Eating out in Manchester can be hit and miss. You can get stung by eating at a chained restaurant, or get equally stung by finding a ‘local hotspot’ which ends up being style over substance.
There’s a few pockets of eaterys/bars in Manchester; Spinningfields (Manchester’s answer to Canary Wharf/Mayfair), Deansgate Locks (think Geordie Shore), The Printworks (Spoons and stag dos) and also The Northern Quarter (the less pretentious Shoreditch).
is situated in the latter. Although I used to work across the road from here at boohoo. I overly used it as a lunchtime/after work boozer but has never once lost its cool, chilled out vibe.
As I have now moved on from boohoo; this place has become more of a treat than a go-to.
It was my birthday at the end of June (one year older, many happy returns yada yada) so I went with a few friends to celebrate my day of birth.
The look and feel of the bar is based on The Industrial North but modernly and not overtly obviously. It keeps true to the Manc heart and soul as it’s logo boasts that of a worker bee. Charcoal grey surroundings and copper details gives the place an overall sophisticatedly effortless charm.
The menu itself is split out into sections which easily explains how each item is cooked. Ice, fire, steam and oil. Not to mention the specials board which usually has a nice selection of sushi and steaks.
As there was three of us we ordered seven dishes between us and a nice little portion of prawn crackers too. The dishes are generally tapas sized so three per person can be over bearing especially when you have a day drinking session straight after.
From the ICE section:
This dish is up there with one of the best five things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Melts on the tongue and is complimented with a sprinkling of spring onion.
From the STEAM section:
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Bao
These steamed buns are doughy delights from heaven. Perfectly fried chicken with hot sauce, red onion and a nice addition of calming cucumber. They really give some tasty heat to the pallet.
From the OIL section:
Not something I’d normally go for, but my lord am I glad I did. Lightly crisped on the outside and soft and meaty on the inside.
From the FIRE section:
This fish dish was meaty and ridiculously tasty. Under the grilled exterior were big chunks of pure white fish.
Melt in the mouth sweet pork belly. Not a massive fan of pork but this was something else.
Finally, from the SPECIALS:
Lobster. Avocado. Caviar? Name a better trio, I dare you. God I love sushi and this did not disappoint.
So to anyone planning on eating out in Manchester, I’d highly recommend my favourite; Cottonopolis Food and Liquor