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Manchester restaurants and cafes

Dining out doesn’t get more diverse than this. There’s a restaurant revolution in Manchester with the city seeing a 22 per cent increase in new openings. It seems the city can’t get enough of everything foodie, from chic celebrity dining hot spots to cool pop ups.

Try The Ivy in Spinningfields, Tast Catala, which brought a taste of Catalonia to King Street with a menu created by five-Michelin-star chef Paco Pérez, Mamucium near Victoria station, Italian pasta kitchen Sugo, which opened its doors in Ancoats after success in Altrincham and Foodwell, an LA-style dining experience. For cocktails and carbs, check out the popular Laundrette in Manchester suburb, Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

From cool-themed venues such as bowling alley Dog Bowl to the elegant roof terrace of King Street Townhouse, stylish all-day dining at Harvey Nichols’ Second Floor Brasserie and Bar and louche cocktail lounges, the city shows a determination to flaunt its foodie credentials.

Oké Poké on Church Street in the Northern Quarter, which is has been inspired by the cooking of Hawaii and bases a menu around rice, fresh raw fish and vegetables, is bringing in the crowds, while Wood on First Street, from the MasterChef 2015 champion Simon Wood, who hails from Chadderton, also offers unintimidating high-end dining.

Enjoy the friendly vibe at The Anthologist overlooking St Peter’s Square, which is where you’ll also find long established restaurants like the Rajdoot, Indian and the Armenian Taverna, flaunting their own brand of retro cool.

Our picks

Randall & Aubin

64 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BN

Anglo-French restaurant Randall & Aubin, famous for their sumptuous menu of British seafood and meat dishes, is located in vibrant Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester. Randall & Aubin serves the freshest seafood and mouthwatering rotisserie meats, with premium ingredients from carefully chosen and local suppliers where possible, cooked fresh in the open kitchen at the front of the restaurant. Delicious food in a fun and fabulous setting. Visit website

Honest Burgers

36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

Honest Burgers serve great British burgers using chuck steak and rib cap. It chops its beef (no mincing here) to hold in the flavour and keep the meat really tender. The burgers cut like butter and you can taste the beef – really great beef. And that’s exactly how it should be. Visit website


104 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ

From Paris to Manchester – a taste of Paris brought to you by the Moreau family at 63°. If you love coffee, you’ll know that many believe that 63° is the perfect temperature at which to serve it. But Eric Moreau will tell you that it’s also the temperature of a unique cooking technique that he’s perfected after many years of experimentation. Cooked long and low at 63°, poultry tastes like you’ve never tasted it before, incomparably tender and full of unforgettable flavours. So, 63° represents the love and care that goes into all cooking, which the team would love to share with you. Visit website

Bem Brasil

King St W, Manchester M3 2GQ

Bem Brasil ia a true celebration of Brazilian cuisine where you dine in the unique Churrascaria style. Only the finest cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb are roasted on the traditional charcoal barbecues where the mouth-water taste and succulent juices are locked in with delicious seasoning for you to enjoy. The knowledgeable Passadores (the Brazilian name for the waiter who serve you in the restaurants) care the skewers of meat directly at your table, and they’ll return with fresh cuts of meat until you till them to shop. Visit website

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

52 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AR

Time stands still at Mr Thomas’s Chop House, a Grade 2-listed building which first opened as a public house in 1867. Its cast iron frame building and terracotta block displaying Art Nouveau motifs is a local institution in Manchester and one of the jewels in the city’s crown. The managers and staff are committed to keeping Mr Thomas’s at the forefront of Manchester life with fine British food made with fresh local ingredients, fine wines, good beer and great company. Visit website

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