Manchester is quickly becoming a capital of food and drink, with the city centre recently getting Manchester's first Michelin star in 40 years with Mana, and suburbs like Chorlton giving birth to some incredible new local spots, it seems eating out is currently experiencing a 'moment'.
And we're delighted by it. But because the city centre and surrounding areas are now becoming so dense with GOOD places to book, the choice has never been harder and I often find myself hangrily arguing about where to go.
So let me help you be a little less hangrier than me this weekend by taking you through Manchester's most highly rated restaurants according to Trip Advisor reviews.
The 'British Asian Kitchen' is one of the best loved Asian food destinations in the UK with branches not only in Manchester, but in Bradford, Leeds and Birmingham too. Their east-meets-west fusions are seriously moth watering and 100% halal. You can find it on Wilmslow Road. Check out their website to see their menu, book a table or even order online.
9. Bar San Juan
If you like traditional tapas and you haven't been to San Juan in Chorlton yet then you are completely missing out. It's arguably the best tapas restaurant in Manchester and is a big pull for the popular suburb at the moment. You can't book a table so you will have to head down and hope for the best, but any wait time at this place is completely worth it. Trust us. Find it on Beech Road in Chorlton. Check out their menu on their website here.
Stockport Road isn't traditionally famous for its great food and is often a source of frustration for angry drivers trying to get to and from work, but if you've ever managed to visit Alborz then your perception of the famous rood will probably change (just a little). Alborz is an authentic Persian restaurant, and the oldest Persian restaurant in Manchester, might we add. Their menu is inspired by classic Persian cuisine, so expect one of the best kebabs you'll ever have, as you'rte probably used to those fake takeaway kebabs you get from the curry house down the road. The food here is seriously high quality. Check out their menu on their website here.
7. Revolution Oxford Road
This one came a bit out of left field. I mean, there's nothing wrong with Revolution, and to be honest it does some pretty good scran. But I just wasn't expecting to come across it on this list, which is an accumulation of the best reviewed spots to eat in Manchester. So fair play to Revs. We all know it, it serves globally inspired comfort food that goes down an absolute treat before getting hammered. Book a table and check out their menu here.
Platzki inside the Great Northern is simply the best Polish food you'll find in town. They've basically taken traditional Polish food and added a street twist to it – much like Mowgli does with Indian street food. They are a family run business with a real passion for fresh food, and this becomes evident when you eat there. Book a table and check out their menu on their website here.
5. La Casita
La Casita is Mexican street food done very, very well. It's also run by "a real life Mexican." Their words, not ours. The little restaurant is another small restaurant in Chorlton making a big name for itself. It's so good that almost everyone in there when you visit is a regular and their authentic food is vibrant, delicious and seriously tasty. You'll find them on Barlow Moor Rd. Check out their menu and book a table on their website here.
4. Double Zero
You haven't had pizza until you've visited Double Zero in Chorlton. Yes, Chorlton again. This place is seriously good. I wish I could just leave it there to be honest. I may have eaten the best cheesy garlic bread of my life at Double Zero, and their thin crust, Neopolitan-style pizza is to die for. They are cooked right in front of you (they make their dough on site every day) with authentic Italian ingredients and spend less than 90 seconds in their 450c wood-fired oven. The result is perfection. Check out their menu on their website and head to Barlow Moor Rd to see what all the fuss is about.
3. Campo Blanco
Taking the bronze is another tapas bar in the suburbs, but this time we're at Campo Blanco in Whitefield. This place only opened in 2018 but has quickly become a popular spot for traditional tapas outside of the city centre and with a great drinks menu and solid music to accompany the unbelievable dishes, you can have a top night in here. It's run by a couple who clearly love what they do, and you can feel that from the moment you walk in and sit down. Find them on Moss Lane. Check out their menu and book a table on their website here.
2. One Plus
What can we say about One Plus? We f*cking love this place. It's the only Chinese restaurant in the list and there's no surprise when it coms to how high it features. One Plus is basically three restaurant experiences in one, with a rice and noodle bar in their basement, a game changing hotpot floor on the ground floor and a Chinese grill on the top floor. Their ingredients are as fresh as can be and with so many things on the menu you can have a different experience whenever you visit. It's the highest rated Chinese restaurant in a city full of Chinese restaurants – and you'll know exactly why once you've given them a visit. Find them on Charles Street. Check out their menu and book a table on their website here.
Yep, we're back in Chorlton where the top spot belongs to Lebanese restaurant Zaytoon. It's the highest rated restaurant in Manchester according to Trip Advisor reviews, topping a list of 1900 restaurants. If you're looking for Mediterranean food in south Manchester then there literally is no point going anywhere else. Their mixed platters are unbelievable and the service is excellent. It's traditional as it gets here and is often filled with regulars who can't get enough of their food. It's well deserving of the gold, for sure. Find them on Barlow Moor Rd. Check out their menu on their website here.