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Friday night dinner

I will be in manchester on the 31st of October. I am meeting friends for the United game on the 1st.

Looking for suggestions for where to have dinner Friday night. LIke most all types of food. I am staying over by Old Trafford, but have no issue traveling to another part of town for some good food. Will be dining by myself and probably checking out Canal Street afterwards.

Thanks for any suggestions that you might have. Can't believe I will be there in only 2 weeks! YEAHHHHHHHHHH!

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1. Re: Friday night dinner


I would grab a cab, or jump on the metro link into manchester city centre..

Piccolinos - Clarence st near town hall, italian food, buzzing atomosphere, and you will be looked after by the friendly staff.

El Rincons - Spanish Tapas restaurant - longworthy st of deansgate near hilton hotel, beautiful authentic spanish tapas.

These are my 2 top personal favourite restaurants in manchester...

Enjoy Man U lets hope they win!!

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2. Re: Friday night dinner

Hi, Head for The City Centre and you will have no end of choice. Have a look at this site, it will give you an idea of the choice of restaurants..


Canal Street is only a short walk from China Town and the Northern Quarter, so it might be best to look at restaurants in those areas.

I hope all goes well, it's a pity that you will miss the Celtic match, next week.

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3. Re: Friday night dinner

I'd highly recommend Chinatown. Get off the tram at St Peters Square.

There are dozens and dozens of places to eat in Chinatown and many of them are superb (some are ropey as well, particularly the buffets). If I'm eating on my own I regularly go to Fu's cafe (just down from the Chinese arch) which is superb or Tai Wu (the massive place on Oxford Road which is alwasy rammed with Chinese 20-somethings...it's that big and that busy no-one thinks twice about solo diners. It was fined for health issues a few years ago but it's under new ownership now).

Next door to Tai Wu is one of the best bars in town for solo-drinking, the Temple of Convenience. It's a tiny place (believe me, tiny) and it's very easy to get talking to people. It's also diagonally opposite one the best casinos (Circus casinos) which is free to join.

From Chinatown you're only a few minutes walk to the gay village. There are a few places to eat in the gay village as well, but I'm not an expert.

If you're after any specific cuisine, please shout.

ps...last time you were on weren't you after Nike shops? They've all closed now but there is a new one on Market Street (the main shopping road in the city centre).

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4. Re: Friday night dinner

Thanks for all the suggestions and info. This board is really the best.

Yeah, I was looking for Nike the last time I was in town. Already have the info on the new store. I believe it is one of our new concepts, so I am excited to see it. Of course most of my money will likely be spent at the Mega-store at Old Trafford.

Can't wait to get there. I need to go find my winter jacket though, probably a little cooler than here in the desert.

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5. Re: Friday night dinner

Hi, The Nike store at the retail outlet, on Salford Quays, closed down a few months ago. It has now reopened on the same site. The Quays are only a short walk from Old Trafford.

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6. Re: Friday night dinner

If you're heading for Canal St, why not eat at one of the restaurants there? I have always had good food and great service in Velvet, and they have a bar upstairs.

Have a great time!


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7. Re: Friday night dinner

Give us a steer then PJinAZ, what sort of food do you like?

There's hundred's of restaurants with probably over thirty or forty cuisines here in Manchester* so without some form of direction we'll either all shout out our pet faves (it's a Tripadvisor tradition!) or we'll deluge you with too much information.

As regards Canal Street specifically it's traditionally a drinking strip rather than an eating place and the only "serious" restaurants have crashed and burned (Mash and Air, Sarasota and, most recently, Gastros).

That said Taurus and Velvet both do decent, wide-ranging menu's in buzzy surroundings but be warned some of the stuff is bought in and pre-packaged so expect good value and tasty rather than anything inspiring.

A wild card is the new Brazilian place that has opened on Sackville St (50 metres from Canal St) where Gastro's used to be. The name escapes me but it's based on those classic Brazilian steakhouses where tons of meat is cooked in fire pits and constantly brought to your table and you or your waiter just calve off the chunks you want.

It's meant to be rather good, and thought not cheap it does operate on an all you can eat basis.

That said as an American you may be horrified by the cost of eating steak over here...

Anyway a steer on price/cuisine/style of restaurant and I'm sure you'll get plenty more recommendations.



*Oh, as an aside I hate to hijack a thread but how many cuisines can we list that are represented in Manchester? Let's start with the city centre though exceptional cases from the 'burbs may be included:

British - Sam's/Mr T's etc

Italian - Piccolino etc

Spanish - El Rincon etc

Japanese - Sapporo Teppanyaki etc

Chinese (Cantonese) - Yang Sing etc

Chinese (Siuchan) - Red Chilli etc

French - The French (struggling there...)

Danish - Kro

Armenian - Armenian Taverna

Malaysian - Ning

Korean - Koreana

Russian - St Petersburg

Turkish - Topkapi Palace

Greek - Dimitris

Afro-Carribean - Yo Mama's (I think)

Thai - Chaophrya etc

Nepalese - There's at least one in Chinatown but whats the name?

Brazilian - Pau Brazil

Argentinian - Gaucho Grill

American - Henry J Beans

Indian - EastZEast

Pakistani - Mahabra etc

Portugese - Luso

Irish - Waxy O'Connors

Mexican - El Macho

Jewish - JS

Lebanese - Cedar Tree

Alas I think we're currently unrepresented with the following cuisines:

Belgian - Used to be Abbaye? There is the Belgian Belly deli out in Chorlton.

Dutch - Used to be the Dutch Pancake House?

African - Bit broad I know but Jowata used to qualify. There might be a new place just off Canal St?

Polish - Used to be Pot of Beer? There's plenty of Polish deli's about but restaurants?

Filipino - Used to be Cafe Cebu on Tib St

Keep adding to it!

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8. Re: Friday night dinner

the brazilian place on sackville street / brazil street is called tropeiro.


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9. Re: Friday night dinner

I am open to whatever you guys recommend. It will be my "nice meal" for my trip. Anything that is a step above McDonald's would be great! :)

And feel free to threadjack away. love the list.

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10. Re: Friday night dinner

Hi, Sam's Chop House is a Manchester institution, have a look at the menu on this link. It might be what you are looking for.