Levelling up your Insta feed since 2020…
It might have been a pretty pants year, to say the least, but if one thing has thrived in recent months – it’s new openings in Manchester. And the newest of the flock rivals the most Instagrammable hotspots in town… Bold statement, we know.
Located by the city’s glamorous Spinningfields area, 202 Kitchen is a pretty pink paradise, pulling out all of the stops to provide guests with that all-important ‘social media moment’. And with their soft-hued baby pink outdoor pergola, we think they’ve definitely achieved Instagram status. From cow print adorned corners and Malibu Barbie set-ups, to a stunning outdoor area that’s dripping in flowers – the venue isn’t short of photogenic spaces.
But despite all of that, it’s the comfort food that really catches our eyes, with a trapbox-inspired menu packed full of drool-worthy dishes including ribs, fried chicken, wings, mac and cheese and more. For those not already familiar with the trapbox trend, it all began on social media – where amateur chefs would take to their platforms to share tasty looking snaps of their homemade grub piled up into a box. The trend became so big, trapbox chef Prince Owusu successfully launched his very own Trap Kitchen back in 2017.
Now, taking inspiration from the trend, 202 Kitchen serves up its hearty grub made by professional chefs in uber-cool metal boxes, putting the focus on the flavours and paying homage to their foodie inspiration.
Not only is the spot the perfect casual restaurant by day, but by night, guests can hang out with friends while sipping on tasty cocktails – with a carefully curated menu of 202’s very own creations to choose from. Fulfilling those sweet cravings is a classic dessert menu with a twist, featuring faves such as the chocolate brownie and Biscoff waffles, and including alternative options such as griddled pineapple and passionfruit mousse with prosecco.
202 Kitchen joins Crazy Pedro’s, Dishoom and Honest Burger on Bridge Street, and opened its doors just last month with COVID-safe measures in place. Bookings are advised to guarantee yourself a spot, and you can book a table here.