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World Cup Challenge 2014 – 32 Dishes. 32 Countries. 32 Days!

World Cup Challenge 2014 – 32 Dishes. 32 Countries. 32 Days!

Before the World Cup started I had what at the time seemed like a great idea; to cook a dish from every country competing before the end of the tournament. 32 dishes from 32 countries in 32 days. Sounds easy right? It turned out to be more of a challenge than I’d anticipated, I didn’t take into account how often ... Read More »

Street Feast, Dalston Yard, London – Proper, EPIC Street Food

Street Feast, Dalston Yard, London – Proper, EPIC Street Food

I’ve really enjoyed the surge in Manchester’s street food scene lately but on a recent London trip I realised it’s still got a long way to go. After spending the day eating my way through a variety of the capital’s street food offerings I was genuinely surprised at how good it was. Starting with Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market ... Read More »

‘Let’s Have A Meating’ by The Drunken Butcher

‘Let’s Have A Meating’ by The Drunken Butcher

I’ve been to many supper clubs over the past nine months but none more regularly than the ‘Drunken Butcher’s‘ aka Iain Devine. His food is always fantastic and he somehow keeps coming up with new, interesting concepts. Most recently I attended his American themed ‘Deep South Feast’ but before that there was the aptly named ‘Let’s Have A Meating’. In preparation for the ... Read More »

Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, London

Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, London

Post-gig, late night eating at home generally consists of dodgy kebabs or overpriced Domino’s pizza. Not so in London where after the recent Arctic Monkeys gig at Finsbury Park I finally made it to Japanese ramen bar ‘Bone Daddies’, located just a short walk from Chinatown in Soho. Bone Daddies – run by Ross Shonhan who was previously head chef at Nobu ... Read More »

National Restaurant Awards 2014 Winners

National Restaurant Awards 2014 Winners

Last night saw the 7th annual ‘National Restaurant Awards’, organised by Restaurant Magazine to recognise the top 100 UK restaurants. As voted for by ‘industry experts’ including restauranteurs, chefs, food critics & journalists. Lists such as this are always subjective and with the stipulation that voters must have eaten in the restaurant within the past 12 months it’s always likely ... Read More »

Suckling Pig Banquet at Red’s True Barbecue (With Gordo)

Suckling Pig Banquet at Red’s True Barbecue (With Gordo)

It’s ever so slightly awkward turning up to an event to find it’s hosted by a man who threatened and upset your friends just days earlier, simply for asking a question. It happened when I was invited to a ‘Suckling Pig Banquet’ at Red’s True Barbecue by Manchester Confidential and arrived to find ManCon’s infamous founder ‘Gordo’, aka Mark Garner at ... Read More »

Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road, London

Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road, London

I’ve had a bit of a thing about sourdough pizzas since discovering Streatza early last year, they blew me away with the quality of their product despite working from the back of a 1969 Citroen van. Since then i’ve also enjoyed several amazing pizzas from Honest Crust who are somehow even better. Both are street food vendors though as unfortunately ... Read More »

The Lowry Restaurant – The Best Pre-Theatre Dining I’d Never Heard Of

The Lowry Restaurant – The Best Pre-Theatre Dining I’d Never Heard Of

Whilst I certainly don’t consider myself a regular theatre goer I have been to The Lowry at Salford Quays a couple of times. Besides an enjoyable meal at nearby Damson i’d always eaten in Manchester before the show as the only other options in the area are uninspiring chain restaurants. Or so I thought. I was genuinely surprised when contacted by Mike, the food manager at ... Read More »

Gymkhana, Mayfair, London – 2014 National Restaurant Awards Winner!

Gymkhana, Mayfair, London – 2014 National Restaurant Awards Winner!

* Edit * On 30th June 2014 Gymkhana was named #1 in the National Restaurant Awards ‘Top 100‘ * I grew up eating in Indian restaurants on a regular basis but as my tastes evolved I somehow neglected them in favour of seemingly more exciting cuisines. Perhaps unfairly but more likely caused by one too many average meals in mediocre local ‘curry houses’. ... Read More »

A.Wong, London – Fantastic Value, Stunning Dim Sum

A.Wong, London – Fantastic Value, Stunning Dim Sum

Although Manchester’s dining scene is thriving it’s still lacking a couple of things for me. One of them being the availability of quality dim sum, as with the exception of Yang Sing most other options are inconsistent at best. So when planning a recent trip to London I wanted to include a restaurant where I could enjoy some quality dim ... Read More »

Viva L’Espana – The Drunken Butcher Does Fancy & Refined

Viva L’Espana – The Drunken Butcher Does Fancy & Refined

So far my experiences of the ‘Drunken Butcher‘ have mostly involved vast quantities of meat; huge pies, large roasting joints, steaks and burgers. Not that he’s a one trick pony, there was recently a ‘Healthy Eating’ supper club and there’s a Vegan one coming up too. I seem to have somehow missed them though. I attended his latest event last ... Read More »

Wood. Wine & Deli – Northern Quarter, Manchester

Wood. Wine & Deli – Northern Quarter, Manchester

When I asked for breakfast recommendations in Manchester late last year one of the popular suggestions was Fyg Deli in the Northern Quarter. Before I’d had chance to visit I heard they’d been taken over and reopened as ‘Wood. Wine & Deli’ an independent wine bar. They promised bar stools made from tree trunks and food served on platters of ... Read More »

Chalk Bar and Grill, West Didsbury – Special Preview

Chalk Bar and Grill, West Didsbury – Special Preview

Last Wednesday I attended the launch of ‘Chalk Bar and Grill’ the latest addition to Didsbury’s ever growing dining scene. I didn’t actually intend on blogging about it, and this certainly isn’t a ‘review’ since all I ate were canapés. But since I enjoyed them so much and was impressed with the place in general I thought i’d share my photos ... Read More »

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