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    Almost Famous: Almost Famous

    by Pomocub Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    Almost Famous is an American style 'Man Vs. Food' type restaurant located in the Great Nothern Warehouse just off Deansgate in Central Manchester. The restaurant is just like Red's True BBQ (see tip) which is a 5 minute walk away but is much cheaper by about £15 for two people.

    All food and drinks are ordered at the bar and food is brought over by the waiters. The waiters do not bother you while you are eating which I thought was nice.

    The menus are a bit odd. You wouldn't even know the menu was on the table, there were separate 'postcards' on the tables and the menus were on the back. So the food menu was on the back of one post card, the desert on another, milkshakes on another and cocktails on another. Was a little bit complicated but it was ok.

    The food was absolutely delicious. The burgers were on par with Red's and the portion of fries were a lot bigger than in Red's which much more variety. We tried the sweet potato fries and the pig and waffle fries which were mini potato waffles with pulled pork, jalapeño peppers and sauce. Both tasted amazing.

    You are not able to book a table at Almost Famous and is first come first served.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Badaboom burger with sweet potato fries, tiger blood cocktail and a peanut butter and raspberry milkshake. Absolutely amazing!

    Badaboom burger with sweet potato fries Peanut butter and raspberry milkshake Chocolate fudge brownie icecream Pig and Waffle Cherry bomb cocktail
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    Red's True BBQ: You have to try Red's

    by Pomocub Written May 6, 2014

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    Red's is a BBQ/Grill restaurant which recently opened at the start of 2014. Booking is not available and you are admitted on a first come, first served basis. If the restaurant is full you can either wait in the bar area or you can leave your phone number and have a walk around Deansgate and you will be contacted when a table becomes available. The first time I went was on a Friday evening at around 6pm and the restaurant was full with a two hour wait. I went back a few weeks later on a Sunday at 1pm and was given a table straight away.

    The restaurant is designed like an old warehouse and is a pretty cool place. The food is absolutely amazing.

    The service was great. Orders were taken fairly quickly and the food didn't take very long to arrive. Even though it is a popular restaurant I didn't feel rushed and the waiter wasn't constantly hovering which was nice.

    The portion sizes of the meals are pretty big so you should be hungry when you go.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite meal is the Donut Burger, yes it is a burger in sweet donut bread and it is absolutely delicious. This game with fries and I got slaw as an extra. Slaw is coleslaw but is made with garlic oil instead of mayonnaise.

    I also got macaroni cheese as a side which was also delicious but the portion size wasn't very big considering how much it cost.

    The donut burger, fries, slaw and a drink cost roughly £16-18

    Donut Buger, Fries and Slaw Home made iced tea
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    Sedge Lynn: Deco pub in Chorlton

    by tvor Written Apr 18, 2014

    J.D. Weatherspoons is a chain of pubs in the U.K. they often renovate old listed buildings and turn them into pubs and usually do a really nice job of it. There's a pub in Chorlton in the Manchester area called Sedge Lynn that used to be a pool hall and it's got lovely art deco styling inside and out including MacIntosh style stained glass on the windows and a high curved ceiling. The menu is the usual Weatherspoons menu but you always know what you get with them. And even then, the food can vary from pub to pub depending on the cook. Sedge Lynn does the food well and they have a decent selection of beer and ciders too.

    There's a ramp for easy mobility access and the toilets are on the level as well. Thursday is curry night and they have specials that come with a drink or two meals for a cheap price.

    Favorite Dish: I had a steak with breaded scampi and chips which was tasty. One of our party had a rack of barbeque ribs and another had the mixed grill (various types of meats). The pear cider I drank was lovely!

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    ChaoBaby: Thai Buffet in the Trafford Centre

    by tvor Written Apr 18, 2014

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    Restaurants in malls are not always anything to write home about but in the posh Trafford Centre in Manchester, there are quite a few decent ones. We tried a Thai buffet restaurant before the movies and were really pleased. It's called ChaoBaby. All they do is buffet but it's a very reasonable price and is all you can eat. The buffet isn't huge but there are a decent selection of appetizers, soup and salad, noodles and main courses with a small dessert bar as well. The food is displayed on tables surrounding the kitchen and seems very fresh. It was a good choice for a quick meal before the movies or while you're out shopping.

    It's on the second level of the mall around the huge food court, and not far from where you go in for the cinemas. Price is 12.95 GPB all day but on Friday and Saturday nights and bank holidays all day they charge 15.95 (cheaper for children,)

    Favorite Dish: We had a few appetizers and a bowl of yummy soup each though you have to let the server arrange the soup because they add extra things and steam it first before adding the broth and meat mixture to it. There was a green curry and a red curry as well as pad thai with several kinds of noodles and rice for main dishes.

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    Coriander: Indian excellence in Chorlton

    by tvor Written Apr 18, 2014

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    Coriander serves up Indian/Bengali food that is traditional yet unlike many Curry restaurants, they prepare their spices and ingredients fresh and from scratch and they aim to make their food a healthier alternative, using less fat, MSG and other less desirable ingredients. You can tell the difference but it's all good. In fact, it's excellent. Their prices are reasonable and the service is pretty good though can be a tad on the slow side. The wait was worth it.

    The menu has lots of items to choose from including vegetarian and vegan options. The Chorlton central location we went to has level access entry and toilets.

    There are three branches of Coriander, two in Chorlton and one in Withington. We went to the newest Chorlton location near the Chorlton bus terminal so it's easy to get to from the city center even without a vehicle. They'll also do takeaway.

    Favorite Dish: Our group had various items, I had the more traditional biriyani (lamb), and another of us had the chicken biriyani. Everything any of us ordered was really tasty.

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    The Waterhouse: Best breakfast of the visit

    by oriettaIT Written Mar 7, 2014

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    After having been unsatisfied by the Premierr Inn breakfast, the next day we decided to try something different and we stopped at the Waterhouse.
    It is a very welcoming place with fireplace and art in every room and a warm atmosphere.
    It is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 11pm and it serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Favorite Dish: We both ordered a traditional breakfast that include fried egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans
    .hash browns, tomato and toasted bread plus a bagel with cream cheese and coffee.
    Everything was very good and served right out of the stove, very hot.
    The bill was about 10£

    Traditional breakfast Bagel The entrance of the pub
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    The Lost Dene: Great pub for a easy meal

    by oriettaIT Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Near the John Rylands Library this pub attracted us for a quick lunch.
    They have a nice selection of food, either sandwich or warm dishes and of course great beer or cider.
    their menu offer some combined choices that will be very easy on the wallet.
    There are television usually transmitting sport event. Some table are in the back where it is a bit quieter.

    Favorite Dish: We decided to order from the budget menu, I ordered chicken tikka masale and my partner a meat pie with gravy, mashed potatoes and peas with a side of onion ring. Portion were big and the food was good and tasty.
    We drunk a Guinness and apple cider the bill was just 16£

    meat pie Chicken tikka masala
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    Jamies Italian: Jamie's Manchester

    by Balam Written Feb 18, 2014

    The first Jamie’s Italian opened on George Street in Oxford in 2008 when after touring Italy in jamies Italian Escape and declaring that he “should have been Italian”, the now-famous Jamie Oliver decided he wanted to share everything that he had learnt about Italian food and eating with the rest of the world and so with his old friend and trusted mentor Gennaro Contaldo (of Two Greedy Italians fame) He opened a restaurant to reflect the passionate, humble and great sociable attitude of Italians towards food.

    More Restaurants soon followed and in The February of 2012 the former Midland Bank building on King St Manchester opened, transformed into a beautiful restaurant that’s well worth a visit even if just to call in the shop or for a drink just to see the huge windows and pillars. You can even dine privately in what was the bank’s secure vault.

    Monday - Saturday
    12.00 noon - 11.00pm

    12.00 noon - 10.30pm

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    Patisserie Valerie: Posh bakery / coffee shop

    by Pomocub Written Feb 13, 2014

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    Patisserie Valerie is a bakery/ coffee shop located on Deansgate, Manchester. There are a few of these in Manchester now, the other one is located in Manchester Fort which is a small shopping complex at the bottom of Cheetham Hill Road.

    The cafe's are very pretty but the cakes are a bit pricey. When I went there I had a ham and cheese toasted croissant and a chocolate mousse cake and an Iced Tea. When I ordered the Iced Tea I was a little disappointed to be given a bottle of Liptop Iced Tea, I assumed it was going to be made up. For two people it came to about £20 which a little more expensive than average.

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    Castle in the Air: Surprisingly good meal

    by alancollins Written Feb 10, 2014

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    We tried out the Castle in the Air for an evening meal. We settled for a steak each and a free drink was included. Though it was only a basic meal we were not disappointed and it was tasty and well cooked. We both thought it was better than some other places we have been to recently and paid a lot more for the food. If we lived in the area this establishment would certainly be on the top of the list of places to eat.

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    Red Hot World Buffet and bar: All You Can Eat from Around The World!

    by suvanki Written Nov 23, 2013

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    Gareth had booked this restaurant for our groups Friday evening meal. With around 20 people, who have different tastes (and appetites) this was a good choice, especially with it being a set price (£14.99 for Friday Evening - November 2013) - check website for other prices

    Previously, we've eaten at Chinese 'All You Can Eat' Buffets. Red Hot Buffet offers cuisine from China as well as Japan, India, Thailand, Italy, England and Mexico.

    Well this was certainly a popular place! It is a large, quite stylish venue - at least two floors, and as far as I could see it was nearly full. I'm not a huge fan of these buffet places usually, but I enjoy the company at our VT meets! This place is ideal for groups, although the long tables mean that you can't chat to those more than a few seats away. We entered the restaurant by a flight of stairs. I'm not sure if there is alternative access for wheelchair users or those with mobility/respiratory problems.
    Children under 10 eat for half price. I was quite amused to see the children at the next table completely absorbed with their smart phones/ tablets.

    Our waitress explained that we had to use the upstairs bar to order our drinks. Then that we could go to the buffet as many times as we wanted. After each course you left your empty plate on the table and this was quickly removed. Apparently the time limit is 1.30 hours to 'Eat as much as you want'. The bar had a selection of wines, beers and spirits and served cocktails as well as soft drinks.

    So....... The Buffet Hall is quite large, with numerous displays of hot and cold delicacies. Most are labelled. Stations are arranged in the various cuisines, with chefs cooking some dishes to order. At the far end are desserts, which include a chocolate fountain, ice creams, cakes and hot puddings such as apple crumble.

    I picked a plate and selected a few starters - some of these were quite creative! I also had a wander round to see what else was available, ready for Round 2!
    All of the food was quite tasty, the hot food was hot and the cold dishes appropriately chilled.

    The staff were on hand to replenish empty pots - I was pleased to see that they removed these, before returning with a new full pot. I've seen where some places, where they just top up the half empty containers with fresh food - Yeukk!

    I selected a few Indian dishes for my main meal - and added a few other pieces from the Oriental selection. I realised when I was getting full, that I'd missed the crispy duck pancakes :-(

    I managed to squeeze in a selection of light desserts - avoiding the lurid blue ice cream!
    Although the buffet was busy, you didn't have to jostle to get to the food.

    Would I eat here again? Yes, if in a group. I wouldn't feel comfortable eating here by myself, though I think I spotted some couples eating at small tables on the floor above us.

    All in All, the food that I ate was tasty and of good quality and I enjoyed it far more than I anticipated.

    Deansgate and Red Hot World Buffet Place mat Round 1 - my starters Part of the Buffet Hall VTers tucking in!
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    Slattery's Patissier and Chocolatier: Slattery's Chocolate

    by Pomocub Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    Slattery's is a famous cake and chocolate shop in Manchester which specialises in hand making birthday & wedding cakes to order.Technically Slattery's is located in Bury but it is not difficult to get there by bus so I thought it would be nice to add this review to the Manchester page, I guess it is off the beaten path and not a lot of people who visit Manchester would think about going here. English celebrities often get their celebratory cakes made by Slattery. Downstairs is a chocolate store where you can buy a variety of different kinds of chocolates, truffles and sweet goods. Upstairs is Slattery's restaurant where you can eat.

    The only problem with the restaurant area is that because it is not a large area, it can get quite noisy. Lunch time and weekends do tend to get quite busy. If the restaurant is full when you arrive you are given a key fod which will vibrate and flash when your table is ready, so I would recommend that you go to the restaurant first and see if you have a table and if there isn't one ready you can browse the shop downstairs until your table becomes free.

    Opening times
    Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 5:30
    (Breakfast goods served till 11:30am
    last orders in coffee shop 4.00pm)
    Saturday: 9.00 - 4:30
    (last orders in coffee shop 3.00pm)
    Sunday: Closed

    Favorite Dish: My favourite thing from the Slattery menu is the "Slattery's world famous hot chocolate". You get a clear glass that has been lined with chocolate and sugar, filled with hot foamed milk with a slattery's chocolate coin on top. You mix in all the chocolate and it tastes like heaven on a spoon! It is quite expensive at £4.00 for glass but it does taste delicious.

    They also a variety of cakes, tarts, Sundaes and for those who prefer savoury, they serve salads, sandwiches and lasagne.

    World Famous Swiss Hot Chocolate Slattery
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    Buffet City: All you can eat for just over a tenner!

    by suvanki Updated Nov 9, 2013

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    This has been a popular place for VT meets, as Gillybob has booked this place for Friday nights, before her Annual Manchester Christmas Markets VT meet, or when VTers are in town, such as tini58de. There are some good bars/ heritage pubs nearby for after (or before) your meal
    Buffet City has branches in Manchester and Chester - Chinese and Oriental dishes.

    So, we arrived here at around 1900 hrs, and were shown to our table in a room off the main hall. This place was quite busy with works parties, families, couples etc.

    Drinks orders were taken (not cheap, but probably to compensate for the cheap food) Gilly and I shared a bottle of wine (£13.90).

    Then we had free rein of the buffet tables. There are over 60 starters/ mains/desserts to chose from - you can eat as little or as much as you want-return to stock up your plate whenever you want to.

    I missed out on the soup, and went for starters of pork ribs, crispy seaweed (deep fried cabbage) and parcels of meat and seafood with satay sauce dip. My next venture was for crispy duck pancakes with spring onions/cucumber and hoisin sauce.

    Then it was onto mains, when I probably over faced myself with my selection- I had an adequate portion, then discovered the Thai selection, which tipped me over the top. (Check the website below for menu choices)

    There was a debate on the table as to the best way to tackle the courses- Evans was to eat as much as you could quickly, before your body realised how much you'd eaten. Gilly's was to wait a while, then try again. My plan turned out to be between these two.

    I still managed to squeeze in a dessert of coconut flavoured algar jelly on Gilly's recommendation!

    Apparently you are entitled to 1.30 hours of seating and eating! I think we went over this time limit. At one point we had eaten plenty and were taking a breather, and we were waiting for Ricky and Sheila to arrive.

    It was quite hot, but the air con/fans were turned up high. Before long it was getting a bit chilly, and we were reaching for our jackets/jumpers etc.

    A waitress had appeared at the entrance to our room. Ricky and Sheila arrived, and.... the fans were turned off. Think the cold air is a way of moving people out! So bring layers!

    Open 7 Days a Week for lunch and dinner Buffets

    Mon - Thurs 11.30 - 18.00 (£5.50) and 18.00 - 22.30 (£8.90)
    Fri-Sat 11.30 - 18.00 (£5.50) and 18.00 - 23.30 (£9.90)
    Sunday - 11.30 - 22.30 (£6.80)
    Lunch customers must leave before 18.30
    Students and over 60's (10% discount (food only) with ID).
    Under 2's eat free.
    Under 8's and less than 132cm eat 1/2 price (food only)
    Cheques NOT Accepted. There is a Nat West a few metres away with an ATM.

    I'm not usually a fan of these 'Eat as much as you can for cheap' but I enjoyed this evening-Think it was more to do with the company!! The food was good though!

    UPDATE..... I ate here again recently-another VT meet! It cost £11 for the buffet this time.
    The place was full, and quite noisy-we were in the main room this time, within easy reach of the buffet!

    Favorite Dish: My favourite dishes are the starters, and the crispy duck pancakes (which I could eat all night)!!
    Again, I had to finish with the coconut algae jelly.

    Buffet City- The Buffet Buffet City-Entrance Buffet City - VTers Buffet City- Sheila and Vicky Buffet City- Gilly and Liesbeth
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    Missoula: Cheap food and drink - Piccadilly Gardens

    by suvanki Updated Nov 9, 2013

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    This was the venue for our VT meet to welcome MalenaN to Manchester, chosen for its location and reasonable prices.

    This branch of Missoula, was previously known as Edwards. Another branch can be found in Deansgate.
    There are Missoulas scattered around England, plus one in Cardiff and Glasgow (I later realised that I'd eaten at the one in Glasgow the previous year)

    Easily spotted, with its double fronted plate glass windows and colourful entrance.

    On 2 levels (with disabled access) and a rooftop terrace, with seating and patio heaters.

    Contemporary fittings and furnishings, with glass, chrome and reclaimed wood, subdued lighting.

    Both floors offer a mix of seating areas - tables with high stools or low tables and comfy chairs, sofas etc.

    Well stocked bar on the ground floor, where you also order your food.
    Open for breakfast, then last order for food is 22.00hrs.
    Unobtrusive background music. Some nights there is live music, or DJ's though.

    We decided to sit in the upper mezzanine floor, to spot others arriving. We later moved downstairs, as food was only served here when downstairs was full. (This was Monday night, so the clientele were mainly people dropping by after work, or meeting up with friends for a drink)

    There are some good Special Offers on the menu - Monday night was Buy a Main meal, get one free! Also, order a Pizza after 17.00 hrs and get a free drink. See the website for other offers/menu etc.

    We voted to go with the BOGOF! As there were 7 of us, we decided to split the bill equally, but when we placed our order, the barman pointed out that we were entitled to another free meal!
    Note your table number before ordering.

    All in All, a good place for our group to meet up for a few drinks, a meal and a chat.

    If you look out for the daily special offers, you can eat very cheaply, so good for anyone on a budget.

    Opening hours:

    Mon - Thurs 10am - Midnight
    Fri 10am - 1am
    Sat 8am - 1am
    Sun 8am - 12am

    Favorite Dish: Myself and Alyson chose gammon (7oz) with fried egg (an alternative was pineapple) and 'shoestring fries' - (French fries)! (for an extra 50p you could have curly fries instead) (£5.95)
    Three chose 'BBQ Smothered Chicken' -"Chicken breast topped with melted Swiss Cheese, sweet cured streaky bacon and BBQ sauce - served with shoestring fries and peas" (£6.25) 2 opted for Chicken Burritos, but these were 'off the menu' so they opted for lasagne, served with garlic herb bread and dressed salad (£5.50)
    We chose macaroni cheese, served with garlic herb bread and lettice with dressing as our 'extra free meal' to share as a side dish.

    When divided between us, this came to the grand price of £3.50 each!!

    I enjoyed my meal, although my gammon was a bit dry, so I was glad of the macaroni cheese to 'liven it up' a bit.

    A table full of food Drinks in the Upper mezzanine Relaxing over drinks My Gammon, egg and string fries! Gillys Smothered Chicken
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    Christmas Markets-Mulled Wine

    by suvanki Updated Nov 9, 2013

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    The smell and taste of Mulled Wine (Gluewein) is one of my favourite Manchester Christmas Markets experiences.
    It warms you up, and has a feel good factor!
    Here at the Manchester Christmas markets, you are served your hot mulled wine in a mug. For this you pay a £2 deposit, so you can keep your mug as a souvenir, or hand it back and re-claim your £2.
    If you keep your mug, you can get it re-filled at any of the stalls serving mulled wine throughout the days/ nights of November/ December that the Christmas Markets are open.

    Since 2008, I've tried many variations of mulled wine, sometimes with fruit flavourings- cherry or raspberry or with added rum.

    I've also amassed a collection of 'Manchester Christmas Markets mugs' - as the design changes each year now, they make a useful souvenir.

    Mulled Wine Stall
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