Popular greek restaurant The Real Greek is opening a new restaurant in Manchester, it has been revealed.
Part of the same restaurant chain as Franco Manca, it will take over the former Wahaca unit inside The Corn Exchange after choosing Manchester as its location for the group’s first restaurant in the north.
Incredibly popular down south, the restaurant is known for its amazing souvlaki wraps which come stuffed with a choice of Loukaniko sausage pork belly, pork skewer, halloumi, chicken, lamb meatballs, falafel with tahini or jackfruit, alongside chips, homemade tzatziki, and salad.
It also offers a huge selection of hot and cold mezze, including a grill section featuring the likes of grilled octopus with fava beans, chicken Monastiraki, beef and pork sausage skewers, aubergine, and vegan meatballs served in a tomato and cumin Soutzoukakia sauce.
Elsewhere, you’ll find crowd-pleasing favourites like halloumi fries, stuffed vine leaves, battered salt cod and Greek moussaka, plus spinach tiropitakia – handmade filo parcels stuffed with creamy leek, spinach and feta – and jackfruit stifado.
The Real Greek Manchester will also offer a set dinner menu, Filoxenia, priced at £13.95 for a selection of four dishes. This will give you a choice of flatbread or crudites, a hot mezze, a cold mezze, three sides or salads – all for less than £15.
Further set menus listed include Tonia’s Selection, priced at £36 for two to share, and the slightly more expensive Santorini (£40), also designed for two to share.
As for desserts, think homemade baklava (crisp filo pastry drenched in honey and walnuts), Greek filo custard pie (a traditional dessert from Sérres, North Greece, known as Bougatsa), and a Grecian caramel, pecan and vanilla cheesecake.
On the wine list, you’ll find a good selection of Greek wines including a selection of delicious full-bodied reds produced on the slopes of Mount Vermion – one of the first AOC regions to be registered in Greece.
You’ll also find Ouzo on the list here – the popular dry anise-flavoured aperitif for which Greece is well known amongst holidaymakers.
The new opening is part of a planned group expansion across the UK, which will also see The Real Greek open a second new site down in Kent.
Speaking on the new opening David Page, chairman of Fulham Shore, said: “Fulham Shore continues to experience growing sales across both our businesses. Many of our restaurants throughout the UK continue to break trading records on a regular basis.
“We are accelerating our growth in the UK and abroad. We continue to trade ahead of our own expectations and have a strong pipeline of exciting new locations.”
The opening date for the new site is still under wraps for now but make sure to follow them on Instagram for further updates.
A restaurant in Ancoats is serving up plates of crispy fried squirrel
A Manchester restaurant is serving up plates of crispy fried squirrel – and their customers absolutely love it.
Taking game dishes to a whole other level, the wild crispy buttermilk fried squirrel at Ancoats restaurant Street Urchin comes served atop a creamy pulled ham hock cassoulet, with hazelnut bread croutons and nettle pesto and costs £22.50.
Sourced from their game supplier in Cumbria, it might sound nutty but owner Rachel Choudhary told The Manc that the dish has proven incredibly popular – and that the team has been ‘really surprised’ at how much of a hit it has become with customers since adding it to the menu.
She said: “We were looking for something new for the game options on the menu. Kev was speaking to our game supplier and randomly asked if he had any grey squirrels. Happily, he did.
“The whole team tried the dish the day it went on and the majority thought it was really good.
“We weren’t sure if it would sell, but have been really surprised. So many people have tried it and given good feedback. We’ve recommended that they eat it like chicken wings and pick it up, that way you get most of the meat.
“I’d never tried squirrel before and I absolutely loved it, it has great flavour, rich buttery texture, and it’s wild, free-range meat.”
The gray squirrel currently has an estimated population of 2.5 million in the UK according to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and is considered a good sustainable alternative to factory-farmed meat.
It is legal to control grey squirrels by shooting or trapping them in the UK in a humane manner and even helps protect the UK’s endangered native red squirrel population.
Whilst some might find the idea of eating squirrels a tad unappealing, many chefs argue it is better to eat them when culling as it means the meat does not go to waste.
English market diner Street Urchin was first opened on Great Ancoats Street in 2019 by husband and wife team Rachel and Kevin Choudary.
Prior to opening in town, the couple ran The Victoria in Altrincham for eight years before deciding that it was time to move on.
Their Ancoats market diner has made its name on being one of the few city centre restaurants specialising in fresh fish, with everything from clams and mackerel to cured chalk stream trout, king scallops, and whole grilled red gurnard regularly available on the menu.