Words by Katie Worrall
Manchester is known for its amazing Nightlife and Dining. For that reason, we have listed what we believe is the 5 best restaurants in the city. Perfect for a glam Saturday night with the girls, a romantic date with that special someone or even a quite family meal. We have you boxed off!
1. Menagerie- One New Bailey, New Bailey St, Salford M3 5JL
Menagerie is an American style fine dining restaurant. Opened in August 2016, this restaurant couldn’t get busier if they tried! Menagerie offers stunning personalised cocktails, cautiously made dishes, and an amazing atmosphere through live performances by dancers, acrobats, singers, musicians, drag acts and burlesque artist. The food here offers Manchester a U.S. understanding of Japanese dishes including sushi boxes, seafood gourmet burgers and steaks. The interior is extremely glamorous and striking, perfect for those Saturday night selfies!
2. Rosso- 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BG
Rosso is a minimalistic and luxurious restaurant created by Manchester’s own Rio Ferdinand. The restaurant is situated at the top of Manchester’s admired King Street, in an unbelievably fabulous 120-year-old Grade II listed building. In this restaurant you will be sure to find a high quality menu with the best quality ingredients and wines. Many of their dishes are named after the Manchester United star himself. Rosso is perfect for people with a higher budget however, people with a lower budget can still dine here as there is something for everyone on the menu.
3. Tattu – 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB
Tattu is a gorgeous Oriental restaurant which has took a beautifully modern take on Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is known for its spectacular interior designed by Edwin Pickett. Tattu’s downstairs bar has quite a maritime feel to it, with its dark wood, leather padded seating and anchors hanging from above. In this bar you can find striking cocktails which cannot be found at other restaurants. Tattu provides an amazing experience as you can dine under stunning cherry blossom trees. The restaurant also has a parlour which is more of a private area, this offers customers a more intimate and personal experience. Their menu has been proficiently designed by Andrew Lassetter. Both the restaurant’s Head Chef and Head Dim Sum Chef have been brought from London’s notorious Hakkasan Group.
4. Gaucho- 2A St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
Gaucho is striking steak house decorated in cow hide leather and chandeliers. It is quirky yet glamorous as it provides a combination of amazing architecture with a steakhouse charm. When you enter Gaucho you immediately walk straight through the leather-walled corridor which leads into the cowhide-clad dining area. There are booths located in the centre of the dining area. Between the dining area and bar there is a striking glass walled wine room to divide both areas. Gaucho’s bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. This bar is very glitzy and glamorous with its black cracked glass bar top. The service in Gaucho is astonishing and is original to Gaucho. Your server will bring out slices of steaks on a wooden board and talk through each one. Gaucho takes pride in their presentation as well as their meals. The menu at Gaucho is a choice of steak at any size or weight, chips or salad and any sauce. This is all for the price of the chosen cut you choose.
5. Australasia- The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP
Australasia is located beneath the Armani store in Spinningfields. To enter the restaurant you enter a glass pyramid on Deansgate. Australasia is a very quirky and stylish Pacific Rim restaurant. The restaurant offers a fantastic variety of sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes. The menu has been created to combine Australian dishes with Pacific Rim cuisine. The restaurant uses European cooking traditions with a mix of Indonesian and Southeast Asian influences are show in this menu. Australasia’s dazzling bar is perfect for quiet nights out, sipping cocktails with the girls while dancing along to their DJ. This is even on weeknights. Australasia encourage customers to order several sharing plates from the menu, perfect for those Instagram worthy foodporn posts.