Best for grand designs
Manchester’s John Rylands Library is a spectacular building to visit. A fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture, it’s home to one of the world’s most unique collections of books, manuscripts and maps. Similarly impressive, Fazenda restaurant is a two-minute walk away and renowned for its traditional Brazilian fare. On offer are 15 different cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken — carved at your table when you flip over a red service card to green.
Address: The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP
For menus and reservations: fazenda.co.uk/menus/
Best for visitor attractions
Manchester is famous for many things, including a much-loved TV soap and artist LS Lowry. Many paintings and drawings of matchstick men are on display at The Lowry, situated in nearby Salford. Which is where you’ll also find the cobbles of Coronation Street — tours are available on selected weekends. If hungry while sightseeing, pop into The Alchemist in Media City, open for breakfast, brunch, burgers and nibbles. It’s a magical experience.
Address: The Bund, The Quays, Media City, Salford M50 3AB
For menus and reservations: thealchemist.uk.com/
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Best for street food
Indian Tiffin Room
Stop off at Manchester’s Indian Tiffin Room and you’ll be able to tuck into delicious, authentic, savoury street food. Grilled kebabs, traditional tiffin dishes and highway mains all appear on the extensive menu, and you can also fill up with popular dishes found at Indian dhabas (roadside eateries). A pre-theatre menu — three courses for £18 — is good value if attending a show at HOME Manchester, which is conveniently on the doorstep.
Address: 2 First Street, Manchester M15 4RL
For menus and reservations: www.indiantiffinroom.com/restaurants/manchester/
Best for a family outing
Colourful padded booths, a vibrant ambiance and an extensive menu make this British Asian restaurant a great destination for families eating out. The menu includes a large range of options, including Indian dishes as well as pasta, wraps, stir-fries and burgers so there's bound to be something for everyone. There are plenty of sweet treats too, including old-school puddings such as jam roly poly and sticky toffee pudding, as well as cakes and sundaes. For the smallest members of the family there's even a kids' menu.
Address: 14-18 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5TQ
For menus and reservations: www.mylahore.co.uk/
Best for laid-back dining
Australasia is just one of many restaurants in Manchester’s vibrant Spinningfields area, but it’s a little different. Enter via a sparkling glass prism at street level then head ‘down under’ to find a stylish setting, serving modern Australian cuisine with plenty of Southern Asian influences. The innovative and extensive menu highlights the two ways of eating in Australia — local and traditional. Your attentive waiters can explain more.
Address: The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP
For menus and reservations: australasia.uk.com/
the northern quarter
Best for trendsetters
The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar
The Northern Quarter of Manchester attracts creative artistic types who are inspired by the area’s unique character and charm. However, amongst all the regeneration there is one stalwart, The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar, or TNQ as it’s often referred to. Steaks sourced from the Forest of Bowland and Lake District are highly recommended. The three-course menu available on a Happy Monday or Thirsty Thursday comes with unlimited wine.
Address: 108 High Street, Manchester M4 1HQ
For menus and reservations: www.tnq.co.uk/
Best for decadent dining
Prepare yourself for a sensory explosion. Not only will the food at this contemporary Chinese restaurant set your taste buds alight, the exquisite décor is pleasing to the eye too — what an amazing space and awesome place. What’s more, Tattu is just a short walk from Manchester Opera Hall and also the Albert Hall music venue, so you can continue to treat your senses after a delicious dinner. Private dining rooms are available for group bookings.
Address: 3 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Manchester M3 3EB
For menus and reservations: tattu.co.uk/manchester/
Best for those on the move
Whether you’ve just arrived in Manchester and are feeling peckish, or you want a nourishing meal before your travels, Carluccio’s restaurant in Piccadilly Station is the place to go. Serving classic Italian favourites such as lasagne, ravioli and ragu rigatoni, you’ll fork out less than £12 for a daytime two-course meal (in the evening it costs £15). Creative diary-free, gluten-free and vegan menus provide choice for those with dietary requirements.
Address: First Floor, Piccadilly Station, Manchester M1 2BP
For menus and reservations: www.carluccios.com/restaurant/manchester-piccadilly/
Best for nostalgia
Mr Thomas’s Chop House
Thomas Studd opened his first Chop House back in 1867 and you really do step back in time when you enter the beautifully tiled eatery that’s become something of a local institution in Manchester. You’ll eat the best of British too, ‘proper’ grub made in the North. Mr Thomas’s famous corned beef hash, served with a soft-poached egg, has a secret recipe, and appears on both the main and Sunday lunch menus.
Address: 52 Cross Street, Manchester M2 7AR
For menus and reservations: www.facebook.com/TomsChopHouse/
Best for art aficionados
Yuzu is a small Japanese restaurant with a big following, and quirkily found in the heart of Manchester’s China Town. The interesting menu consists of sashimi, tempura and stir-fried udon dishes, many served with homemade miso soup. If you also happen to be a fan of historical and contemporary artwork from around the world, head afterwards to the free Manchester Art Gallery, a two-minute walk away.
Address: 39 Faulkner Street, Manchester M1 4EE
For menus and reservations: yuzumanchester.co.uk/
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