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34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY [Map]
This the place that sets the standard for all the other Chinese restaurants in the North of England, run thoroughly professionally by the Yeung family. Fairly recently re-done, thanks to a fire that gutted it a few years back, it offers not just the normal run-of-the-mill dishes, though these are excellent, but actually shows a degree of experimentation. Their banquets start at £22 per head, and are to be recommended, whilst they also serve an excellent range of dim sum at lunchtime.
2a St Mary's Street, Manchester, M3 2LB [Map]
This restaurant is a carnivore's paradise as it offers classic Argentine cuisine of the highest standard in a stylish and contemporary setting. Featuring adaptations of bourgeois and rustic dishes with the international flavours that have tinged the history of the country, the Gaucho Grill menu represents the best of the country's varied culinary culture. Their outlets have proved popular over the last ten years with seven in London and one in Manchester.
Steak is king out there - all the meat comes from the lush expanse of the Pampas where animals roam freely in the grasslands. After being aged for six weeks, the result is incredibly tender beef, which has become renowned as the best in the world. Steaks are cut to order, rubbed with salt and chimichurri oil then flash grilled, turned only once - so it retains its flavour better.
The ceviche is a form of citrus marinated seafood salad - choices at Gaucho include a delectable mix of lobster and shrimp cured in a lime, coconut, citrus sauce and coriander, rightly called fire and ice. The Argentinean loganiza chicken sausages with crispy onion hay, pickled jalapeño and cherry mojo are delicious too.
Specialities include zarzuela de mariscos - halibut, monkfish, king scallops, shrimp, squid and green lip mussels in a saffron broth with asparagus, potato and toasted poilane bread, mushroom tian made of baked Portobello mushrooms with tomato vinaigrette, mozzarella and goat's cheese, as well as empanadas - savoury pastries typically served on the streets of Buenos Aires.
There are traditional Latin American pastries, cheese as well as flans with mixed berries, seasoned with tarragon, basil and lemon as well.
The menu is complemented by a wine list - the largest outside Argentina. The aim at Gaucho is to represent all of the major grape varieties in their country with Terruño, their very own label. Although Argentina is not well known for its sweet wines, the Torrontes Licoroso, from a monastery high in the mountains of Catamarca serves as a fine end to a meal.
1 Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 1RG [Map]
54-56 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5AL [Map]
Hanaan, pronounced han-aan is an expression of longing - a desire to be near a loved one or a special place. This term has been liberally used by poets from the East to express their emotions, and the owners of the restaurant hope to evoke this feeling in their guests and keep the coming back. While Moghul kings chose to honour their guests by offering them saffron rice embellished with gold leaves, Hanaan, inspired by this legend, uses an abstract motif of a paisley drawn from Moghul art to bestow honour on their guests.
The restaurant is a great blend of East and West and offers authentic English fare in addition to the best of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. The freshest ingredients are used to create culinary masterpieces and this makes it an attractive option, whether for an intimate dinner, family outing or large parties. Spread over two floors, they can cover a hundred and fifty people. The versatile first floor bar has its own karaoke and music system, and like a talented actor, it can transform itself adroitly from a modern 'hot spot' to shake a leg in, to a sober corporate venue with projection facilities, depending on the requirement.
Before a meal there, once can have an aperitif at the bar or a glass of wine from their extensive list. For starters and mains choose from the array of karahi, biryani, balti, passanda, vindaloo or the Madras styles of cooking. Apart from the tried and test fare of tandoori chilli or mixed grill, some of the specialities at Hanaan are rezala, a choice of chicken or lamb, blended with spices, boiled eggs, yoghurt and cream and akni pilau, a Persian saffron rice mixed with chicken tikka, lamb tikka and prawns cooked together with a blend of mild spices, accompanied with a meat curry. They also offer wholesome combinations of meat and vegetables.
The menu changes often and the chef's special every day. Go ahead and enjoy good food and Eastern hospitality and perhaps, you'll experience 'Hanaan' to return there.
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG [Map]
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