Reviews

Review: El Camino in The Cotton Factory

Review: El Camino in The Cotton Factory

FIRST impressions on our return to El Camino? Why hadn’t they mounted a set of lucha libre wrestling posters, as we’d recommended on a preview visit? OK, there were concessions to Mexico in what is ...

1 August 2019

Review: Canto summer menu, Ancoats

Review: Canto summer menu, Ancoats

WE always equate the Portuguese with a sense of adventure. All those 16th century mariners voyaging blindly into the Atlantic Ocean and beyond – Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartelomeo Dias. Each time we bite ...

24 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Mr Cooper’s, The Midland

Review: Mr Cooper’s, The Midland

OUR long overdue return to The Midland Hotel’s ‘other restaurant’ coincides with the announcement of a new Simon Rogan restaurant project up in The Lakes – Henrock at boutique hotel Linthwaite House. A little under ...

18 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Tampopo, Corn Exchange

Review: Tampopo, Corn Exchange

WE went with the best intentions to explore the vegan/veggie options (they have separate menus for both) at David Fox’s basement celebration of South East Asian cuisine but couldn’t resist the allure of old favourites ...

11 July 2019 by Neil Sowerby

Review: Lunch at Kala, King Street

Review: Lunch at Kala, King Street

‘ELITE Bistros’ is catchy but a contradiction in terms since the French model for such a casual eaterie always veered towards a scuffed, mix and match ambience, treasured by regulars with similar credentials. Elite is ...

27 June 2019 by Neil Sowerby

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

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