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Mai Bai in Manchester shut

Yankunian May 4, 2008 06:28 AM

Hey, just noticed that this cute little sushi and noodle joint near the town hall is not open anymore. Anyone know if they moved, or have just shut down?

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    pecandanish May 7, 2008 07:52 AM

    bummer. and yo sushi and tampopo still open to supply the general public with overpriced slime on a colouerd plate. no thanks.

    it has been said that only the good die young and thats why you never see an old estate agent.

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    1. re: pecandanish
      Harters May 7, 2008 08:22 AM

      Speaking of Tampopo, when I was last in the Trafford Centre, I noticed that its old location was being "done up" for a new noodle place. Can't recall its name but I'm sure the sign said they had a branch in the city centre and also one "dahn sarf" somewhere. Anyone know what it is and, more to the point, is it any good?

      1. re: Harters
        Yankunian May 8, 2008 01:48 AM

        That's weird - we just ate at that Tampopo a couple of weeks ago (my daughter loves it, but I'm not that keen myself.) Had it just moved there next to Barburrito? There are a couple of noodle places in the city centre but neither of them are very high-profile...

        1. re: Yankunian
          Harters May 8, 2008 06:37 AM

          Yes, Tampopo moved fairly recently into that strip that used to house Shere Khan and an overpriced and underwhelming Italian.

          I think I've found the name of the place that's now in the old Tampopo spot - "Rice". With branches at Selfridges in the city centre and on Piccadilly. Looking at its menu, it can't make it's mind up what it wants to be . Probably not a good sign. http://www.ricemanchester.com/page.ph...

          1. re: Harters
            Yankunian May 9, 2008 10:20 AM

            Oh, Rice. Rice has been at Piccadilly gardens for a couple of years now - in that weird concrete bit opposite caffe nero. I've eaten there a few times but found that no matter what you order, it generally tastes pretty much the same.

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