester is a huge occassion and the celebrations kick off on the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February, with the streets around St Ann's Square, Market Street and Albert Square transformed with even more vibrancy, colour and Far Eastern charm than usual.   

Meanwhile, around the corner on Bridge Street, upmarket seafood restaurant, Randall & Aubin will be welcoming in the Year of the Dog with a special luxurious Oriental influenced menu; Shanghai-style oysters, Crispy Duck Salad and Ed Baines perfect Singapore Chilli.  [more info]

New Manchester Restaurant Offers
We've added new and extended offers to the site today, including...
2 Courses for £24.50 at Manchester House
Complimentary dessert at Steak & Lobster
2 Courses for £16.95 and Wine for £9.95 at Rosso

Friday 19th January 2018
Mughli Manchester
Mughli Gets Horny

Rusholme Curry Mile favourite, Mughli have joined forces with Eccles craft brewery First Chop to launch an exclusive gluten free and vegan light ale called ‘Horn OK Please’.

The collaboration between Richard Garner, founder at First Chop Brewing, with Haz Arshad of Mughli restaurants, alongside the renowned Mancunian artist, Stanley Chow, delivers a craftily hopped, straw-coloured ale with a noticeable aroma of citrus and honey, making it the perfect accompaniment to Mughli’s bold ‘Indian Soul Food’ dishes. 

Adiós La Cantina

La Cantina in Didsbury have announced on Facebook their immediate closure, giving no explanation but adding "when one door closes another opens... so watch this space for an exciting collaboration coming soon". Their original branch in Heaton Moor remains open as usual.

The Pollination of Ancoats

Local artisan sourdough bakery, Pollen, have announced plans to leave their backstreet home at Piccadilly arches, and join the crowds of eateries currently relocating to Ancoats

Thursday 18th January 2018

TNQ Restaurant & Bar
Spread The Love This Valentine's Day

TNQ is spreading the love this Valentine’s by giving all proceeds on the evening to Action Against Hunger, meaning that you can treat a loved one to a specially created three course meal with a glass of Perrier Jouet, and help those in need in the process. [more info]

Tast-y Happenings on King Street

The seemingly cursed unit on King Street, which briefly housed upmarket restaurant Quill, and then the even more short lived Suri, has been acquired by the team behind Fazenda (who were part owners of Suri).  Tast, a Catalan themed eatery, is penned to open in Summer 2018 and hopefully last longer than Winter 2018.

Daisy Circle?

Northern Quarter restaurant Evelyn's officially open the doors of The Daisy, their new private members co-working space and basement cocktail bar, on the 1st February 2018. Membership costs £100 per year but does include free Rare Tea Company tea and Ozone Coffee. Taking its name from the game "Love Me, Love Me Not", membership requests are reviewed by a panel, based upon the applicant's social media accounts. It's the first time the concept has been tried in Manchester since the closure of The Circle Club in December 2013.

Wednesday 17th January 2018
TNQ Manchester
Unlimited Wine at TNQ

TNQ restaurant has remained a modern food lovers' paradise at the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter, overlooking the iconic Smithfield Fish Markets.

Amongst other offers, including three courses for £18.95, you can also enjoy three courses from accomplished chef Anthony Fielden's thought-provoking, locally influenced menu with unlimited wine for just £29.95. [more info]

The Last Straw

As the anti-plastic packaging movement gains speed, San Carlo have pledged to move to the use of paper on straws, ditching the plastic variety which are part of a known menace towards the environment.  They join many bars across Europe who have been part of the rapidly growing #RefuseTheStraw movement, long before Blue Planet II hit our screens.

Kentucky Fried Cocktails

KFC have released a few recipes for customers to make 'Stocktails' at home. The savoury cocktails, in this case based around KFC's own gravy include 'The Southern Twist', which contains KFC gravy, bourbon, pepper, and brown sugar, served over ice with the glass rim garnished with lemon juice and chopped parsley. 

Tuesday 16th January 2018
Don Giovanni - Jean Christophe Novelli
Jean-Christophe Novelli Secret Supper

Regulars at Don Giovanni have been enjoying bespoke dishes from Michelin star TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli since the beginning of the group’s partnership in April 2016.

On February 18th, the Oxford Street restaurant are hoping to replicate the success of last year's sell-out dinner, hosted by the celebrity chef, with a completely new and secret supper menu, the details of which will not be revealed until the evening itself. [more info]

Alderley Wedge

The plush JW Lees family-owned Alderley Edge Hotel is set for a £2.5m modern refurb in the coming weeks, with the new restaurant and bar featuring heavily in the project.

Say Cheese!

Cheesefest, a national touring cheese festival with a massive range of food stalls and market traders, is coming to Bowlers Exhibition Centre on Saturday February 24th 2018.

Monday 15th January 2018
Wood Manchester
Around The World With Wood

Each month, Wood Manchester will transport customers’ taste buds to a different international location with a specially crafted four-course menu featuring ingredients, dishes and wines inspired by the cuisine of a featured country.

Simon Wood says: “Mike and I have been working really hard to create interesting and delicious menus for each location. It’s really exciting to create new dishes from around the world and bring people together to try new cuisines and dishes.”

Starting on the 20th February with Spain, the itinerary for the rest of the year includes Australia, France, South Africa and South America amongst a few lesser-known culinary treats. [more info]

Thursday 11th January 2018
Corn Exchange Manchester

As reported in October, struggling burger chain Byron have now closed their Corn Exchange branch with rumours that the Deansgate outlet could also be victim to their wider cost-cutting programme, which will see 20 closures from their 70 strong nationwide portfolio. Their Piccadilly Gardens branch remains unaffected. 

Wednesday 10th January 2018
Elnecot Manchester
A History Of Ancoats

With the entire Manchester restaurant and bar scene seemingly relocating to Ancoats, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the area is new, however the story of the Northern Quarter's new fashionable suburb is one that is integral to both Manchester's and Britain's industrial history.

Dating back to 1212, the small settlement of just a few dwellings was called "Elnecot"; a name derived from the Old English 'Ana Cots' or 'lonely cottages'. Fast forward 805 years, and the name has been revived by the neighbourhood diner that has most of the city's foodies talking.

With 30% Off food in January, there's no better time to explore "the world's first industrial suburb" and see why Elnecot has those in the know a tad excited. [more info]

Pizza Factory

The people behind Shudehill based pastificio The Pasta Factory are set to open the aptly named wood-fired Neapolitan style pizzeria Noi Quattro in the Northern Quarter, early 2018. 

Posh Fish & Chips

Midlands fish & chips chain George's Tradition are looking to open their second upmarket restaurant with George's Great British Kitchen on the corner of Bow Street and John Dalton Street. If their Nottingham venture is a guide, expect upmarket British cuisine, with their speciality fish & chips, alongside bangers & mash, a few novel twists, and a gin bar.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Ocean Treasure Manchester
Rediscovered Treasure

After residing for 8 years inside the Manchester235 casino, becoming widely regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester, Ocean Treasure has relocated to plush new surroundings across the road at 23 Peter Street, on the first floor of sister restaurant Sakana Pan Asian.

Long term Executive Head Chef, 'Milky Boy', has also upgraded the menu whilst retaining the healthy-eating approach. You can experience for yourself the improvements with 3 courses for £17.50. Regular Restaurants Of Manchester readers will also be glad to see the Exclusive 12 dish Emperors Prosecco Banquet return. [more info]

Monday 8th January 2018
Second Floor - Harvey Nichols Manchester
Veg Out At Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Manchester launches its first vegan menu, created using seasonal plant-based ingredients, giving everyone a reason to try vegan this January.

The delicious menu, with dishes ranging from £6 - £12 offers customers three tasty courses, a selection of vegan wines by the bottle and a speciality vegan cider. [more info]

Thursday 4th January 2018
Blue Pig closes

Blue Pig Flies

We are sad to report what appears to be the first high profile Manchester hospitality casualty of the year.  In what is sending shock waves through the industry, one of the city's most popular bar groups have unexpectedly closed all three of their remaining sites, Odd and The Blue Pig in the Northern Quarter, and Oddest in Chorlton.  The Bohemian bar that arguably kickstarted the Northern Quarter's popularity will be sadly missed.

St Michael's Manchester

St Michaels Marches On

Gary Neville's controversial St Michaels Tower project between Jackson’s Row and Bootle Street has been redesigned with revised planning permission submitted, which seem to have taken on board many objections. These include keeping the facade of the historic Bootle Street Police Station and Sir Ralph Abercrombie pub, rather than demolishing them as was originally planned. The development's height has been scaled back and moved on to a plinth further along the street so as not to overpower local, historic buildings, such as the Town Hall and Central Library.

As well as the city's most expensive luxury apartments, it will also house a five star hotel, a new synagogue, office space, shops, bars, restaurants, and a huge rooftop garden.

Nogo Soho

Exclusive private member's club Soho House, which has 18 branches in London, New York, Miami, Barcelona, Berlin, and other glam locations around the world, has pulled the plug on its plans for Manchester.  The launch of their new Mollie's Motel and Diner 'roadside restaurant and hotel concept', as reported in April 2017, is still to go ahead.

Tim Allen Out
The planned venture at the City Suites apartment hotel on Chapel Street, Salford, from Michelin Star chef Tim Allen (not to be confused with the "Home Improvement" star) has collapsed after he is rumoured to have pulled out of the collaboration. 

Weds 3rd January 2018

Cottonopolis - Vegan Takeover
The Vegan Takeover

The next installment of Cottonopolis’ monthly kitchen takeover (on 15th January) is dedicated to Veganism.

Chef Joe Grant has created an impressive eight course vegan tasting menu, proving just how innovative high quality meat and dairy-free food can be, including Beetroot & Wasabi Tacos, Pulled Teriyaki Jack Fruit Bao, Grilled Kabocha Pumpkin with Onion Kimchi & Kale, and Mochi and Rasperry Donuts with Chocolate Sauce. [more info]

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