I’ve seen poké (pronounced po-kay) online through various foodie channels. It is a Hawaiian dish inspired by the food fisherman ate as they took the offcuts. It is heavenly influenced by Japanese cuisine with the use of raw fish, rice and soy sauce. Manchester’s own poké place, Oké Poké, opened in April so I was excited to come visit one evening.*
I was meeting friends for brunch in Manchester and they asked me to pick a place to eat, the only caveat was that it must serve eggs benedict. We decided to try out The Pen and Pencil as I’ve heard good things about their brunches and my friends also found the menu acceptable. We went one Saturday at around 10:30am.
Every year, Manchester hosts its Manchester Food and Drink Festival around September-October and it is a festival I continually look forward to year on year. It takes place outside Manchester Town Hall on St Albert’s Square and is a 2-week free entry festival featuring market stalls from independents and chains as well as specialised events such as themed meals or workshops. This year there is an experimental vegan banquet as well as several hidden banquets including one by MilkJam. There is also Manchester’s own Bake Off competition.
Here, I explore what’s available on the second day of the festival.
I was kindly invited to the launch of Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar, a brand new restaurant hitting the Manchester scene near the town hall. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I looked forward to an evening of nice food! With my friend in tow, we descended the steps to the restaurant.*
I discovered Burger and Lobster were doing a soft launch before their grand opening in Manchester. My friend and I have heard much about Burger and Lobster through their London branches, although neither of us had been to try their food before. Thus we went one evening to try out how good their food was.*