and what is a better adventure than one that also involves food?
Okay, so starting off the list with somewhere I have technically been to in the past... but to be honest, it's been a year! One year... one year too long! From my classic 'Green Line' order for a filling breakfast to the sweet splendour of waffles, fluffy pancakes and the Chocolate & Peanut Butter milkshakes. Heaven!
Although located in both Manchester & Liverpool, my favourite is situated on Hope Street ... a slightly slower-paced environment to relax, savour the flavours and catch up with friends. Nothing beats holding the moose mug under the twinkling ceiling lights.
"When we started, our quest was to bring quality loose-leaf tea to the city in an intimate and bohemian space."
Named aptly, for it's passionate love for loose leaf tea, from it's humble begins as a small tea shop LEAF has grown and expanded including into Manchester. LEAF has a upbeat, vibrant atmosphere perfect for friends to reunite and chatter away. If there is ONE thing I MUST do, it's go to Pudding Club....5 courses of pudding need I say more?
A vibrant and bustling street that has become a hub for independents. From the Red Onion and Gorgonzola & Garlic Bread at American Pizza Slice, FHT at the MARAY bar, yoghurt chaat bombs & mango lassi at the original Mowgli, sweet chilli or garlic & parmesan wings at KOOP, samosas and sesame naan at KO. Or maybe Elif's delicious Sigara Boregi & Kiymali Borek or sweet Kazan Dibi & Turkish Delight. I need to try the Bakchich Arayes, or a burger at Nolita Cantina.
I have my eyes on Hafla Hafla halloumi Fries, De La Seoul fix. Sweet potato fries and Chuck Wagon’s LA Street Food's Mac and Cheese Bites and HotBox Donuts!
I've already noted what I need to try: Cauliflower 5 ways, Satan's back (burger), Satans strips & chips, Dorito's big and little Mac & Cheese... looks like this one will be a few trips actually!
Need I say more?
"Designed by award-winning interior designer Michelle Derbeyshire, ‘Sunset by Australasia’ will offer a pleasure-seekers’ hideaway, with a décor that oozes Miami-cool and laid-back Ibizan vibes, located right in the heart of the city."
"The Sunset bar is all about basking in that golden glow for an evening of indulgence."
"At Menagerie, dining is a relaxed sociable experience. Featuring a United States interpretation of international dishes - each beautifully presented, fresh and delicious delicacies - you can enjoy them inside the stunning restaurant or on the terrace on a sunny afternoon." Manchester Bars
I really want the unique experience to see a captivating performance in unique surroundings!
20 Stories is an urban oasis at the top floor of No.1 Spinningfields (20 storeys up), where huge swathes of Greater Manchester and beyond will be visible, from the urban metropolis directly underneath, to the rolling hills of Lancashire beyond.
Behind 20 Stories (the restaurant), there are actually 20 stories. These stories or story titles themselves hint about where the food is from, the type of people who go there, the location and anything else that makes the restaurant so unique.
At night, the panoramic views of the city feel rather magical. The north-west, lit up, breathing, bustling, going about its business, is a lovely thing to behold, particularly as this entire floor, with its midnight-blue banquettes and sparse lighting... The Guardian
"The Ivy Spinningfields features a ground floor brasserie, first floor private dining room, an opulent Asian bar and restaurant on the second floor and a sumptuous Roof Garden featuring fire pits and lush foliage on the top floor. The Ivy Spinningfields occupies an impressive, timber framed space within a new development, The Pavilion, surrounded by greenery yet located in the heart of the city."- The Ivy
"They talk the local produce talk, but fling it about with the louchest abandon: South American ceviches, Middle Eastern mutabal, pak choi, chimichurri, preserved lemon – the whole polyglot shebang. Lamb shawarma, a Volta stalwart, brings a pile of meat with a massive thwack of flavour, some shreds pleasingly biltong-chewy, others moist and mutton-ripe, with a pool of harissa and thick, cooling yoghurt: no looker, but an appealing brute of a thing. " The Guardian
© la bonne vivante 2019