Manchester UK [Moved from International board]
- Matt H
We'll be moving to Manchester from Los Angeles in the next few months, and are looking for some recommendations (both restaurants and specialty shops would be helpful). Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
My cousins live in Manchester, and when I visited them I enjoyed shopping in Didsbury (one of many villages absorbed into Manchester). There's a great cheese shop there called the Cheese Hamlet, and some very good speciality purveyors for fresh fish, game, etc. as well.
Shere Khan on Wilmslow Road is a terrific Indian restaurant. Other places on that "Curry Mile" are also supposed to be great, but I haven't tried them.
There is a well-known and well-regarded Chinese restaurant in the center of town as well. Joe H. posted about it perhaps 2 years ago - you might do a search for his post.
re: Jeremy M
There's a small Chinatown in the center of Manchester where you can get "real" Chinese food (mostly Cantonese -- presumably by way of Hong Kong) if you read the restaurant menus carefully. I think there may be some bakeries and markets there as well.
"Curry Mile" is quite impressive -- you could spend a lot of time eating there.
Manchester isn't as expensive as London, but with the exchange rate, be prepared for some sticker shock.
Try the Cedar Tree on St Thomas's St (I think) off Oldham St near Piccadilly Gardens. It is a Lebanese restaurant serving excellent and good value food. It's bring your own booze too. Sometimes they have ben closed at odd times - so it's worth checking in advance if you're planning on going.
I was there last month to see family; had dinner at Malmaison, a hotel restaurant opposite Piccadilly station. Great food; I had Eggs Benedict followed by Ox Cheeks (with a red wine sauce so good I could drink the stuff!).
Chinatown was a bit of a disappointment in terms of size, but I am sure that others could recommend a good place to eat.
Being a Mancunian who is fortunate enough to spend a good deal of time in London, it strikes me that Manchester isn't the centre of the universe food wise, but there's some good stuff. I'm guessing the Chinese in the centre of town referred to is the Yang Sing on Princess Street. It's a bit schizophrenic in that it does some (i'm told) very authentic Cantonese stuff, and I must confess I have had some really good meals there over the years, partic dim sum and casseroles; but then it has some pretty poor formulaic stuff on the menu too (indifferent "seaweed" and spring rolls etc, not to mention the dreadful stuff they serve up at Christmas office parties from October -December) so you need to order carefully.
Take the trouble and get the tram to Altrincham (South Manchestrer) and go to Juniper on "The Downs" - they've got a website. It's a cut above evrything else in the region - a deserved Michelin star etc. SImilarly just out of town in Didsbury, Greens is a v respectable vegetarian restaurant (I'm as carniverous as they come but I love the place).
Other than that there is a lot of places that do OK modern bistro food (Albert's Shed, Resaturant Bar and Grill and others) but I must confess while they all do a respectable chargrilled asparagus with baldsamic dressing, thai crab cakes, chargrilled rib eye steak etc etc etc, it all gets quite tedious quite quickly.
Some new town centre openings are supposed to be OK eg Establishment albeit I haven't tried them yet.
Some good pubs though!
N.B. Establishment went the way of all Mancester posh eateries and folded some time ago
Juniper's chef went to Glasgow to open Angela's and I guess they will lose their star
Go to Wings instead of the Yang Sing. It's a bit celebrity conscious..........though not as bad as San Carlos which many people seem to think is the best place in town despite the mafioso style rude waiters.