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Yuzu, Chinatown, Manchester

Yuzu, Chinatown, Manchester

I’ve never been hugely impressed with most of the Chinese restaurants in Manchester’s Chinatown but thankfully ‘Yuzu’, the solitary Japanese restaurant on offer is fantastic. It’s a tiny little place which completely adds to the charm, it feels really authentic with it’s Japanese artwork, various bottles and ornaments and wooden benches although i’ve yet to visit Japan so I can’t confirm that it is. ... Read More »

Solita, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Solita, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Solita is one of the coolest new places in the ever growing Northern Quarter of Manchester. It’s slightly out of the way on Turner street where ‘Sole‘ used to be. Perhaps slightly confusingly, Solita isn’t an Italian restaurant. The name means ‘South Of Little Italy’ in reference to the location of the restaurant near the Ancoats Little Italy area of Manchester. I’ve ... Read More »

Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Ribs Recipe

Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Ribs Recipe

After promising ‘occasional recipes’ for so long I thought it was about time I actually posted one. I’m known as a bit of a rib expert and have tried pretty much every recipe out there but none were quite perfect. This recipe has evolved over the last couple of years and they’re the best tasting ribs ever if you ask ... Read More »

National Restaurant Awards 2012 Winners

National Restaurant Awards 2012 Winners

Last night saw the 5th annual ‘National Restaurant Awards’ held in London. The awards are all voted for by industry insiders including restaurant owners, chefs & food critics. Voters are not allowed to vote for any restaurant that they have a financial interest or involvement with and must have eaten there in the last 12 months. It’s an interesting list, ... Read More »

63 Degrees, Northern Quarter, Manchester

63 Degrees, Northern Quarter, Manchester

As much as I love the interesting and modern cuisine that our top restaurants are serving these days there will always be a place in my heart for classic, French fine-dining. It’s where it all began for me at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship 3 Michelin star Royal Hospital Road restaurant in 2006. So I was fairly excited to hear about 63 ... Read More »

La Salsa, Bolton

La Salsa, Bolton

I’ve been longing for some Spanish tapas ever since visiting Dos de Mayo in Seville last month. We don’t have anything even close in the U.K, never mind in Bolton but we do have a nice, simple and very decent little tapas restaurant ‘La Salsa’. It’s been a few years since my last visit but I was a regular in the past ... Read More »

Nam Ploy ‘Business Lunch’ , Bolton

Nam Ploy ‘Business Lunch’ , Bolton

On my last visit to Nam Ploy I called it ‘easily the best restaurant in Bolton’ despite it’s underwhelming desserts. Although i’ve been many times they’ve almost all been at night so today I decided to give their excellent value ‘Business Lunch’ a try. It’s quite a different place on a quiet Tuesday afternoon than a busy evening service. When we ... Read More »

O Alentejano, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

O Alentejano, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

For my last day on the Algarve (sniff) I wanted something really traditional and very Portugese. After some searching I found O Alentejano which sounded like exactly what I wanted. It was another win for the internet as not only would I never have heard of the place without TripAdvisor reviews but I wouldn’t have found it either without Google Maps ... Read More »

A Lota, Alvor, Algarve, Portugal

A Lota, Alvor, Algarve, Portugal

After spending most of the past week around Albufeira it was time to venture a little further along the coast. Alvor in the western Algarve, just past Portimão seemed like the ideal place. Alvor is a fishing village situated both on the coast and on the estuary of the river, Rio Alvor. What attracted me was the number of restaurants ... Read More »

Bodega Dos de Mayo, Seville, Spain

Bodega Dos de Mayo, Seville, Spain

As soon as I noticed how close we were to Spain I just had to pay a visit. I love Ibiza and Barcelona is one of my favourite places in the world but I haven’t been to southern Spain since a package holiday many years ago as a small child. Looking at a map I picked out Seville as the ... Read More »

Teodosio, Guia, Algarve, Portugal

Teodosio, Guia, Algarve, Portugal

After a long hot day at the nearby ZooMarine what I really needed was Peri-Peri chicken and beer. Thankfully Teodosio is just around the corner and provided both. It’s a shame that they don’t have an outdoor seating area though as this was the only meal in our entire trip that was eaten under a roof and that includes breakfasts. ... Read More »

Shalom II, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Shalom II, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

There’s a board outside Shalom II which states that they serve “the best ribs in town”. It certainly grabbed my attention but as I consider myself a bit of a rib connoisseur I would be judging for myself. I came back later to find out. Unfortunately just as I sat down a table of 20 arrived completely unannounced, filling almost ... Read More »

La Cigale, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

La Cigale, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Olhos de Água is a tiny Portuguese parish in the municipality of Albufeira. It’s located on the coast and is famous for having one of the best beaches on the Algarve which is why I was there. I can confirm that the beach is fantastic, so much quieter and more peaceful than the other beaches around but just as pretty. ... Read More »

Restaurante Zé Carlos – O Careca, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Restaurante Zé Carlos – O Careca, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

If i’m being honest the only reason I visited Restaurante Zé Carlos was because it’s just around the corner from the apartment I was staying in. It didn’t look particularly inviting from the outside and the menu looked fairly basic. Day 3 of the now customary ‘couvert’ was OK but definitely the weakest olives and bread we’d received so far ... Read More »

A Tasquinha do Rossio, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

A Tasquinha do Rossio, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

I’d read about A Tasquinha do Rossio on TripAdvisor before arriving in Portugal and was very much looking forward to eating there. It sounded fantastic, i’d also read that it gets busy quickly so I went out of my way to find it during the day and make a reservation for later on. I’m glad that I did because when we ... Read More »

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