There is a growing number of American diner and burger places in Manchester and it can be hard to pick which one to eat at. All Star Lanes is one such which not only serves American food but as the name suggests, they also have bowling lanes. With a friend, I try out what All Star Lanes has to offer. *
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.
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 signed up to the Byron Hamburgers mailing list (Byron Burger Club) a while back and was informed when they were opening up a branch in Manchester’s Piccadilly Garden. To celebrate the opening night, they were giving away free tickets on Eventbrite to be released at a set date and time. I only managed to get one ticket, but Byron were happy enough to accept my friend to the table if she was paying. As the ticket entitles you to one burger or main course salad, one while-you-wait, one side and one dessert per person, there was plenty of food to go around! We split the bill, paying only for an extra burger, side and drinks.
There is also another Byron Hamburgers in Manchester on Deansgate and another coming to the Corn Exchange, but this review is for the Piccadilly Garden branch. Our readers should take into account that this was the first time the restaurant is open to the public and thus there might be some teething problems. Our opinions were not affected by the fact the food was free.