Manchester for foodiesFriday 30 June 2017 by Florence Evans Manchester has an eclectic cosmopolitan side that many fail to notice at first glance, but when you take a little while to get to know it, this city has so much to offer. It's foodie scene welcomes all types of cuisines and executes each with a signature Mancunian flair, so be sure to indulge yourself with some of these irresistible treats next time you visit Manchester.
For the health-conscious who love photogenic food…
In a design-led setting with plenty of hanging baskets bursting with green plants, dining in Evelyn’s feels like you’ve escaped Manchester and entered the Amazon rainforest for a while. Once you’ve acclimatised to the tranquil surroundings, make sure you choose wisely from the menu as there is almost too many options.
In the morning Eveyln’s brunch consists of various versions of avocado, eggs and toast, or delightfully fluffy American pancakes with blueberries and honeycomb butter. For a more substantial brunch, opt for their dishes influenced by east Asian flavours, such as toasted rolls with Korean chicken, fried egg, or chilli and watercress.
Lunchtime is everything green at Evelyn’s – but don’t be put off, this place serves up healthy yet completely delicious food. There’s the vegan options of quinoa, bulgar wheat whipped tofu, kale and beets if they’re your thing, but there’s also the epic Evelyn’s café bar beef burger with sriracha mayo, kimichi and chips to really hit the spot.
For the cocktails and carbs…
The Laundrette, First Street
For crazy-good food, incredibly friendly service and a fantastic south-facing terrace to enjoy your food in the sunshine, The Laundrette on First Street is one of Manchester’s coolest places to dine. Aspects of the menu are inspired by laundrettes (believe it or not) so choose from the Full Lad (big mains, truffle mac n cheese, fillet steak), Easy Care (light salads, hot smoked salmon, Thai-spiced chicken) or an Extra Spin (sides of sweet potato fries or rocket and parmesan salad).
Laundrette’s food is no fuss and no frills with a mix of the tastiest morsels, but the cocktails are the real jazzed-up star of the show. Try something new with the sugary sweet Raspberry Flossi or the I Scream for Ice Cream ice cream float-inspired cocktail guaranteed to refresh.
For the Northern Quarter vibes..
Cottonopolis Food and Liquor
If anywhere representsManchester’s cosmopolitan vibe it’s Cottonopolis Food and Liquor. The menu is split up into categories such as ‘Ice’ ‘Fire’ ‘Steam’ and ‘Oil’ – just to give you an idea of how seriously they take their cuisine hereThey’re all over the bao buns hype, and even serve soft shell crabs and ribeye steak in their own unique way. Mixing east Asian influences with southern-style barbecued twists, Cottonopolis has the flavour and the vibes to make your night in the Northern Quarter.
For the most epic Mexican you’ll ever try…
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn
If you love Mexican food, Luck Lust Liquor and Burn serves up incredibly honest food that cuts to the chase. The portion sizes are big, big enough to satisfy any degree of hunger and its variety of different Mexican dishes with a twist are imaginative and tasty. If you take your food seriously opt for the ‘Living the Dream’ cheeseburger burrito or the ‘Chicken Lickin’ burrito supremo, both guaranteed to hit the spot. For a lighter option we thoroughly recommend the chicken taco salad for all the best bits of their tacos without the heaviness. Wash this all down with one of their funky signature cocktails like the candy apple Manhattan or the Strawberry and Rosemary Collins for a sweet finish.
Food with a view…
With a contemporary British menu of light lunches, this place has a delightful selection of simple sensations to choose from such as shredded duck and orange, crayfish brioche rolls or pomegranate and feta superfood salads. But honestly, this place isn’t all about the food - it’s view is something else and visiting here it totally worth your while. Look up over the whole of Manchester and see the city’s eclectic mix of architecture, from the red-bricked veterans to the city’s newest skyscrapers popping up wherever there’s space. Enjoy a tipple or two with lunch and toast to this amazing city with the view to die for.