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    Ho's Bakery: Don't miss the Roast Pork Buns

    by Balam Written Feb 18, 2008

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    Ho's Bakery has been in Manchesters Chinatown for years and has always been a great place to call in and pick up some Fabulous freshly-made sweet and savoury pastries, dumplings and buns which many loyal customers enjoy al fresco in the square beneath the Chinese arch. Soups, including an excellent hot and sour, are just £1 and pastries range from only 85p. The variety is tremendous; from seafood or curry chicken pasties and roast port buns to satay beef rolls, spring onion fritters and fried pork dumplings. Sweet varieties include crystal cake, custard buns, almond cookies and delicious honey buns. If it's raining you can eat in the spotless and modern cafe/bar are inside.

    Favorite Dish: When i am in Manchester i can't resist calling in for a Roast Pork Bun and a sweet bean paste ball. You can buy extra and take some home.

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    Dimitri's: Meze Heaven

    by Balam Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    Dimitri's is a Greek Taverna/Restaraunt and specialises in the Greek version of Tappas (Mezes) there is a restaraunt as well which serves main courses but most people will just sit in the Taverna part or outside under the covered arcade and order a variety of different mezes
    It is a great Place to go for a meal and is very popular so book if you want to go at a weekend night.

    ( special offer is 7 different kinds for £35) or maybe just one as a snack.
    It is also one of the few places that sell Mythos beer.

    Favorite Dish: The Chicken Garos was great.
    Mixed greek plates are really good.

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    The Hellfire Club: Grimly Fiendish

    by Balam Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    Claiming to be the UK's only horror themed restaurant, The Hellfire Club is certainly an experience you won't forget. Greeted by the 300 year old Aubrey, you will be shown to your table and sat down on huge wooden chairs.
    The staff are extremely friendly and will come and have a chat with you, and join in on your conversations.
    The wall's are decorated with skeleton's, mummies, coffins and cobwebs, and other ghastly items.
    There is a fantastic themed menu, with such dishes as 'Soup of the Dead', 'Spike of Death', 'The Kiss of the Vampire', the vegeterian 'Gut Buster', 'The Hellfire Sundae' and 'Moulds of Desire'. The food here is to die for (no pun intended), and you definately wont be hungry afterwards.

    Favorite Dish: I had a sirloin steak in a pepper sauce, with chunky chips and vegetables (can't remember it's name), and it was amazing, cooked exactly as I had asked.

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    WONG CHU: Traditional and Great

    by Balam Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    sadly Wong Chu has closed down the premises are now a Sushi bar. but in memory of this excellent restaraunt i will leave the Tip on here, If it apeals to you the Restaraunt next door 'Happy Seasons' is just the same as Wong Chu was, see my review.

    This unpretentious and bustling café-style restaurant with roast ducks hanging in the window like a trademark has long been a favourite with Chinese food lovers on a budget. The menu lists all the traditional Chinatown favourites, but the Wong Chu scores best with its excellent choice of one-plate specialities modestly-priced between £4 and £6.

    Favorite Dish: Delights like roast duck, crispy roast pork, prawns, chicken, squid, bean curd or vegetables are served simply with rice or noodles or as soup-noodle combinations although you can not beat the Beef Briskit and Noodle soup.

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    The Shakespeare: A Frequent Haunt

    by Balam Updated Sep 17, 2009

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    The Shakespeare is located in the centre of Manchester, adjacent to Primark, Historically, the complete pub was moved from Chester in 1926 where it was known as the Shambles. Today it still has the black and white Tudor facade, old wooden floors, oak beams and even a ghost, believed to be a kitchen maid!
    This is a Pub i always call in for a pint when i am in Manchester but as well as a wide range of Alcholic drinks they also serve great food, Traditional English or more modern choice of food can be eaten anywhere in the pub or upstairs in the restaurant. This area can also be booked for private parties.
    They have just started a brand new menu with some fantastic looking Sausage dishes

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    The Old Wellington: Beer And Food

    by Balam Updated Feb 1, 2009

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    Dating back to 1550, The Old Wellington pub is a Grade Two listed building which is reputed to be one of Manchester’s oldest buildings.

    The Old Wellington has watched as the face of Manchester has changed over the last 500 years. The pub has played host to the people who founded the city’s first bank, its cotton industry, and built its first quay, providing trading links with the world. The inventor of phonetic shorthand also lived here and other inhabitants founded churches and hospitals.

    The Old Wellington was originally situated in The Shambles, which was, for centuries, an important market area. The earliest reference to a building on the site appears in 1328 although detailed analysis has put the actual date of construction of the current building circa 1550. Originally built by the Ratcliffe’s of Ordsall, the most famous occupants were the Byrom family, whose fortunes were founded on a highly successful drapery business. John Byrom born in the house was famed as inventing a system of phonetic shorthand, the forerunner of Pitman’s shorthand.

    The Old Wellington has stood the test of time, surviving wars, a terrorist bomb and city redevelopment. This last redevelopment activity saw the building painstakingly dismantled, relocated 100 metres and reassembled. The Old Wellington reopened in its current location, gateway to the city’s medieval quarter, late in 1999.

    Favorite Dish: The Old Wellington is famed for its Wellington Hot Pot and Beef Wellington, alongside a range of other delicious meals, the pies are fantastic (see pictures)

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    The OX: The OX

    by Balam Updated Sep 17, 2009

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    The Ox is in a great location, the building and the decor are top notch, it's a really nice traditional pub. They have a good menu, however some of the prices seem quiet high, what you'd expect to pay in some of Manchester's top establishments. The food has won prizes.
    And it's a great place to do a bit of Coronation Street star spotting.

    It is also a small Hotel with 9 rooms from £45

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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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    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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    Nandos: Cozy Chic Chicken

    by Balam Written May 13, 2009

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    One of 3 Nandos in Manchester centre this one is situated within the PrintWorks.
    The restaurant is tastefully decorated in a Portuguese African style and has a great cozy atmosphere which is more Portuguese than African unlike the one in Ashton which was more African
    You can pick your choice of main item then you can pick a from a choice of 2 side dishes I had a 1/2 chicken with Extra Hot Piri Piri served with Chips and Coleslaw and my son had 5 Chicken wings with medium Piri Piri Rice and Garlic bread (we shared the coleslaw and garlic bread) both meal were very filling and delicious especially with the extra sauces etc. that you can add. For desert we had a Pastais de Natais each and although they were not the best ones i have had they were a lot nicer than they looked.
    we had a bottles of beer each and of course we had Portuguese Beer Sagres which is my favourite

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    Koh Samui: Great Thai

    by Balam Updated Apr 30, 2012

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    This is a great Thai restaurant that first opened it's doors as Chiang Rai and then after changing hands in 1999 it became Koh Samui. Whilst Chiang Rai specialised in food from Northern Thailand the Restaurant now serves great Southern Thailand food in a light and well decorated Basement level area, Great service and Lovely well presented food makes for a great Thai experience that i would recommend to everyone

    Favorite Dish: My favourite Thai dish's are Spicy Thai Fish Cakes, Dry Red beef Curry and Beef in oyster sauce but when i used to work at a Thai restaurant i would have the peanut sauce that they serve as a dip for satay on some rice for my lunch.

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    Sinclaires Oyster Bar: Old But Modern

    by Balam Updated Sep 15, 2009

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    Sinclairs Oyster Bar dates from 1720, and, though most things about Manchester have changed since then (including the Pubs position), it still serves its succulent oysters, along with substantial pub meals. In centuries gone by, The Shambles were The Old Wellington and Sinclairs originaly stood was then on the main route from London to Carlisle, so it was a major stopping off point, for all kinds of hungry travellers and traders heading north and south. These day it is still a favoured place of resort, for visitors and commuters in search of a quick beer or bite before returning to home or work.

    Sadly the Interior is a bit of a let down after the exterior and is a bit plain and the large stack of plastic 'glasses' are somewhat unsightly so if its atmosphere you want then go to the Old Wellington but if money is tight then Sinclairs is much cheaper. (2 and half pints of lager just £4.25) but if your going to sit outside in the 2 pubs shared outside seating then Sinclairs is the place to buy your drinks.

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    Siam Orchid: Best Thai

    by Balam Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    I remember the day the Siam Orchid opened, it was the first Thai restaurant in Manchester then and it is still the First on my list.
    It was opened by Master Woody who taught us Tae Kwon Do and Thai Boxing and so it was a place that we frequented quite a bit, even making a stand against the local triad type organization over some regular payments they wanted. After that some of my Friends worked here while i worked in another Thai restaurant on Princess St Chiang Rai (which has since changed its name) and the Siam Orchid has changed Hands.

    Not having been to The Siam Orchid for quite some time we visited to 'celebrate. my son going away to university the day after. We had the set menu for 4 (B) at £27 per person.
    The Beautiful waitress's were certainly second to none in both appearance and service and the food was lovely and there was plenty of it. From the most delicious prawn crackers to the fantastic Thai pancake and Ice cream sweet. The Fantastically crisp and tasty sweet and sour fish to the lovely spicy Thai red Curry all will make your mouth water and your belly full.

    If you like Thai food or have never tried it this is the place for you. You certainly will not be disappointed and you will definitely go back for more.

    And we did, on the 12/0710 we had a great meal (we picked it off the set meal menu) and it was really lovely. if i had to find a fault it would be that there was no beautiful Thai waitress to serve us which made the restaurant seem slightly lacking in something.

    Favorite Dish: Dry curry with beef, Beef with Oyster sauce

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    Dai Pai Dong: Great Sushi

    by Gillybob Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    This great little sushi 'restaurant' has now opened in the new Manchester Arndale Market. Whilst it is a little on the exposed side (being that it occupies a double market stall) and is a little on the cramped side, it has great sushi at very reasonable prices.

    The sushi train plates vary from GBP2.50 to GBP4.00 per plate with some exceptionally sized portions.

    Right next door you can pick up a sushi box or make up your own or purchase other oriental dishes for take away.

    Favorite Dish: Tuna nigiri - absolutely great and fresh as a daisy!

    *** Update : February 2011 ***

    Unfortunately, the restaurant area has now closed but the take-away area is still open and offering sushi to take away along with other traditional oriental dishes.

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    Bella Italia: Lovely Italian

    by Balam Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    The rustic feel of this high class Italian restaurant gives you an immiediate sense of authenticity as you enter, and as you are greeted by the polite staff. The interior was well decorated and you really do feel as though you are in a quiet Italian suburb.
    The food was simply delicious, and when you take in to account the quality it is reasonably priced.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Lasagne, and then shared a Godfather Pt. 2 for desert. The lasagne was fantasticaly flavoured and cooked to perfection.
    The Godfather Pt. 2 was icecream with fudge and chocolate, and again was absaloutly delicious.

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