It’s never been a better time to eat out in Manchester. As a result of Mana’s first-ever Michelin star for more than 40 years, the city’s culinary sector has thrived. There is a slew of new independent restaurants popping up all around the city, as well as a number of well-known eateries that have been praised by national reviewers.
The Michelin star may have elevated Manchester’s culinary profile, but for the people who live here, it merely served to reinforce what we already knew: Manchester’s restaurants are as diverse and excellent as any in the world. Our picks for the top eateries in Manchester include everything from late-night kebabs to vegan treats, secret curry cafés to mind-bending tasting menus. This is the best time ever to dine out in Manchester. As a result of Mana’s first-ever Michelin star for more than 40 years, the city’s culinary sector has thrived. With new independent restaurants popping up all over the city and well-known chefs establishing showy new restaurants, there’s a lot going on in the culinary scene in New York City.
According to recent statistics, the number of new bars and restaurants launching in Manchester is among the greatest in the nation. Following the pandemic’s ravages, there are some encouraging green shoots emerging.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the city’s most exciting new dining options.
The Butcher, which originated in Amsterdam, opened its first UK outpost in Manchester this month, after successful ventures into Berlin and Ibiza. There is no shortage of burger options in the city, so it was either a courageous or a dumb decision to open a new location here. Fortunately, The Butcher manages to pull it off. There’s a lot of meat on these fellas, and the beef has been matured to perfection, and it’s served in a non-brioche roll like a gleaming hockey puck. Furthermore, since it is Dutch, the fat fries are served with mayonnaise, which is appropriate. The Butcher is more than just a burger shop; it’s located in the Arndale’s ‘Urban Playground,’ which means that when you’ve done filling your face, you can play 27 holes of mind-bending posh crazy golf or The Cube, just like on television.
Zaide O’Rourke, a former employee of the city center institution The Alchemist, has created a pop-up restaurant that is inspired by the fresh flavors of Scandinavia. A selection of small plates is available, including ‘drunken oysters’ with pickled rhubarb and herb oil, which are served with shots, and seafood and ‘land food’ small plates are available. So that’s breaded cod cheeks and hake with chimichurri on one side of the plate and grilled aubergine and labneh on the other side. Add in some seaweed martinis and a spectacular setting – at the foot of the Deansgate Square skyscrapers – and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. But hurry, since it will only be open for a few more weeks after that.
Located under the Circle Square development off Oxford Road, Hello Oriental is a subterranean celebration of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines, as well as a variety of other southeast Asian specialties. Rice Paper Pho, located on the first mezzanine level, is a Vietnamese restaurant that celebrates the colorful flavors of the country with hot bowls of noodles and delicious papaya salads. Go to the basement for Chinese roast meats (think suckling pig and Iberico-char sui), Malaysian curries, Korean-style fried chicken, and a variety of beverage options. To top it all off, there’s a Chinese bakery on the walk-in, as well as a grocery on the first level.
Lily’s Deli Ancoats
Finally, Ashton’s much-loved vegetarian Indian restaurant has made its way to Ancoats, and it’s right in the heart of the neighborhood. Following a successful launch in Chorlton, the Sachdev family has expanded its deli concept to include freshly prepared chaats, perfect samosas, its terrifying ‘atom bomb’ potatoes, and the best – and most varied – Bombay mixes outside of Mumbai. Freshly prepared chaats, perfect samosas, the terrifying ‘atom bomb’ potatoes, and the best – and most varied – Bombay mixes outside of Mumbai are all available. Aside from the daily curries, there are also take-out options, but be aware that they are sometimes sold out before you can get your hands on them. You may also find a plethora of other Indian products on the grocery store shelves, ranging from a dizzying array of dried spices to frozen parathas.
Campagna at The Creameries
A new incarnation of Mary-Ellen McTague’s neighborhood restaurant The Creameries in Chorlton has opened as Campagna, an ode to Italian country cooking under the direction of her head chef Mike Thomas, who uses seasonal ingredients sourced from the Cinderwood Market Garden in Heaton Chapel and meat from the excellent Littlewoods Butchers in Heaton Chapel. As a result, the rustic beef shin and wild rabbit ragus, which are served with pappardelle, are excellent. Additionally, the Panisse (fine chickpea fries sprinkled with rosemary salt) is really important. You won’t be able to stop eating them.