Manchester exudes an exhilarating atmosphere that unites cultures from all over the globe. The culinary landscape is evidence of this, housing an array of esteemed restaurants that serve the best British and international cuisines. From Michelin starred dining and contemporary design to affordable delights, we survey the 10 best restaurants in Manchester.
Designed by Miguel Cancio Martins of Buddha Bar Paris, Ken Winch of Buckingham Palace and Firefly of Hakkasan, Vermilion is a destination for all of the senses. The awe-inspiring interior design stretches throughout three storeys and is peppered with neo-traditional Asian decorations and artworks. The menu focuses on popular Thai dishes and Asian fusion cuisine, serving plates such as the popular Thai green curry dish kang keiaw kai, subtitled as ‘the best green curry you can eat beyond Thailand’, and salmon yang, a perfectly grilled Scottish salmon marinated with lemongrass, garlic and coriander paste served with buttered vegetable and lemon butter sauce. The venue is also home to the iconic Cinnabar, an esteemed cocktail bar and club that serves some of the city’s best alcoholic concoctions and presents out of this world DJ nights.
As the restaurants name suggests, Australasia offers a culinary exploration into contemporary Australian cuisine, fusing European traditions with gastronomic influences from Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Japan. Visitors can enjoy a thrilling mixture of dishes including maki roll sushi with tuna, salmon and pickled mushrooms, Vietnamese pork with vegetable noodles and nouc cham, and red fish curry with sticky jasmine rice. In addition to this delicious range, the restaurant’s interior is absolutely stunning, combining modern design trends with rustic and natural touches, such as the beautifully white tree decorations reminiscent of Australia’s gum trees. An exciting foodie destination, visitors have raved about the restaurant’s glass pyramid entrance on Deansgate.
Since its opening in 2004, Albert’s Shed has become a Mancunian favourite for its simple yet clear aim: ‘to deliver quality food to local customers at a reasonable price in a sharp, modern space.’ Achieving these goals expertly, the restaurant exudes a charming atmosphere in its revamped setting of an old tool shed that belonged to the owner’s uncle. The menu is described as ‘unashamedly British’, with UK favourites such as Cheshire lamb rump served with either mint hollandaise or Cornish honey and mustard gravy, and roast loin of venison stuffed with Cropwell Bishop blue Stilton and wrapped in pancetta with a port and blackberry jus, but it also features international favourites such as curries and Malayan chicken.