It’s been nearly a year since I last visited Iberica and gave it a shining review, so when Iberica invited me again as part of a blogger’s meet up, I said yes instantly. The evening showcases their Spring menu as well as the art of using a porrón, a traditional Spanish drinking vessel for wine.*
I’ve been meaning to try Jamie’s Italian ever since it took over the old HSBC building on King Street. This HSBC was actually my bank when I first came over to Manchester for studies and I’ve not really been back since. I grabbed two friends and headed over to try their Super Lunch menu.*
After a pleasant trip to Pizza Express in Didsbury, I try the Pizza Express on Oxford Street. The restaurant has been refurbished with modern fixtures and artwork inspired by PizzaExpress’s prestigious history over last 50 years. As it was coming up to Christmas, the restaurant was decorated for the holidays and they also had their Christmas menu, which I will be reviewing.*
I’m don’t eat pizza often as I tend to crave other foods when I’m out, but after the pizza I had at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and the pizza I had in Finland, I was feeling the pizza craze. Pizza Express in Didsbury kindly invited me to visit following their refurbishment, so I went in with two of my friends, ready for a good meal!*
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.
Having heard much about El Gato Negro since it opened, I have wondered how good it actually is with all the hype. I was meeting the ladies for dinner one evening and we decided to pop in, although to our dismay we discovered that they were fully booked up. I endeavoured to organise another meeting to try this place out.
That fateful day eventually arrived, although one of my friends couldn’t make it in the end. However, by this point she had visited El Gato Negro prior and so, I went in with my other friend to try the menu out.