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Here you’ll find details of my many restaurant visits; from Manchester to London and beyond. From Michelin starred fine-dining establishments to local hidden gems, sushi to burgers and all that’s in between.

Although I call them ‘reviews’ I like to think these posts are more like a journal of my dining out experiences.

Simon Rogan @ The French. Even More Magical The Second Time!

Simon Rogan @ The French. Even More Magical The Second Time!

Last month, The French restaurant in Manchester’s Midland Hotel reopened with superchef Simon Rogan in the kitchen. I had the pleasure of being the first customer on the very first lunch service which went amazingly well as you can read here (I won’t go into detail about dishes that were exactly the same as this visit). I’ve been desperate to return ever ... Read More »

A Quick Trip To Mughli In Rusholme

A Quick Trip To Mughli In Rusholme

Recently I visited Mughli in Rusholme, Manchesters ‘curry mile’. It was late and a last minute decision following an event at the Manchester Academy as we felt like a change from our usual post gig Indian restaurant, Zouk. I’ve always loved the vibe around Rusholme but never found a restaurant where the standard of food quite lives up to it. ... Read More »

Stunning Sushi From UmeZushi! , Manchester

Stunning Sushi From UmeZushi! , Manchester

I don’t claim to be an expert in Japanese food, in fact, i’ll probably never be an expert in any cuisine since my tastes are so wide and varied. I have been fond of Japanese food though since visiting an amazing restaurant in Barcelona almost 10 years ago. It’s a cuisine I have neglected in recent years until a very ... Read More »

Have You Tried A.N.A.L?

Have You Tried A.N.A.L?

Regular readers will know I’m a massive chilli freak; I put loads of fresh chilli in pretty much everything I cook at home and use chilli powder and cayenne pepper like salt. When i’m out almost everything ‘hot’ isn’t hot enough for me; Nando’s ‘Extra-Hot’ just isn’t and Almost Famous suicide sauce certainly didn’t make me reach for a noose. ... Read More »

T&Cake, Almondbury, Huddersfield

T&Cake, Almondbury, Huddersfield

T&Cake is a modern café just outside Huddersfield in the pretty village of Almondbury, West Yorkshire. They serve interesting sandwiches and small snacky dishes along with a huge selection of bespoke teas, coffee and loads of cake. It’s owned and managed by Stephen & Tracy Jackson who gave up running a fine-dining restaurant after 20 years to follow their dream. ... Read More »

SoLita’s New Lunch Menu & The Rather Special Manc-Hattan

SoLita’s New Lunch Menu & The Rather Special Manc-Hattan

Last Monday one of my favourite Manchester restaurants SoLita launched their new lunch menu, on paper it looked like fantastic value so I paid them a visit to find out. The menu is available on weekdays  and currently contains 11 items priced at £5.95 each as well as Fries (£1.50) and Sweet Potato Fries (£2.50). I’ve no doubt that this will ... Read More »

Almost Famous Burgers, Manchester. I Was Wrong

Almost Famous Burgers, Manchester. I Was Wrong

I’ve sort of wanted to eat at Almost Famous for a long time, sort of. I was certain that i’d love the food (based on photos, reviews and general reputation) but equally sure that I wouldn’t be able to deal with that whole ‘oh so cool’, ‘hey look at us, we’re so frickin edgy’ attitude. Not to mention the hipsters that eat ... Read More »

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn – Mexican Sunshine In Manchester!

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn – Mexican Sunshine In Manchester!

Despite it being the talk of the town for most of 2012 and knowing that i’ll absolutely love the food I am still yet to visit Almost Famous in Manchester for various reasons. I’m not a hipster, I’m not really a fan of queuing for food but mainly because their marketing really annoys me. However, I couldn’t resist visiting ‘Miracle ... Read More »

A Better Breakfast At ‘Leaf On Bold Street’, Liverpool

A Better Breakfast At ‘Leaf On Bold Street’, Liverpool

I’ve had many a big night out in Liverpool which required a full English breakfast the next morning. Despite being a food geek (obviously) and if i’m honest a bit of a food snob, for some reason it has always been at the same old dodgy greasy spoon which makes the losers cafe on The Apprentice look like The Ritz. ... Read More »

Chorlton Green Brasserie

Chorlton Green Brasserie

I love good food but that doesn’t mean i’m obsessed with fine-dining and Michelin stars. I’m just as excited by simple food cooked properly using high quality ingredients. When looking for a place to stop at for lunch somewhere on the route back from Etrop Grange I somehow came across Chorlton Green Brasserie. It only opened in October 2012 but ... Read More »

Revisiting Italia, Manchester

Revisiting Italia, Manchester

I last visited Italia back in November whilst it was still in it’s ‘soft launch’ period after being rebranded under new management. I had a fantastic time that night with the only disappointment being a lack of interesting desserts, this was understandable as the restaurant had only been open a couple of weeks and the menu was still under development. ... Read More »

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