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    Siam Orchid: The Original Thai Taste

    by Evenith666 Updated Oct 11, 2013

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    The Siam Orchid, located in Chinatown was the first Thai restaurant in Manchester, and is still serving the most authentic Thai food in the city! This is a great little restaurant on Portland Street, and the food here is sure to leave you wanting more. My first visit here was the night before i left for university, after my family had been saying for a long time that they would have to take me.

    My father visited the restaurant with my grandparents for his 21st birthday, and the then owner had ordered some prawn crackers especially for the occasion from Hong Kong, and my grandfather still maintains that they were the best he has ever tasted.

    This place is certainly high up on the list of the best restaurants in Manchester.

    Favorite Dish: Everything from this restaurant is fantastic, and I really cannot fault it, and the only bad thing that ever happened was simply my own fault (watch out for whole chillis in the hot and sour soup! Speaking from experience, you will be in agony if you eat one by accident and it will ruin the rest of your meal!)

    Having said that, the Hot and Sour soup is delicious, as are the spare ribs.

    We usually order form the set menu, and change one or two dishes, as we always find it so difficult to decide what to eat here!

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    Carluccio's (Piccadilly): Fantastico!

    by Balam Updated Sep 9, 2013

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    If you have time when passing through Piccadilly station why not stop by Carluccio's Cafe up on the first floor! If you don't have time for food why not just have a coffee from there range of traditional and fancy Italian coffees and if its before 12:00 then they are only £1!! yes thats cheaper than Ritazza, The mayfield or the new sports bar that opened a couple of months ago and the quality is far higher. If you have time you can always have a pastry as well and that will only cost you £2 with a coffee in the mornings, I recently had a Croissant and it was the best i have ever tasted, lovely and fresh and served with a friendly smile which is great at 08:40 in the morning, if you don't have time to sit down or not hungry just yet you can even pick up a packed lunch to eat on the train, In fact you don't even have to be going on a train to visit you could even visit especially just for lunch or dinner.

    The food is really really good,

    And there is a small shop that you can buy some selected items from! (there is a much larger shop at the spinning fields cafe!

    But the food....

    Its good.

    Really good, just go!

    Why are you still reading this? get to Carluccio's!!

    Oh and the Staff are really friendly and helpful!

    Favorite Dish: All of it!

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    The Bank: Splendid Pub

    by Balam Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    The Bank is another on of those great Nicholsons classic pubs, one of two in Manchester the other being the Old Wellington.
    It's a great pub and like all of Nicholson's Pubs the service, drinks and food are all first class. Nicholson's are reputed for their distinctive buildings with intriguing history and the Bank is probably one of the most interesting. Originally it was the Portico Library It was conceived in 1803 by a group of businessmen and built from stone in a neo-classical style.
    The library and newsroom opened in 1806
    The Ground floor did eventually become a bank but the Portico Library still survives upstairs. The entrance is at the side of the pub.

    Service is always friendly and quick, It can get very busy though.

    Opening Times:
    Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 23:30
    Friday to Saturday: 10:00 - 00:30
    Sunday: 10:00 - 23:30

    Food is served : 10:00 - 22:00

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    Lou Macari Fish & Chip Shop: Chips, Peas and Gravy

    by vichatherly Updated May 23, 2013

    A fine array of pre-match traditional fare can be found in this busy establishment.

    Chips, peas and gravy is the usual for me, althouigh i used to add the additional meat pudding to the order, but it can be a bit of a belly buster.

    This Manchester chippy has been going for years, and is named after Lou Macari, the Scottish midfielder who graced the red shirt of Manchester United between 1973–1984. He made 400 appearances for the club, scoring 98 goals.

    There are stories that he still has something to do with the ownership of this shop, but of that I couldn't be sure...tasty chips though.

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    Wagamama: Japanese Fast Paced Food

    by vichatherly Updated May 23, 2013

    This is a recent addition to the restaurants that are springing up over the ship canal canal in Media City.

    It's a good place for pre Old Trafford meal as the service is fast paced.

    The food is always fresh and tasty and so it makes a healthy alternative to chips, peas and gravy.

    Favorite Dish: the menus is that usual stuff for the restaurant chain. It's Japanese food by way of noodles and soup with noodles.

    The last time I visited the restaurant I was feeling brave and so went for the "firecracker".

    Tender marinated chicken breast or prawns stir-fried
    with mangetout, red hot chillies, red and green
    peppers, spring and white onions in a fiery sweet
    and hot sauce. served with steamed white rice and
    garnished with shichimi, sesame seeds and lime

    It was nice and hot ... beautiful.

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    Carluccio's (Spinningfields): Fantastico nuovo!

    by Balam Updated May 20, 2013

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    Carluccio's at Spinningfields if bigger than the one in Piccadilly station with a much larger shop, i was hoping it would have a fresh foods counter like the one in Cardiff but sadly it does not :( That did not stop us from eating some lovely food and then buying Pasta, Coffee and Olive Oil from the shop though.

    The food and service is great, i had The Mozzarella Fusa (Melting Buffalo mozzarella, roasted peppers, sliced Parma ham and rocket) to start followed by a most fantastic Bistecca Di Bue Con Patate (8oz Ribeye steak with rosemary potatoes and a pepolata-red pepper sauce) all followed by a Chilled glass of Limoncello!

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    Buffet City: Great Chinese

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Dec 12, 2012

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    All you can eat Chinese food buffet with food made fresh on the premises,perfect for groups,family outings,friends on a night out or couples.Plenty of choice wether its chicken,beef,fish,pork with lots of different noodles,rice,vegetables and even desserts,there's something here for everyone.Air conditioned,High chairs available,Licensed,Private functions,take-away and childrens menu all available.Prices sart at £5.50 per adult at lunchtime menu and £11.50 for evening menu.
    Opening times:Sun till Thu:10.30-22.30,Fri till Sat:10.30-23.30.

    Favorite Dish: All the food here was exceptional so its hard to choose,i like my meat and there was plenty to choose from.

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    The Metropolitan: Bistro pub food in Didsbury

    by tvor Written Nov 28, 2012

    We spent a very relaxing evening at the Metropolitan in West Didsbury, close to Whalley Range in Manchester recently. The venu is quite large, with a pub on one side and a more formal restaurant on the other. There's a large outdoor seating area as well for nice weather. They have a parking lot as well with free parking, always a bonus. There are fireplaces, and also some large screen televisions but they aren't intrusive, not in the section where we were sitting.

    The menu had interesting choices, a step above the usual "pub grub" with vegetarian options available, with good sized portions and some very interesting drinks choices. We had some cider, raspberry and also a pear cider which was delicious! They do a breakfast (opening at 10 a.m. so it's more of a brunch) and they do afternoon tea. Most main courses between 10 and 15 pounds with a steak at nearly 20 as the most expensive thing. The sandwiches and starters are under 10. I think our total bill was about 90 pounds for four people including a drink.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Metropolitan burger and it was massive and really tasty. Others had fish and chips and bangers and mash and we all loved what we'd ordered. Portions are large, food is fresh and well cooked and presented.

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    Bem Brasil: Alimentos fantásticas

    by Balam Updated Nov 19, 2012

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    Imagine a Buffet restaurant with a great selection of foods all top quality, everything from salads to roasted, boiled and chipped potatoes, Cous Cous to Beef stew, Cured meats and Brazilian side dishes, Chick peas to some stuff in shiny silver containers that you just don’t have room to fit in never mind being able to move to have a look because your that full of lovely food! we your imagining what it’s like at Bem Brasil.

    We went on a damp Monday afternoon but walking in you are immediately whisked off to Brasil with the great decor and fantastic atmosphere. !
    We were shown to our table and explained how the restaurant works, Its simple really, you go to the buffet get some food and return to your table were you eat your food, However not long after sitting down the Meat waiters come around with lovely barbecued meats and carve slices off at your table, you grab them with the tongues provided and put it on your plate till you have enough. not long after another waiter will come around with a different meat and carve it for you. It was really fantastic,
    The Lamb was lovely, by far the best Lamb I have ever tasted and the Rump steak was delicious as were the sausages and the Gammon, oh the Gammon was divine!!
    A nice little touch is the yes and no discs that are on your table, if its green side up (Sim, por favor) they will keep coming with more food and if you turn it to Red (Não obrigado) they won’t come so you can have a bit of a breather. You can of course get up and go back to the buffet as many times as you want.

    When you have had enough and if you have room you can order a desert, I did not have one but Vicki had a lovely Crème Caramel.

    LUNCH: (Noon to 4pm), Monday to Friday: £12.50
    Vegetarian £8.00, Saturday & Sunday: £17.50

    Meats available at Lunch are:
    Leg of Lamb, Gammon, Rump Steak, Spicy Chicken Thighs, Pork Sausage, Cap of Rump
    And Roasted Cinnamon Pineapple

    Although there is plenty of food to eat at lunch the Dinner menu is truly massive! But it is also twice the price!

    DINNER: (From 4pm), Monday to Sunday:£24.50
    Vegetarian (Mon to Fri): £12.50. (Sat & Sun): £17.50

    Meats available at Dinner are:
    Smoked Gammon, Cap of Rump, Rump Steak, Leg of Lamb, Chilli Chicken, Chicken Hearts, Chicken wrapped in Pancetta, Beef Ribs, Sirloin Steak, Prime Brazilian Pork Sausage, Beef Skirt, Garlic Cap of Rump, Chilli Beef, Pork Ribs
    PLUS
    Roasted Cinnamon Pineapple and Roasted Garlic Bread

    There is another Restaurant on Lever St in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and they have one in Liverpool

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    BEM Brasil: A Great Experience

    by Myfanwe Written Nov 13, 2012

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    BEM Brasil is a wonderful unique restaurant which will have you yearning for a return visit not long after the first! We visited the restaurant in Deansgate on a Mondy afternoon. Between 12 and 4pm you can eat as much as you like from the Rodizio Menu. You are invited to help yourself (as many times as you want) to the buffet where you will find a great choice which includes; dressed salads, cous cous, garlic mushrooms, butternut squash, olives and a lovely tasting beef stew. As you return to your seat, the meat waiters call round to your table with a neverending choice of meats. The meats are carved at your table right in front of you, all you have to do is catch your slice of meat using the tongs provided as the meat is carved off the skewer. As soon as you near the end of one portion, the waiters are around offering you more. We had gammon, rump steak and lamb among others. On the table you will find a cardboard disc, red on one side and green on the other. If you want a break from the non-stop meat feast you turn the disc to red but if you want more, you show the green side up. The whole experience was fantastic, everything I had from the buffet was delicious and the meats were mouth wateringly good especially the Lamb which was really tender... Mmmm. Surprisingly enough, I did manage to find room for a desert, I though it would be rude not to! I had the Caramel pudding, it was lovely.

    The Rodizio costs; 12-4pm - Monday to Friday £12.50, £17.50 Saturday and Sunday
    Evening Rodizio from 4pm costs £24.50 (Monday to Sunday)

    The Deansgate retaurant has a small cosy restaurant downstairs but has a huge room upstairs (260 seats) which is ideal for booking larger groups such as VT meetings :-)

    I would recommend you book in advance if visiting BEM Brasil, it was very busy when we visited on a Monday afternoon.

    BEM Brasil also has restaurants in Lever Street, Manchester and Hanover Street, Liverpool.

    Favorite Dish: The butternut squash and garlic mushrooms from the buffet were delicious, the Lamb fresh off the skewers was very good indeed.

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    The Mayfield: A Fab waiting room

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 13, 2012

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    The Mayfield, formerly The Balcony Bar is situated on the upper level of Manchester Picadilly train station, it provides an ideal way to start your journey with a relaxing drink or a bite to eat. There is plenty of seating available overlooking the main foyer of the station where you can keep an eye on the departures and arrival boards. I had some time to spare on my journey back to Cardiff so I called in for some lunch and a drink. I had the chilli con carne which was delicious. Look out for the meal deals where you can get a main meal and a drink for under eight pounds. If you are in a hurry there are some options available on the menu marked with "E", it states that meals will be served to you within 13 minutes or they will give you your money back.

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    The Windmill: Carvery in Denton

    by Benson35 Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    I have eaten at this pub for years. The pub itself is quite big. There are three specific areas where you can eat, a bar area with tables and chairs, and a separate room with large flat-screen TVs, a pool table and tables and chairs.
    The bar prices are average for your local pub.
    The pub is part of the Crown Carveries chain and there are many over England.
    At The Windmill, you go to the bar and purchase a carvery ticket and your drink (put your drinks and coats down at the table you fancy and nobody else will take it).
    Next, get in the queue. Sometimes there are only two or three people infront of you if that, at peak times, you may queue for 15 minutes or more.
    The chef behind the food area will ask you what you would like. There are options of beef, gamon and turkey (sometimes pork on a Sunday). You can have just one meat, a choice of two, or all three; it's up to you. You are asked if you would like Yorkshire Puddings, then given your plate.
    Move along to where the vegetables are and put on your plate as much or a little as you like. Generally, the vegetables are peas, sweetcorn, green beans, swede, cauliflower, carrots, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes or sometimes, mashed potatoes. These are subject to change.
    If at the end on your meal you want more vegetables, go and get some!
    There are vegetarian options and some Crown Carveries serve breakfast.

    The prices depend on the day off the week:
    £3.99 - Monday to Saturday
    £7.29 - Sundays
    £3.49 - Children's meal
    £3.99 - Children's meal (Sundays)

    At The Windmill, breakfast is served Friday - Sunday 9am - 11am. The pub is open from 11am - 11pm, and the carvery is served 11am - 9.30pm.

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    Bella Italia: Not bad since we're not in Italy!

    by Benson35 Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    Good selection of Italian foods on the menu, with a separate children's menu too.
    Not big on the hard hitting flavours as you would find in Italy, but still tasty and enjoyable!! (It's hard for me to compare Italian food when I've sampled so many Italian dishes in Italy!)
    Between us we enjoyed the variety of the menu, trying each others dishes!

    The restaurant is clean and spacious. The service is great and very friendly & attentive. The toilets are spick and span (clean), and they welcome children with having little activity packs for them to enjoy whilst waiting for their food. You also have the option to sit inside or out.
    The pricing is average for a chain restaurant.

    Monday - Saturday 10am - 11pm
    Sunday 10am - 10.30pm

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    Tondori Royale: Curry in Burnage

    by Benson35 Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    There is plenty of choice on the menu, which I am sure will please everybody.
    The food we had a very nice; lots of flavour and a good sized portion. The restaurant gives a good first impression, but on closer inspection, you can see where there have been leaks from the celing down the wall, and cracks on the celing.
    The service was not great here, but the place was full and always has people in when I regulary pass.

    The thing I did like was at the end of your meal, you were given warm cloths to wipes your hands and face if necessary, and a slice of orange each along with a chocolate mint.

    Would I go back? Hmmmm, it wouldn't be my first choice in the area, but I'd never say never.

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    Felicini: A nice Italian dinner

    by ettiewyn Updated Jun 29, 2012

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    I had planned to visit a vegetarian restaurant close to Oxford Road train station, but I just could not find that restaurant (maybe it was not there anymore). So I looked for an alternative and when I saw this Italian restaurant I decided to have dinner there.

    It was a good decision! The interior was very nice and staff were very friendly, too. It was no problem to order a pizza without cheese, and it was the first time ever that the waiter offered to put another ingredient onto the pizza in change for the cheese! I thought that this was very good service.

    The pizza was delicious, and I would definitely go there again.

    Felicini is a small chain with six restaurants in this part of England.

    Favorite Dish: I had a vegetarian pizza with spinach, olives and mushrooms.

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