The runaway success of Six By Nico is continuing, with the popular affordable restaurant about to open its second restaurant in Manchester.
Six By Nico is famed for making tasting menus affordable, with six courses for only £39.
And it’s built up a solid base of returning customers by changing its menu to a different theme every six weeks, taking inspiration from places, memories, literature and imagination.
For its newest opening, Six By Nico has returned to Manchester again and is launching a 75-cover restaurant on John Dalton Street, directly opposite IKaro.
The beautiful restaurant space features sage green walls, brown leather banquette seating, and dark marble and mahogany tables, as well as a checkerboard tiles floor and impressive overhead gold light fixtures.
The brand new restaurant space splits into two areas, with a relaxed bar area looking out on the street outside.
Its design takes a few nods to Manchester’s history too, from huge woven hangings inspired by the city’s illustrious cotton trade, and timber and antique brass details.
For its launch, the menu will be Cooking Tokyo, available until 14 January.
The newest menu has once again been created by founder Nico Simeone, following a research trip to Tokyo, inspired by street food favourites and Japanese classics.
Dishes include chicken karaage, tempura mushroom, oknomiyaki (a pork and prawn pancake), ramen, and panko pork cutlet, with a white chocolate, matcha and strawberry dessert.
As always, a full vegetarian version is available, where the protein is swapped for ingredients like kimchi, tofu, and pumpkin.
There’s the option to add a selected drink pairing for £30 alongside your £39 menu, plus a selected aperitif, which will be the £9 Sakura (gin, cherry, ginger, and lemon).
Panko pork cutlet and glazed pork belly at Six By Nico. Credit: The Manc GroupThe Cooking Toyko dessert at Six By Nico. Credit: The Manc Group
In 2023 alone, Six By Nico has opened sites in Leeds, Cardiff and Birmingham, and now has a second Manchester restaurant to its bow.
Nico Simeone said: “We are very excited to be opening our second venue in the vibrant city of Manchester.
“Since launching in 2019, our Spring Gardens venue has gone from strength to strength, prompting demand for a second site in the heart of the city. The support we have had from the people of Manchester and further afield, as well as the team we have had there since day one, have all helped make a second-site possible.
“Our aim at Six by Nico is to help our guests create memories and stories together, by pushing our creative boundaries with a new menu every six weeks.
“We look forward to welcoming new and regular guests when Six by Nico Deansgate opens its doors on 30th November.”
The Failsworth pizzeria with queues of delivery drivers and mac and cheese pizza
There are a lot of contenders vying for the title of the best pizza in Greater Manchester – but judging by the endless stream of delivery drivers traipsing up to Failsworth, Corner Slice might be up there…
This little pizzeria has carved out a niche for itself serving Detroit-style pizzas, and though some have attempted the same, no one comes close to this quality.
These deep-dish rectangular pizzas are made with a lighter, spongier dough than the sort of chewy Neapolitan you see a lot of these days.
They’re baked in a dish so that the edges crisp up perfectly, and with toppings and cheese spread right to the edges, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Corner Slice has just raised the bar again with its menu of creative toppings, including – and brace yourself here – mac and cheese pizza.
The Lord Lane local clearly looked at its normal thick-based pizzas and went ‘hmm, no, not enough carb. Add pasta’.
The result is their oozy, gooey mac and cheese pizza called Mr Mac – a béchamel base with macaroni, smoked mozzarella, a cheese blend, and a pesto crumb. Oh lordy.
Corner Slice’s Mr Mac pizza dipped in fermented hot sauceThe cheese pull on that…Pasta on pizza
Other menu highlights include the Red Wing (nduja, jalapeños, pepperoni and hot honey) and Sunrise (Korean BBQ cauliflower, gochujang mayo, kimchi onions and pickled cucumber) – the former leaving you with streaks of bright red chilli honey up your arms, the latter so packed with flavour that you find yourself staring down at your slice in amazement after each bite.
And if you just can’t decide, you can always go half-and-half on your pizza topping.
It’s not just about the pizzas either.
Half-and-half Detroit-style pizza at Corner SliceParmesan waffle fries and buffalo chicken
Corner Slice also has incredible sides, like Korean BBQ popcorn chicken, parmesan waffle fries, and garlic dough rolls with rotating flavours.
There are dips too, made on-site, like the fermented hot sauce that’s probably most closely related to Buffalo sauce (but infinitely more interesting) and BBQ ranch.
The whole time we’re there (which is midday on a Friday) there’s a constant stream of delivery drivers coming to collect orders. The phone never stops ringing.
At one point, they take an order that’s fit to feed an entire American football team.
It looks like the future is bright for Corner Slice. And thank god – we’re already lusting after those crusts.
Corner Slice in FailsworthA spread of pizzas and sides at Corner Slice in Failsworth