Dark, mysterious and sexily lit up in red and blue neons, this new Blade Runner-inspired underground bar is a must-visit if you’re out drinking in town this weekend.
Hidden beneath District on Oldham Street, the new bar comes from the same team behind Tokyo Ramen and District – a new wave Thai kitchen and bar that brings a progressive approach to dining.
Upstairs in District, the team is intent on bringing a futuristic vision of Bangkok’s fire- and- barbecue-lined streets to the Northern Quarter’s bustling Oldham Street, with a menu that focuses on wood-fired, modern barbecue cookery.
Here, the team creates engaging, long-lasting dinner experiences that aim to consistently engage diner’s senses – from the smells of char that waft from the kitchen to the futuristic, synth-wave soundtrack.
And that vibe now continues below ground. The team has transformed the restaurant’s basement into a Blade Runner-inspired set-up, with a strong focus on cocktails.
Between the lighting, soundtrack and cocktail menu itself, you do feel like you’ve been transported into another space and time altogether down here.
Just like every other part of District, the cocktail menu has been developed to draw on all of your senses – encompassing sight, smell and taste in particular. All eight drinks on the menu draw inspiration from Thai cuisine, utilising some unique ingredients like fish sauce, tomato, turmeric and grilled bananas.
The beef fat-washed FORNAX tastes like a sort of sexy gravy. Designed to replicate the flavours of Nam Tok, a classic Thai barbecued steak salad, it’s comprised of smoked beef fat rum, fish sauce caramel, tomato and Thai parsley – then topped with a slice of Thai-style deep-fried beef jerky.
Another drink of note is the Dream Gun, comprised of grilled banana bourbon, milk of the poppy and turmeric. It is inspired by the ‘Golden Triangle, a name coined by the CIA to describe one of the largest areas of opium production in the world.
Further cocktails embrace mezcal, gin and more – whilst elsewhere you’ll find a collaboration with Manchester brewery Shindigger, listed as a District Thai_pam a selection of wines and house-made soft drinks like turmeric pop and screwpine soda.
District’s basement bar is open now every Thursday to Saturday from 5 pm to late.
Feature image – District
Food & Drink
Burgerism is opening a fifth location in Denton
Legendary Manc burger joint and takeaway Burgerism is opening another brand new location in Denton as they continue to expand their Greater Manchester empire.
Set to be their fifth brick-and-mortar site, including their existing venues in Salford, Gatley, the delivery-only kitchen in Manchester city centre and the pop-up in Freight Island, the new Tameside venue sees them reach further across the region after first launching back in 2018.
Sharing the news last week, the smash-burger experts have revealed will be bringing their signature patties, wings, fries and homemade dips to Denton‘s Stockport Road.
Popping up in place of the former Pizza Hut delivery store, the latest location is due to open in mid-March this year. Absolute scenes.
Soon to cover customers living in Denton, Hyde, Stalybridge and beyond, people can rock up to the new adjoined car park space to pick up and collect with ease, and lord knows we love a drive-thru.
To tell the truth, they’ve earned so many accolades in the six years since opening that we’ve lost track, having also been named the eighth most-ordered item on Deliveroo in the UK and the single most-ordered burger in Manchester for 2021. They even scored a collab with the one and only Hawksmoor.
They genuinely might be the best burgers in Greater Manchester.
It still remains the most popular item on Deliveroo in Manchester and this newest venue serves as yet more proof that Burgerism is one if not the best in the game and they are set to make their first moves into Liverpool at the popular Blackstock Market too.
The company’s founder, Mark Murphy, commented: “Burgerism brings restaurant quality smashed burgers straight into people’s homes. Our dream is to be the UK’s go-to delivery burger across the UK, like Domino’s is to pizza. And Denton represents the next piece of the puzzle to do that.
“We’re super excited to launch in the North East of Manchester area. Right from day one, we’ve had loads of die-hard Burgerism fans making the pilgrimage around the M60 to Salford and, while we’ve admired their commitment, we felt it was time to bring Burgerism closer to more of our friends and fans.”
We can’t wait for yet another excuse to try the FreeBird and the Wholly Double only in Tameside.
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