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!*
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.
Twitter is my main source for finding out about new restaurants opening and it was through the grapevine that I know that Bakchich (pronounced Bak-shish) would be opening at the Quadrangle where Rice used to be. Bakchich, as I was to discover, has one other branch in Liverpool and serve Lebanese food. I’ve been here one other time at the time of this visit, soon after they opened. This review focusses on my second visit with a group of friends, 9 months after opening in Manchester. I had booked a table for 14 in advance over the phone since their online booking did not cater for this number.
I have heard of Iberica but haven’t yet visited the place. I feel like I haven’t explored Spinningfields enough as I was mostly focussing on Northern Quarter. When an old University friend dropped by Manchester, I decided this called for something more special and so we headed towards Spinningfields to find a good restaurant to eat at. We discovered Iberica and perused the menu before heading inside.