Manchester, the UK’s second most populous city after London, sure lives up to its reputation by showcasing a wide variety of cuisines. In this list, we find the best food delights the metropolis has to offer, ranging from traditional English steaks to exotic Ibiza snacks. Be sure to indulge your taste buds and discover new flavors at these marvelous restaurants!
1. Experience unique Ibiza cuisine in Manchester
Celebrate fine flavors at El Gato Negro, an award-winning tapas restaurant and bar in a historic converted three story town house on King Street, in the heart of Manchester City centre. With the food prepared specially in front of you, one can be sure of its quality and admire the culinary pizzazz of chefs there.
Feeling up for a drink? Fear not! The restaurant’s in house bar, The Black Cat, is sure to deliver a wide range of cocktails, wines and beers to complement your food. El Gato Negro promises that its bartenders will create something to make your experience even more memorable, while you enjoy sitting under the unique retractable roof to make the most of the sun and stars when weather permits.
Although slightly on the pricier side, many guests have remarked that the value is superb for the excellent quality of food and service. Rated on an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 by 717 reviews on TripAdvisor, one can definitely be sure that El Gato Negro delivers on its promise of great Ibiza delicacies.
El Gato Negro
Address: 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY, UK
Website: El Gato Negro
2. Manchester's very own spin on Chinese delicacies
An artful blend between art and cuisine, Tattu Restaurant and Bar takes inspiration from body art and its rich history, inviting guests on a sensory journey from east to west, delivering a unique experience unlike any other. Notably, the restaurant offers contemporary Chinese cuisine, fusing traditional Asian flavors with exquisite presentation delivered by head chef, Clifton Muil, and his talented team.
From wagyu dumplings to Singapore noodles and countless unique drinks at the bar, Tattu is eager to please with its delicate dishes, exceptional service and its iconic relaxed atmosphere. Named as one of the best 100 restaurants in the whole of the UK, the quality of food is definitely assured. Guests have had mostly spectacular times at Tattu, rating it 4.5 stars out of 5 on over a whopping 1,300 reviews. Highlights include the friendliness of wait staff and the detailed explanations of fusion food there.
Tattu Restaurant and Bar
Address: Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB, UK
3. Fill your stomach and wind down with affordable treats
Despite being established only recently in 2013, Volta Eaterie and Bar has had an impressive number of achievements, namely the Mcr Food & Drink Festival awards: Best Chef 2015 and Manchester Evening News: City Life’s Restaurant Of The Year 2014. With such quality of dishes served in Volta, the eatery still remains highly affordable and casual with a platter for two with three different meats, Yorkshire puddings, potatoes, vegetables and lashings of gravy at an amazing deal of 28 GBP (36 USD).
For those with dietary restrictions, the eatery is highly inclusive and encompassing in including many options for gluten free eaters or vegetarians. Simply put, the variety of dishes in Volta is marvelous and caters to most from British puddings to tapas. Rated 4 stars out of 5 by 184 reviews on TripAdvisor, Volta does indeed hold up against the other spectacular restaurants in Manchester. Do visit soon!
Volta Eaterie and Bar
Address: 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN, UK
Website: Volta Eaterie and Bar
4. Indulge in your inner coffee connoisseur and munch on tidbits
North Tea Power provides the creme de la creme of coffee and tea. With its handcrafted coffee and loose-leaf teas, cake, soup and grilled sandwiches, this cafe might seem intimidating at first. Fear not, for its staff are highly knowledgeable and always eager to explain to you and concoct that perfect blend of caffeine you need.
Despite such artisan quality, the prices at North Tea Power are also great to boot. Seasonal drinks such as the Deerhunter’s Ethiopian and Costa Rican blend goes at only 2-3 GBP (2.5-3.8 USD), allowing you to savor different flavors without breaking the bank. Feel free to work here on your latest novel or some work documents as the cafe provides a relaxing atmosphere and the WiFi is thankfully strong and stable. Do pop around this cafe to explore different notes in coffee/tea, while munching on a handmade cake.
North Tea Power
Address: G22 Smithfield Building, 36 Tib Street, Manchester, Northern Quarter, M4 1LA, UK
Website: North Tea Power
5. Pamper yourself with upscale steaks and cocktails
Located in a historically rich Late Victorian courthouse, the grand exterior of this steakhouse matches its classy Edwardian interior. Famous for its roast beef on Sundays and 5 pound corkage every Monday and Sunday, this place is simply a boom for those who love their meat and drink. Furthermore, this Manchester branch is uniquely its own with the menu additions of Short Rib Macaroni, joining old favorites on the bar menu, like the Kimchi Burger, Short Rib French Dip and Lobster Roll. Now isn’t that a selection to make you drool?
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by a massive 1,337 reviews on TripAdvisor, it is clear that Hawksmoor is a worthy place to visit. Reviewers praise its consistently excellent food and service, promising that on your visit there, it is sure to live up to its premium reputation. Visit now for the finest meat in the country, paired with some good old cocktails.
Address: 184 – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB, UK
Website: Hawksmoor Manchester
6. Bond with your kids in this quaint canteen with drawings on the wall
The atmosphere at Fat Loaf is warm and welcoming and this local gem is loved by the local community for its honest pricing and rigorous attention to local, seasonal produce. Be sure to support this restaurant for its local sourcing and genuine flavours. The restaurant itself also boasts fully bi-folding windows for the summer months with al fresco dining, perfect for either a romantic summer night or a fascinating view for children on a family dinner. The completely open kitchen where customers can interact with the chefs (and even pick up some tips and recipes) also impresses, giving a rather homely feel to this modern place.
With the early dinner menu with starters and desserts at 4.50 GBP (5.80 USD), and mains at 11.50 GBP (14.80 USD), the Fat Loaf is highly recommended for its value pricing. Its own “bring your own wine Tuesdays” is also endearingly peculiar, emphasizing the familial atmosphere.
The Fat Loaf
Address: 62 Green La, Sale M33 5PG, UK
Website: The Fat Loaf
Stuff yourself on holiday--no regrets!
With Manchester’s wide variety of good food, it is no doubt all of us who’ve been there are going to put on a few pounds. Be sure to savor different flavors there.
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