Our students in Jon’s B1 class would like to share with you some of the best restaurants in Manchester that are worth trying out, and one or two restaurants that are worth avoiding!
1. Jamie’s Italian, 100 King Street, City Centre
Have you heard about Jamie Oliver? He is one of the most famous chefs in the UK. His franchise, known as Jamie’s Italian, is located in a number of UK cities. Manchester’s branch is in King Street. Although the restaurant is very big, you have to book before visiting there. Otherwise you may have to wait a while for a table.
They sell a beer which is called Messina and this is the best beer I’ve ever drunk. They have a variety of dishes such as pizza, pasta, steak, burger and also fresh seafood, which are all reasonably priced. You can eat pasta for under £ 10 and the rest of the dishes cost between 10 and 20 pounds. All of the staff are kind and if you don’t know what to eat, you can ask them then they describe the food for you, which is all of excellent quality.
I was satisfied with their food and service and enjoyed eating there. If my friends visit Manchester, I’ll bring them to this restaurant.
2. Chennai Dosa, Unit 119, Chester Road, Stretford
Chennai Dosa, a typical name for a traditional Indian restaurant, is located in Stretford about five minutes’ walk from the tram station. It is open every day from 10.30am until 10.30pm. There you can find a typical Indian atmosphere with big tables for many people.
The dishes are not expensive and the food is mouth-wateringly delicious. They serve such an incredible variety of courses, such as bread, rice dishes, Indian snacks and simple curries, that it is impossible to try them all. However we highly recommend Chana Tikka Masala and Lacy Mango Juice. In addition, if you prefer eating vegetarian food, you will find many options there.
The service is friendly and fast, so if you are in a hurry, you can stop there for a quick lunch before going back to work.
3. Al Jazeera Charcoal, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
Al Jazeera Charcoal is a small restaurant in Manchester which serves the most delicious Arabic dishes. Also, the kitchen staff come from a variety of countries from the Mediterranean, such as Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon and Turkey, so you can enjoy all kinds of food which comes from the Mediterranean and be sure that it is prepared in the correct way.
Al Jazeera Charcoal serves dishes so delicious that you would probably invite your friends for a dinner in this restaurant. In addition, the atmosphere is great and, while you eat you would think that just Mediterranean people eat there. In contrast, you would probably find people from all over the world, especially those who like spicy and heavy dishes, which are all reasonably priced.
Also during your meal you can enjoy Arabic music as a tremendous jump from the British atmosphere outside to a Middle Eastern one as you enter. Moreover, if you have an anniversary or social occasion and you want catering, you can call them and they will help you to organise your occasion.
4. The Gate of Yemen, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
My first experience with Manchester’s restaurants was one month ago when I was recommended by a friend to try a restaurant called “The Gate of Yemen” so I followed his recommendation. I went there while the winter sun was going down. As you would probably expect in the middle of the afternoon, the atmosphere was somewhat lacking with only one other customer in the whole place. Despite this, the staff were very friendly and polite.
The décor is incredibly stylish and modern and there were a variety of dishes in the menu. I was recommended to try a particular dish named kabsa, which is a kind of rice dish with chicken, so I gave it a go. The price was reasonable including starters and a drink. However, the food was not as delicious as expected. The soup was oily and the main dish was quite heavy.
For me, I would not go back there again unless they offer another type of cuisine. I would rather cook my food on my own.
5. Soup Kitchen, Spear Street, City Centre
With a common name to recognise the type of foods that they serve, Soup Kitchen offers different kind of soups using not only vegetables but also meat. The place is decorated in a rural and minimalist style and the atmosphere inside is comparable to when your grandmother cooks for you. It is so easy to understand the main ingredients that it is reminiscent of home cooking – I am Italian and I am firmly certain of that.
When I was there the first time the food was so enjoyable and fresh that I told myself I would go back before I leave Manchester. Anyway, this experience was very different compared to the other places in which I have eaten before. The menu is very simple composed of natural ingredients like mushrooms, peas, beans, tomatoes, salad and potatoes. To complement these simple flavours, they offer a variety of beers that, in contrast to the sweet taste of the soups, can create a sort of equilibrium in your mouth.
In conclusion I can say that it was a delightful experience that I would recommend to anybody as a different way to enjoy yourself with something a little less ordinary.
6. Pie Minister, Church Street, City Centre
I would like to tell you about my first nice restaurant experience in Manchester. When I visited this restaurant for the first time, I found it such a cosy place that it made me feel at home.
The main dish is pie, which comes with a variety of fillings. If you want to see what one looks like, you can check through the window display which shows the pies. If you don’t want to eat meat, you can choose from a number of vegetarian options.
Even though the menu isn’t expensive, the service was, in my opinion, better than an elegant restaurant. They asked us what sauces we needed and made us feel comfortable and well looked-after. Although I usually go to expensive restaurants, they tend not to satisfy me with their service quite as much as Pie Minister did so I’ll give ten out of ten points to this restaurant for service.
Although the portions are not so big, the taste is really amazing. While I’ve been in Manchester, I consider this restaurant to be best of the best places to eat out here. So, I would like to bring my boyfriend when he comes in March in order to have a taste of the pie paradise offered here.
by Deokbae, Hassn, Federico, Eunjung, Ahmed, Ela, Adil and Helene, Manchester Academy of English