Asian fusion cuisine is officially taking over…
And we are so here for it. Bringing the flavours of the East and pairing them with the West and neighbouring regions of Asia, many of Manchester’s restaurants have our taste buds going absolutely wild – with innovative creations that can’t be found anywhere else. Fancy a chippy in a bao? Sorted. An Indian, but also a Sunday roast? Yep, we got it. English breakfast in a naan? Seriously, it exists. And to help you experience it all, we’ve rounded up some of the very best Asian fusion restaurants in Manchester to try this summer.
1. The Ivy
A very special spot standing proud in the centre of Spinningfields, The Ivy consists of three charming floors – one of which is completely decked out in the most spectacular, Far Eastern-inspired decor. And the nods don’t end there. The menu is completely inspired by Asia, too, taking inspiration from all corners of the continent when curating their menu. Think wagyu beef, buttermilk fried chicken with a Korean glaze, bao buns and aromatic massaman curry. The Ivy Asia, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
2. Wolf at the Door
Wolf at the Door is probably one of the most experimental restaurants in the city, regularly cooking up new, interesting combos in their kitchen. We’re talking the likes of their chippy tea bao (which is smothered in proper chippy curry sauce!), jerk chicken tacos, pizza-topped fries, and even a cauliflower shawarma bao – with a regularly updated menu available to try. Wolf at the Door, 30-32 Thomas St, M4 1ER.
3. Hanoi 75
A real gem found within a double-decker bus at Hatch, Hanoi 75 serves up Viet-style grub, taking inspiration from classic Vietnamese dishes to create warming and comforting street food. Think bao buns, loaded disco fries and more traditional dishes such as summer rolls, noodle salads and pho. It’s both authentic and fusion at the same time, and perfect for both existing Viet cuisine fans and those looking to try it for the first time. Hanoi 75, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
4. Delhi House Cafe
Quitely opening in the Corn Exchange last summer, Delhi House Cafe has created an exceptional Indian dining experience, bringing classic dishes up to date with street-style influences. Set within a casual-yet-opulent restaurant, guests can dine on Masala scotch eggs, lamb kebabs served in naan bread, proper curries and more, with new and exciting fusion-style options – such as the chicken omelette shown above – available for both breakfast and lunch. Delhi House Cafe, Unit 10, The Corn Exchange, M4 3TR.
Lending influences from the UK and USA when creating their menu, Wowyauchow is a Chinese restaurant like no other – with innovative dishes such as crispy duck nachos, salt and pepper fries, a Maccy’s inspired ‘filet-o-bao’, buffalo chicken dumplings and so much more on offer. The extensive menu will have you wanting to try everything, and there’s a bottomless brunch also on offer for those who want to make more of an occasion of it. Wowyauchow, 59 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham, WA14 1DS.
A transformative venue that’s known as Foodwell by day and Firefly by night, Menagerie’s newest neighbours take inspiration from Japan, Thailand and Korea when making up their menu, with an infusion of Cali vibes throughout. Think healthy brunch dishes with Asian touches, fusion sushi – including dishes such as Wagyu burger rolls, Korean pulled pork sushi rolls and more – as well as grilled teriyaki meats, fried chicken, Korean chicken burgers and more. Foodwell/Firefly, Suite 2, Ground Floor, One New Bailey, Stanley St, Salford, M3 5JL.
The home of some of the most mouthwatering fusion breakfasts around, Dishoom not only serves up Bombay-inspired dishes all day long, but incredible naan breakfast rolls stuffed with bacon, sausages and eggs. The breakfast dishes have become cult classics in London and beyond, and are served alongside tapas-style plates such as roti rolls, okra fries, samosas and grilled meats. Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, M3 3BT.
8. Salt & Pepper
Salt & Pepper has become a huge hit with Mancs since its launch in the Arndale market, and now, fans can pick up their tasty grub not only there, but at Black Dog NQ, too. Taking inspiration from China, dishes include salt and pepper chicken wings, sticky beef, surf and turf, chicken strips and more, all of which are given an Asian edge with honey soy glazes, canton sauce, salt and pepper seasoning and more. Salt & Pepper, 49 High Street, South Side Arndale Market, M4 3AH | Black Dog NQ, 52 Church St, M4 1PW.
Pan-Asian food with an infusion of Chinese, Korean and Japanese influences, Fuku is another of Hatch’s hidden gems, offering an array of both traditional-style dishes and innovative fusions. From the classic Katsu curry and salt and pepper chicken, to triple-stacked crispy chicken burgers topped with cheese and spicy mayo – there’s a whole lot of comfort food to go at at Fuku, each dish as mouthwatering as the next. Fuku Food MCR, Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
10. Lazy Sundae
New in town and bringing the flavours of the tropics to Manchester, Lazy Sundae wanted to introduce the city to some of the flavours of the Far East, shedding the typical mainstream ice cream flavours for the likes of Milo, Taro and Vietnamese coffee. The idea was to bridge the gap between the owner’s heritage and the mainstream market here in the UK, bringing a more accessible approach to popular Asian desserts such as Vietnamese ice cream floats, pineapple bao ice cream sandwiches and more. Lazy Sundae, 110 Tib St, M4 1LR.
11. Grand Pacific
Grand Pacific is a truly stunning restaurant, bringing the flavours of the globe to Manchester in an opulent setting. The restaurant isn’t afraid of experimentation with their dishes, creating tasty combos with plates such as the Asian-spiced duck cottage pie, wasabi and kimchi topped beef burger, teriyaki steak sandwiches, roast salmon with Thai red curry and so much more. Grand Pacific, 50 Spring Gardens, M2 1EN.
New in town and already attracting the likes of Liam Payne and Steve Bartlett, YOURS offers up a pretty concise menu of Pan Asian-inspired dishes, going for an upmarket feel with everything that they serve. We’re talking dishes such as the ’24k Gold Guilded Sushi Roll’ filled with tempura oysters, champagne, saffron and truffle caviar, lobster sushi rolls, lobster wontons, mini Wagyu burgers, sour plum glazed duck and so much more. There are tons of different types of sushi to try on the menu, as well as raw fish, tempura, and nigiri, too. YOURS, 82 Deansgate, M3 2ER.
An Indian restaurant with a twist, Zouk knows how to keep it fresh – with regular menu updates bringing their dishes bang up to date. We’re talking the recent introduction of bottomless brunch, their newest creation of butter chicken bao buns, Indian-style tacos, lamb calzone, cheesy naans, and even a Sunday roast with spicy gravy. The restaurant also serves up a wide range of traditional dishes, too, so you can get your Indian cuisine fix whatever you fancy. Zouk, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, M1 5QS.