Tag: foodie Manchester

Restaurant review: Gusto, Manchester

Restaurant review: Gusto, Manchester

*All food and drink complimentary* Don’t you wish time machines existed? I’ve always been entranced by the roaring 20s (if I could just sip a Bellini with F. Scott Fitzgerald that would be grand). Luckily, I had a review planned at Gusto on Deansgate, Manchester where I could happily indulge literary fantasies. The building itself is a stunning character in…

Restaurant review: Artisan, Manchester

Restaurant review: Artisan, Manchester

When I’m out reviewing restaurants, I like to be professional and look decent. On the day of the Artisan restaurant review, the Mancunian anthracite skies heavy with pregnant rain clouds were threatening to burst. And burst they did in all their torrential, positively apocalyptic glory, leaving us dripping wet from an impromptu drenching. I suppose I was cocky in thinking…

Restaurant review: Grafene, Manchester

Restaurant review: Grafene, Manchester

Modern British food has never been more popular. Traditional fayre that has been contemporised and served with a twist is a trend I’m seeing in restaurants across the country. There has been a lot of noise about Grafene and its modern menu, with curious critics travelling the breadth of the UK to see what the fuss was about. This latest…

Restaurant review: Asha’s, Manchester

Restaurant review: Asha’s, Manchester

Manchester is one very rainy city indeed, with one source claiming it rained 53% of the year*. I’m not a fan of wet grey skies and I’m always seeking a pick-me-up in the name of great food or a good book to counteract the creeping dullness of drizzly rain.   It just so happened to be raining when I visited Asha’s…

Restaurant review: Banyan Bar & Kitchen

Restaurant review: Banyan Bar & Kitchen

The dining scene in Manchester is mercurial and fast changing. Blink and you’ll miss another opening, which is why my list of ‘Must Visit Places’ is steadily mushrooming. One such place I had earmarked from a while ago was Banyan Bar & Kitchen. It was a balmy evening as we wove our way through the cutesy al fresco dining area,…