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Artisan

‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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Macdonald Townhouse

Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

To the Macdonald Townhouse with the editor of Northern Soul to visit the hotel’s 101 Brasserie. It’s one of those lovely Manchester buildings with a hidden history and a modern reinvention.

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Aumbry

The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

July 1, 2013 Comments Off on The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

I started to write this review before I had my tea. That was a mistake, like the folly of shopping at the supermarket on an empty stomach.

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Byron

Burger Brilliance at Byron

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Burger Brilliance at Byron

We like our colloquialisms and slanguage here at Northern Soul and, to be frank, the more vernacular the better.

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The French

The French at The Midland, Manchester

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on The French at The Midland, Manchester

Let me say from the outset that The French at The Midland doesn’t come cheap. At £55 for the six course tasting menu and £50 for the wine flight to go with it, it took up the £110.07 I got from a pre-emptive raid on my piggy bank

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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Coriander

Coriander, Chorlton

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on Coriander, Chorlton

The trouble with coriander is this: it’s a herb that divides opinion.

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The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

May 31, 2013 Comments Off on The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

You know those bank holiday weekends where you plan to do one thing and end up doing something else entirely? Well, that was my bank holiday Monday.

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Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express, Bury

May 12, 2013 Comments Off on Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express may serve Italian food but its ubiquity makes it feel as British as fish and chips. With 400 restaurants across the UK, each claiming to be unique, you don’t have to go far to find a restaurant. But how good is this pizza stalwart at accommodating families? Chef Tony finds out.

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Don Giovannis

Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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