Culinary Delights

My three favourite Manchester places to eat!

I am a big ‘foodie’. I love to cook for friends and family, and when I’m travelling abroad I always jump at the opportunity to eat as the locals do, experiencing all types of new flavours and methods of preparing food.

I’m very lucky, because my home city of Manchester is full of great places to eat, with so much quality and variety to be found.

Manchester is a city very close to my heart. I was raised here, got my first experience of the business life here, and to this day it’s where my company is based and the city where we undertake most of our renovations.

And it’s a fantastic place for discovering and enjoying cuisine from around the world. Here are just three that I recommend any Manchester native – or a visitor to the city – discover and enjoy.

Australasia, Spinningfields

As the name suggests, Australasia’s aim is to bring “a laid back slice of modern Australian life” to Manchester. The menu includes food from around the Pacific Rim, including Indonesian, South East Asian and Japanese.

To get the most from your visit, try sampling several smaller dishes rather than the traditional starter-main-dessert combination.

And as a fan of architecture, I have to say the interior is stunning, too.

El Gato Negro, 52 King Street

On the topic of smaller dishes, El Gato Negro offers my favourite tapas in the city. The ever-changing menu is made up of whatever is in season and in fashion in Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian at the time. Add to your meal with a selection wines and sherries sourced from Spain, too.

For the ultimate experience, book a seat at the chef’s table and watch as the food is prepared right before your eyes.

Hawksmoor, Deansgate

For something more traditional, Hawksmoor promises “the best steaks in Manchester”. It offers an excellent range of seafood and a variety of steaks, prepared as well as anywhere you’ll find in the city – or beyond!

The restaurant is located inside an old Victorian courthouse and is another example of mouth-watering food served in beautiful surroundings.

Of course, while these are my favourite go-to restaurants I still enjoy the thrill of discovering new places. So if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

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