Reviews

Out of town review: Yakumama

Out of town review: Yakumama

WITH every street food operator there comes a time to settle down – blessedly under a roof and still trading. For Holy Crab, Wholesome Junkies and Blue Caribou Canteen that has recently meant neighbouring units ...

9 June 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Sardus Cucina, Altrincham

Review: Sardus Cucina, Altrincham

WHAT’S in a name? Altrincham is blessed with an admirable trio of restaurants rooted in Italian regional cuisines. The name of Puglian pasta masters Sugo means simply ‘Sauce’ while Neapolitan pizza and pollo palace Tre ...

9 June 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Dakota Bar and Grill

Review: Dakota Bar and Grill

IT used to be a football truism about fickle foreign imports: ‘Can they hack it on a wet Tuesday night in Scunthorpe?’ It was taken as read that the teak-tough wee tanner ball players down ...

6 June 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Rosso, Spring Gardens

Review: Rosso, Spring Gardens

ELEGANT is not a word you could attach to many thoroughfares in Manchester city centre, but we love the grand sweep of King Street from Cross Street up to Spring Gardens. Great to perambulate up. ...

27 May 2019

Review: The Marble Arch (and its beer Mash Ups)

Review: The Marble Arch (and its beer Mash Ups)

MARBLE bookends. First the shiny new flagship brewery, then back to where it all began. Quite a day, which ended with a replete waddle across a sun-dappled Angel Meadow after a reminder how satisfying the ...

21 May 2019

Review: James Martin Manchester

Review: James Martin Manchester

FUNNY the short term memory we have about restaurants. Take Leeds and the meteoric rise of Michael O’Hare to Michelin stardom with The Man Behind the Curtain, which only launched in 2014. Most of the ...

29 April 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Tattu spring/summer menu

Review: Tattu spring/summer menu

OUTSIDE ToM Towers the last of the vernal blossom is being scattered by Storm Hannah. So we’ve been seeking consolation in the eternal springtime that inhabits Tattu. In China each spring they celebrate the return ...

26 April 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: The Spärrows

Review: The Spärrows

SPARROWS nesting in the archway opposite Umezushi? Surely some mistake. Wasn’t Unit 3 earmarked to be that Japanese restaurant’s offshoot KIAA (Kitchen In The Arch), billed as a “painless one stop shop for all your ...

18 April 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Cibus, Levenshulme

Review: Cibus, Levenshulme

CIBUS takes in a lot of Italy – from the fog-shrouded lagoons of Venice to Puglia, the country’s scorched ‘heel’. Owner of the Levenshulme pop-up restaurant Giorgio Fontana is a proud Venetian while his head ...

8 April 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: 20 Stories lunch menu

Review: 20 Stories lunch menu

SAD but eternally true, it has always been easier to find a better value lunch in the fine dining bastions of London than in Manchester’s middling destinations. It’s been a year or two since we’ve ...

5 April 2019 by Neil Sowerby

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