Manchester Journals

Manchester and Its China Town

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A March 2008 trip to Manchester by MichaelJM

Towards Pan Asia Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: China Town is real close to the centre of town and offers a great selection of restaurants in a fairly compact area.

Pan Asia

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Towards Pan Asia Photo, Manchester, England
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What better way to meet up and get to know a new colleague than to enjoy a meal in a quiet restaurant. The Pan Asia was recommended to me as a decent and reasonable place to eat and as it was in the centre of China Town and only a stride away from my hotel it seemed like a good place to rendezvous. This basement restaurant is only a few steps away from the China Town Arch, but you’ll need to be observant to find it (go under the arch – approaching Manchester City Centre – the restaurant is on your right). The exterior was described to me as orange and I was expecting a garrulously painted building with neon lighting. It wasn’t quite that bad but the exterior is “busy” and just what you ster...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2008

Top Wok Central

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Top Wok Central Photo, Manchester, England
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Sometimes I’ll start the day with a clear sense about what I want to eat at night. Today was one of those days when I was fixed on having a Chinese meal. Indeed, I was even clearer, I was going to eat Sweet and Sour, specifically Chicken. So having checked into my hotel I headed off to China Town to peruse the menus and decide on the best restaurant. This is always a little bit random because without a recommendation you’re only left with a feeling about whether or not a restaurant is going to be good enough.I’m not sure what it was that “drew me to the Top Wok”. It really didn’t look much different to many of the other establishments in China Town and it was almost impossible to use my oth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2008

Top Wok Central
45-47 Faulkner St
Manchester, England M1 4EE
+44 161 228 2882

China Buffet

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China Buffet Photo, Manchester, England
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Back in Manchester I was once again recommended that China Buffet (an interesting name for a restaurant) was a decent place to eat. It’s on the corner of Faulkner Street in the heart of China Town and in the shadow of the Ceremonial Arch. It really doesn’t look a great deal from the outside – mind you that isn’t too unusual for the area – but I decided it would be crazy to reject a recommendation from a woman who had already given me three or four decent venues.I descended the steep set of stairs into this basement restaurant and was a bit taken aback by its presentation. It’s real basic and reminiscent of a works canteen. I thought for a second about retracing my steps and bidding a hasty r...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 1, 2008

China Buffet
16 Nicholas Street
Manchester
+44 0161 236 2041

Little Yang Sing

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Little Yang Sing Photo, Manchester, England
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Having chosen the wrong restaurant last week (see my China Buffet journal entry) I just had to return to China Town and this time visited one of the restaurants that had been recommended to me. China City (sounds like China Buffet!) was only a step away from the place I’d eaten in last week, but it did look a little more attractive. However, that was an option for a future meal as I’d been recommended Little Yang Sing by four different people. That was in my view sufficient accolade to merit a try! I’ve actually walked past the Little Yang Sing on many occasions and always thought it looked a swish place to eat in. Indeed its bigger brother Yang Sing, on Princess Street, has also taken my ey...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2008

Little Yang Sing
17 George Street
Manchester, England M1 4HE
+44 161 228 7722

China Town

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The China Town Arch Photo, Manchester, England
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Manchester’s Chinatown doesn’t cover a huge area but nevertheless it’s a fascinating area to wander round. It has been described as "the Chinese village for the north of England" but that, I feel, perhaps distorts the image of the place. After all it still looks like Manchester! At one end is the classic Chinese arch and you’d be forgiven in thinking that this is an historic artefact. Surprisingly it’s only around four decades old, but as it was the first Imperial Arch to be erected in the whole of Europe it’s a fairly important symbol of the far eastern influence in the west. It was shortly after the Second World War that the City “experienced” its first Chinese restaurant and for some cons...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2008