I'm heading back down to my old stomping ground next week for a couple of days and we're staying in the city centre near Piccadilly train station. I'm pretty sure that nothing has changed in the upper echelons of fine dining in Manchester......ie not much exists and if I'm honest, I'm not overly fussed. We're off to Northcote and The Box Tree over the next week so I just want to have decent food recs in the city centre with no fuss over genre. We're just going to relax, shop and soak up the ambiance a bit and would welcome any suggestions of food to match. No doubt I’ll sample some time and beers in Sam’s Chop house!
Ones on my list already are Tampopo, Wings, Ban di Bul, Middle Kingdom, Red Chilli, Red & Hot and Akbars.
I've seen a couple of references to East z East but don't know how it compares to Akbars (which I have been to before). In addition I saw that Jay Rayner was bigging up San Carlo Chichetti but I'll be honest that their menu didn't fill me with any great confidence, it looks more style over substance with the money spent on the glitzing things up rather than spending it on food.
I used to go to El Rincon but don't see much written about it. There also used to be a Persian place that I went to in the Great Northern Warehouse area but I think that went many years ago!