Manchester Journals

Around the World in 80 Meals! (part 2)

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A March 2009 trip to Manchester by Liam Hetherington

Marmara Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: Continuing our quest to eat our way through 80 different national cuisines without leaving our home town.

Chiquito

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Restaurant | "11) Chiquito - Viva las Fajitas!"

Chiquito Photo, Manchester, England
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Mexico - 27/02/09Friend and fellow IgoUgo member Colette was flying in for the weekend from Ireland so I arranged to meet her for lunch. Only having an hour we decided to go to Chiquito in the Printworks for a Mexican meal – not only was it near my office, but it also served a set price lunch menu. Moreover it was another step on my quest to travel Around the World in 80 Meals without leaving Manchester.The Printworks is precisely what it says – a former newspaper printing works on the corner of Corporation Street and Withy Grove, oppo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2009

Chiquito
2 The Printworks
Manchester, England M4 2BS
0161 830 1560

Dalat

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Restaurant | "12) Dalat - North (enden) Vietnam"

Dalat Photo, Manchester, England
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Vietnam - 03/03/09Imagine my delight to spot a Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden! It had been a while since I had headed south down Palatine Road from where I live. However I was in rehearsals for a play in Northenden, and coming straight from work I found I had arrived very early. It was then that I spotted a new restaurant. Its sign stated that it served Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Needing to take shelter from the rain and with 40 minutes to kill, I entered. Dalat could in no way be described as the largest restaurant in the world. Essentially the front room of a blocky retail unit it could only have space for 25 diners at a push. Decor ins...Read More

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Dalat
Hatro House, 401 Palatine Rd
Manchester, England M22 4JS
0161 945 4624

Marmara

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Restaurant | "13) Marmara - Unlucky Thirteen"

Marmara Photo, Manchester, England
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Iraq - 05/03/09The Around The World In 80 Meals quest had to crash and burn at some point. Who would have thought it would occur on meal number thirteen? I had been desparate to track down a Moroccan restaurant in Manchester. Of all the countires I have been to Morocco was without a doubt the country where I consistently ate the best. When a friend advised me that they believed Marmara in Rusholme was Moroccan I had no hesitation in insisting that we make that our next visit. To quote Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: "I was misinformed". While a quick scan of reviews on the internet brings up references to Marmara being Moroccan and serving good food, it...Read More

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Marmara
501 Claremont Road, Rusholme
Manchester, England M14 5WU
0161 249 3943

Coriander

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Restaurant | "14) Coriander - The Healthy Herb"

Coriander Photo, Manchester, England
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Bangladesh - 09/03/09Apparently, in Bangladesh coriander grows widely. It is thought to have specific health-giving properties: to protect against nervous complaints in general and against hepatitis A in particular. If Coriander the herb is both Bangladeshi and healthy, the same too must be said of Coriander the restaurant. Coriander is some way south of the centre of Chorlton along Barlow Moor Road, opposite Southern Cemetary, though there is plenty of parking space outside. It seems an unfancy place with a white stucco frontage. The pink dining area inside is not the largest in the world, with space for maybe 30 covers. A couple of tables were occupied when we a...Read More

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Coriander
279 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton
Manchester, England M21 7GH
0161 881 7750

Waxy O'Connor's

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Restaurant | "15) Waxy O'Connors - St. Guinness's Day"

Waxy O'Connor's Photo, Manchester, England
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Ireland - 17/03/09I read once that one third of the population of Manchester was of Irish descent. As someone called Liam whose Grandad Paddy hailed from Templeogue I can believe it. And they were all out for the craic on St Patrick's Night. Leaving work at 5pm I only had a small slot within which to bag an Irish meal as I had to be elsewhere for a play rehearsal by 7.30. Thankfully there is an Irish pub a few doors down from the office in the Printworks entertainment complex, so I headed to Waxy O'Connor's. It was heaving. Partularly for a Tuesday. I've only ever seen pubs this busy at 5 on weekdays on Fridays in Summer, or when there's a world cup on. But...Read More

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Waxy O'Connor's
The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove
Manchester, England M4 2BS
0161 835 1210

Habesha

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Restaurant | "16) Habesha - Haile Unusual"

Habesha Photo, Manchester, England
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Ethiopia - 23/03/09At Habesha they really know what's what. And what's wot... This Ethiopian restaurant is a real find. Located on the corner of Sackville Street and Richmond Street in the Village (actually only one street over from Canal Street) you might miss Habesha as first glance. It is located on the first floor over Istanbul Grill (hmm, there's Turkey for me right there...). You actually have to enter Istanbul Grill by a separate door, from where a caged-off spiral staircase leads up to what could quite well be another world. Where the downstairs takeaway is white-tiled and brightly lit, Habesha is dark and atmospheric with artworks on its moody dark...Read More

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Habesha
29-31 Sackville Street
Manchester, England M1 3NZ
0161 228 7396

Horus

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Restaurant | "17) Horus - Pyramiddle-Eastern"

Horus Photo, Manchester, England
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30/03/09 - EgyptEgypt has never really been particularly noted for its food. I once heard a theory that in the Arabic lands around the Mediterranean the best food will be found at the extremities, in Lebanon and Morocco, with the quality getting worse as you near the mid-point of the crescent. Which is pretty much where Egypt is located. Now, personally I did not have a problem with the cuisine when I visited Egypt for a fortnight, where food I ate ranged from fish from Lake Nasser or the Red Sea, Cairene kebabs...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Horus
19 Copson Street, Withington
Manchester, England M20 3HE
+44 161 434 4999

Gaucho

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Restaurant | "18) Gaucho - Red, Red Wine & Red, Red Meat"

Gaucho Photo, Manchester, England
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Argentina - 08/04/09When I started my Around the World in 80 Meals challenge, one of the restaurants I was most looking forward to visiting was Gaucho. And I have to say, that having now eaten there, I am not disappointed!Gaucho is, as you might expect, an Argentinian restaurant. But whereas, say, the Brazilian restaurant Tropeiro plays up its Brazilian heritage with frescos, objets d’art and stylized uniforms for the wait staff, Gaucho keeps the Argentinian influence to its menu and wine list alone. Visually, the restaurant is very ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2009

Gaucho
2a St Mary's Street Deansgate
Manchester, England M3 2LB
+44 161 833 4333

Kro 2

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Attraction | "19) Kro2 - Great Danes"

Kro 2 Photo, Manchester, England
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Denmark - 14/04/09Manchester took legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel (still one of only a handful of players to have turned out for both United and City) to its heart. In much the same way it has embraced the KroBar chain of Danish hostelries.At first glance you might think that ’KroBar’ is just a bad pun for the name of a bar (as with Baa Bar, Sand Bar, or Bar Code). However kro in Danish means ‘inn’, so it is a double edged name. From its original location opposite the University of Manchester Student’s Union on Oxford Road it has expanded up to Kro2 by the BBC building, and Kro Piccadilly in the centre of town, and a catering arm. What I didn’t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2009

Kro 2
Oxford Building, Oxford Road
Manchester, England M1 7ED
+44 161 236 1048

The Bar

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Attraction | "20) The Bar - Chorlton's Bread & Buddha"

Tibetan Fridays Photo, Manchester, England
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Tibet - 17/04/09When I mentioned at work that I would be going out for a Tibetan meal everyone wanted to know where on earth I had managed to find Tibetan food in Manchester. And when I replied "Chorlton" they shrugged and said "Oh yeah, that figures". Chorlton has improved a lot since I used to travel down Wilbraham Road on the bus to school. Then it was a bit of a groggy area. Now it has become a trendy, folky, bohemian suburb, a bit more of a rough-around-the-edges Didsbury, with bars for every different subculture. Apparently there are no less than four different Buddhist centres in Chorlton. And there was once famously a lovely bit of non-confrontational I’m-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 18, 2009