Whether you’re heading out to celebrate or simply filling your tummy with some delicious grub, Spinningfields has some seriously tasty dining options – from the uber-fancy to the casual lunch spot and even a cheeky Gregg’s, the swanky area has it all. To help you pick out the next food spot on your hit list, we’ve created the ultimate guide to where to eat in Spinningfields.
1. The Ivy
With three restaurants under one roof to choose from, it’s easy to see why The Ivy is regularly booked up. The incredibly Instagrammable restaurant has a little bit of something for everyone, with an Asian restaurant and two brasseries all tucked away inside its ivy-clad venue. Dishes are reasonably priced despite the restaurant’s lavish reputation, with steaks, sushi, fish and much, much more on their incredibly diverse menus. If you’re feeling extra naughty, their Chocolate Bombe is a real highlight – with rich, melted chocolate, hot salted caramel, honeycomb and ice cream combined together for the ultimate taste sensation. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester, M3 3HG.
Offering something a little more laidback for the typically extravagant Spinningfields area, Thaikhun is one of the city’s very best Thai restaurants, serving up tons of classic dishes sure to please any Asian cuisine lover. Boasting eclectic decor reminiscent of the markets of Bangkok, guests can expect flavoursome dishes such as green and red curries, Pad Thai, stir-fries, noodles and warming soups, alongside desserts inspired by Thaikhun’s muse, such as mango sticky rice, banana fritters and Thai cheesecake. Thaikhun, 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF.
Much-loved for their contemporary Chinese food, Tattu is a real treat if you’re looking for something a little fancier in the city centre. Providing a unique dining experience with exceptional decor (and a cherry blossom tree inside!), the restaurant has long been a favourite for Mancunians. The menu offers a range of delicious cocktails, as well as beautifully presented dishes such as aromatic crispy duck, caramel soy beef fillet, and pan-fried Szechuan sea bass. Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester, M3 3EB.
A long-time treat in the Spinningfields area, Hawksmoor is one of the city’s best steakhouses, with top quality, tasty food that’ll have you thinking about it long after your visit. The restaurant is located in an old courthouse dripping with charm, and while the spot is well known for its beautiful beef offering, there’s so much more to Hawksmoor than just steak. Their Sunday roasts are a worthy contender for one of Manchester’s greatest, with juicy corn-fed chicken, buttery mash potato and a carefully selected wine list to accompany. Hawksmoor, 184, 186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB.
Mixing Australian, Indonesian and Japanese cuisine, Australasia knows good grub. The restaurant itself is underground, which you’re led to through a triangular glass structure and which feels extra special in itself. Until you taste the food, that is! The menu is absolutely huge, with a variety of dishes to choose from such as carefully crafted sushi, meats from the Robata grill and delicious fish combinations with Asian influences. From small plates to huge sharing platters and premium steaks, Australasia should be at the top of every Asian food fans list of places to try. Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3AP.
One of the finest Indian restaurants in town, guests are in for a real treat with Dishoom. The restaurant is authentic to its inspiration: Bombay, with traditional dishes and modern takes on the cuisine to try. Their breakfast menu is genius, with sausage and bacon sandwiches wrapped up in naan, eggs paired with your usual Indian ingredients, with all-day menu highlights including pineapple tikka, sheekh kabab, and warm Biryani dishes. The restaurant provides the perfect social atmosphere, great for catching up with friends or for a casual date night. Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT.
7. Honest Burgers
Honest Burgers does exactly what it says on the tin, serve up delicious burgers all made in the restaurants very own butchery. Their rosemary salted chips are heavenly and served with every succulent, British beef burger. The restaurant prides itself on using local suppliers, using beers from neighbouring breweries for their menus and where able, serving locally sourced beef. The burgers are stacked high with all the toppings, such as fondue, bacon, Jalapeno relish and more. Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT.
8. The Blues Kitchen
Bringing the flavours of the Deep South to Manchester, The Blues Kitchen is the perfect place to dine if you want to leave full. We’re talking hearty plates of St Louis pork rib, rib-eye steaks, beef brisket and burgers, alongside a whopping menu of decadent cocktails, drool-worthy desserts (hello, deep-fried Oreo donuts!) – all with a hefty side of jazz, funk and soul. The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay St, M3 3HN.
9. 202 Kitchen
Transforming their new Leftbank venue into a Miami-inspired paradise, guests at 202 Kitchen will not only be left in awe by the coral pink decor infused with cheeky nods to Grand Theft Auto, but the casual menu of comforting soul food, too. Think stylish plates that are perfect for sharing such as chicken wings, tempura prawns, mini burgers, mac and cheese and more, allowing guests to try an array of dishes while they’re there. 202 Kitchen, 6-8 Left Bank, M3 3AN.
10. Scene Indian Street Kitchen
A versatile spot for warming Indian grub, Scene Indian Street Kitchen offers a curry with a difference, focussing on traditional Indian street grub with an Oriental twist. The extensive and halal-friendly menu covers everything you could possibly dream up, from classic curries and tandoori meat, to Indian-themed burgers and Indo-Chinese stir-fries. Scene Indian Street Kitchen, 4 Left Bank, M3 3AN.