Hiding in plain sight just a short drive away from Ancoats lies Vermilion – a truly underrated not-so-hidden hidden gem that stands prominently on Hulme Hall Lane, outside of the city enough to be classed as ‘hidden’, yet close enough to be worthy of a visit.
While large, grey and industrial from the outside, Vermilion is the epitome of ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’, boasting unexpectedly lavish interiors from the second you walk through the doors.
Painting the town red with deep, romantic hues that pay homage to its inspiration – Eastern Asia – the beautiful restaurant has attracted quite the fanbase for its Asian fusion cuisine, serving up delicious Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese dishes that most certainly warms the soul.
Think confit duck served in a creamy South Indian Korma sauce, sweet Thai curries, and even Thai-style steaks served alongside smoking, theatrical cocktails that complement the opulent surroundings that steal the show at every turn. Created by Masterchef finalist Bobby Geetha, the menu aims to submerge guests into a truly Eastern atmosphere, creating an eclectic mix of some of the most beloved flavours of Asia.
Budding Instagrammers will swoon over the extravagant, Far East-inspired interiors, which include grand marble floors, glistening chandeliers, Asian antiques, gold-plated round tables, and huge tree-like structures that add an extra sense of the orient – in addition to the sweeping scent of the Eastern herbs and spices that make Vermilion’s food truly flavourful and authentic.
In addition to the restaurant, guests can also escape to the stunning Cinnabar, which is completely decked out with luxurious cocoon-like pods, where guests can wind down with fine wines, Tiktok-worthy cocktails, and a large array of spirits. Hosting regular DJs, the Cinnabar is the perfect spot to retreat to after dining in the restaurant, with low club-style tables and the stylish cocoon booths providing the perfect spaces to socialise with friends.
Vermilion can be found just a short Uber ride from the city centre, and is open seven days a week.