Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Canto

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

As I write this, were about a fortnight away from six months into lockdown. Im still not exactly sure of the rules as Matt Hancock and his cronies play hide-and-seek with our very own Andy Burnham and the North West has more COVID-19 spikes than a punk hairdo.

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Gaucho, image by David Griffen Photography

Food Review: Gaucho, Manchester

August 30, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Gaucho, Manchester

Finally, after five long months, I find myself reviewing an actual live restaurant with actual people, actual food and actual wine. The restaurant in question is Gaucho, an Argentinian grill off Manchester’s Deansgate, located in a beautifully converted church with the organ still intact but not functioning.

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Dishoom bacon naan roll kit. Image by charlie_mckay2

Takeaway review: Dishoom, Manchester

July 23, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway review: Dishoom, Manchester

Any writer of restaurant reviews will, as a matter of professional courtesy, read the competition.

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Barcelona’s Liceu

OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

It’s been a quiet old time here at OperaWatch HQ. The furniture is dust-covered, the trainee opera critics have all been furloughed and I sit here like Miss Havisham dripping in cobwebs and waiting for news, any news.

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Erst Manchester

Takeaway Review: Erst, Manchester

June 22, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Erst, Manchester

One of the great pleasures of writing for Northern Soul is being able to review many of the best restaurants in Manchester.

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Contagion

Pandemic: The Movie

May 15, 2020 Comments Off on Pandemic: The Movie

It might seem a little perverse to pen a column about pandemic films at this point but, truth be told, I find it a little comforting.

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Siam Smiles Cafe, Manchester

Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

May 14, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

For many years, my Thursday treat was a green chicken curry at Siam Smiles on George Street in Manchester’s Chinatown.

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Banish gin

Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

I first met Ben at The Gin Society do at Manchester Cathedral a few weeks ago.

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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

For OperaWatch, it’s a welcome return to The Lowry for Opera North’s 2020 spring season.

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Wahaca

Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

March 10, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has never been well served by Mexican food.

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