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“They’ve taken me under their wing.” Chef Dane Smart talks about Manchester’s Molly House and its new menu

October 9, 2020 Comments Off on “They’ve taken me under their wing.” Chef Dane Smart talks about Manchester’s Molly House and its new menu

Dane Smart has come a long way since his pot-washing days at LadyBoy, a Thai restaurant in Melbourne.

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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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Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

Northern Scran: Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

June 15, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

During lockdown our writers and pals have been cooking up a storm.

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Cottage pie

Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

During lockdown I’ve found that it’s even more important to make an occasion of meal times.

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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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Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

Strange times. Especially if you live on your own and just want a hug.

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Fattoush cafe & eatery

Takeaway Review: Fattoush, Liverpool

April 2, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Fattoush, Liverpool

Lebanese café and eatery Fattoush in Liverpool deserves its five-star Tripadvisor ratings – and that’s coming from a regular who’s eaten in and ordered takeaways there for the past two years.

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Takeaway Review: Proove, West Didsbury

March 29, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Proove, West Didsbury

During lockdown, when you’re wandering into your kitchen for the millionth time and opening the fridge before closing it again, you might have hit the point when it’s time to think about ordering a takeaway.

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