Written by Kate Harding
Some of these are so hot they haven’t opened yet, but we are here to give you the heads up on what’s going to hit Manchester along with restaurants that have opened up this year that are a must to go to.
1. BUNDOBUST – Piccadilly Gardens
This restaurant has done exceedingly well in other locations and there is currently one based in Leeds, but they have decided to take a positive leap into Manchester, which is planned to open this Autumn. Bundobust is an award winning Indian street food restaurant which received runner-up on Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant series in 2010. The idea is to order lots of small plates and dig into some great tasting dishes and then washing it down with their beers that are sourced from local brewery’s. This place is great for a get together with friends, where ordering lots of places and digging into everything is the best thing to do here.
2. SHORYU RAMEN – Piccadilly Gardens
Shoryu Ramen is dedicated to dishing out the best ramen dishes you can buy and it sure seems to do just that, as it got recommended in the Michelin Guide for 2014 and 2015. This place has been a massive hit in London and so what better place to open one up north than Manchester? It hasn’t opened just yet but it should be pretty soon so keep your ears and eyes open! This place does it properly, and will be cooking your ramen 12 hours before you dig into it to give it the ultimate taste. That is dedication! The menu works that you build your ramen from scratch from how you want your noodles, what type of noodles, the meat and toppings, so you can have what ever you can think of.
3. HAWKSMOOR – Deansgate
If you’re a lover of a good steak or a sumptuous Sunday roast beef cooked to perfection, then this is the place you need to be. Hawksmoor opened it’s doors to Manchester on 3rd March 2015 and claims to have the best steaks around. The Observer Food Monthly awarded their Sunday roasts ‘Best Sunday Lunch in the UK’, so I don’t think you can get much better than that! Obviously they do other things than from the cow including sea-bass, scallops, lobster and chicken, but I think it would be rude not to go for beef in such a place! The Decor is simple and sophisticated and would be perfect from a lunch to a fancy dinner. They also offer private dining or if you fancy it you can book out the whole restaurant.
4. EL GATO NEGRO TAPAS– King Street
If you want the taste of the Mediterranean and love tapas food, lucky for you this place has revamped itself and reopened its restaurant earlier this February. The food ‘takes the best of modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques’ so you’re able to dig into your old favourites whilst trying out some new combinations. The setting is a rustic feel with a ‘stripped back’ look with brick exposed walls and hanging light bulbs. The chef was the former executive chef for Harvey Nichols so you can trust that your food is in good hands. The restaurant also has a top floor dedicated for it’s cocktail bar called ‘the black cat’ so you can enjoy a sophisticated drink, or if you’d rather a more relaxed experience, just go downstairs to the bar and charcuterie for a casual drinking and dining experience.