Where to eat in Manchester for a touch of glamour
If you want a sophisticated evening out, then reserve a table at the renowned Australasia.
The striking glass prism shaped entrance leads down to a modern white, glossy interior with elegant driftwood arrangements.
The Australian food is as good-looking as the surroundings, combining European cooking traditions with Southeast Asian, Japanese and Indonesian food. Choose from small sharing plates or large plates like Chilean sea bass, Toban jang chicken breast or pot roasted lobster.
The desserts are extraordinary with candied ginger cheesecake and popcorn with peanut butter ice cream or coconut panna cotta with sesame and poppy seed tuile, all with perfect drink pairings. Understandably, the dessert menu will be hard to choose from so why not choose a bento box sharing selection with tasters of each?
The drinks list itself is vast with sake, Asian-inspired concoctions and fabulous cocktails to choose from.
Where to eat in Manchester if you want to spot a celebrity
A famous owner will always create a certain star attraction around a restaurant and ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso is no exception.
This grand venue is known for its famous clientele, hosting many Manchester United team parties over the years. The interior is rather imposing with celebrity pictures adorning the walls and classical features such as marble columns and a central dome on the ceiling.
The menu is varied, offering many classic Italian favourites. Rosso also has a ‘bambini menu’ with a wide selection of wholesome dishes for children.
This is a restaurant that might welcome celebrity guests, but stays true to its Northern roots and remains welcoming and unpretentious with a focus on high quality food for everyone.
Where to eat in Manchester if you are on a student budget
Dining out can put a strain on your finances, especially on a tight student budget. It’s hard when you are tempted into a restaurant only to discover that it costs the equivalent of your entire weekly food budget, without getting much food on your plate!).
However, everyone deserves a treat, especially when beans on toast becomes a bit monotonous. Luckily, COSMO Manchester comes to the rescue with a high quality and affordable dining experience. If you and your fellow students have a big appetite after lectures or before a night out, there is no better place to head than COSMO Manchester.
With the new £1 million interior you will be dining in glamorous surroundings. The restaurant offers a global buffet menu of 160 dishes including Chinese, Indian, Japanese and a carvery so there will be something there for everyone. There is also an array of desserts in bite sized portions so you can try each one.
If you choose to go to COSMO for lunch, the bonus is that with so much delicious food on offer you may only need a light snack in the evening at home.
Look out for special student offers and you could get even more value for your money.
Where to eat in Manchester for the best Yorkshire steak
The reviews crowning Hawksmoor the king of steaks are reason enough to visit this powerhouse. The bold, dignified interior reflects the self-assured attitude of this restaurant with wooden flooring and wall panels alongside 1950s lights.
The mouth-watering steaks are signature dishes, using Yorkshire meat ‘dry aged’ for at least 28 days. There is also a selection of sauces on offer for your steak such as anchovy, stilton or classic peppercorn.
Sides include classic triple cooked homemade chips and delicious ‘dripping’ chips. For the ultimate comfort food you can even have a side of macaroni cheese.
For dessert you can choose the tongue-in-cheek ‘Ambassador’s Reception’ – a nod to the 1980s Ferrero Rocher advert – or you can opt for a traditional favourite like sticky toffee pudding.
Where to eat in Manchester if you want an authentic curry
Indian food restaurant Mughli is one of the city’s most popular restaurants with food bloggers and critics alike talking about it.
It manages to stand out from the crowd in the famous Rusholme Curry Mile. In fact, Mughli remains ahead – by a Curry Mile! – with the focus on Indian street food in sharing plates along with all the usual favourites.
India is of course a vibrant sub-continent with a huge variety of traditions, spices, ingredients and different ways of cooking. Choose from Kati rolls from Kolkata, starters from Delhi and snacks from Lahore and Shimla.
You can also choose from Indian inspired ‘twisted cocktails’ to add to a fun evening out.
For an Indian dining experience that appeals to diners of all tastes, ages and budgets, COSMO’s Indian selection should not be missed.
Where to eat in Manchester without derailing your diet
Kettlebell Kitchen specialises in high-protein, low-carb meals for anyone that wants to dine out but not break their fitness routine or healthy diet. Kettlebell proves that fast food doesn’t have to be junk food.
The food is so delicious it still feels like a treat to eat here. The menu features dishes such gluten free protein pizza, protein burgers in low-carb buns and mix-and-match ‘Kettleboxes’ where you can choose fish, lean meat, halloumi or tofu on a bed of sweet potato mash, cauliflower rice or others.