Old school clubbers were buzzing earlier this year when it was rumoured that 2000s celebrity haunt Panacea was set to be resurrected as a club on John Dalton Street, just off Deansgate. Now, the former Manchester club has reopened with a whole new lease of life, under the brand new name and concept of iKaro.
Having hosted Manchester royalty in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez over the years, and more recently the likes of Liam Payne and Michelle Keegan, Panacea was known as a notorious spot for future WAGs to ‘bump into’ sporty bachelors, but iKaro is set to offer a taste of the high life as a seafood, grill and champagne bar.
Entering the space on John Dalton Street, an immersive wrap-around digital display along the exterior immediately catches the eye and sets the tone before heading down the golden steps to the restaurant and bar below.
From premium champagne to delicate canapés, the fusion of Japanese and international flavours match the interior and music for all to enjoy. iKaro offers two cosmopolitan menus that focus on two different elements: fire and ice. Curated by chefs Lattawan Buchanan and Exose Grant, the menus span gorgeous sushi, twists on seafood classics such as Tandoori spiced octopus, and a whole host of grilled goods. You can find the likes of teriyaki lamb cutlets, miso glazed black cod and grilled lobster tail featured on the menu as well as a 30oz Australian Wagyu Tomahawk steak for a whopping £250.
After dinner, join the party into the late night, choosing from countless varieties of Champagne and the frequently changing sommelier’s selection of rare bottles which, in keeping with the venue’s previous life as a go-to late night haunt, will be served up until the early hours.
iKaro will also be expanding into Leeds, Edinburgh, London and even Dubai come next year, so this is only the beginning for the brand.
You can find iKaro at 14 John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6JR and you can now book your spot here.