Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review: April 2017
Magnificent, modern and situated right in the heart of Manchester city centre is Sakana; a sophisticated mecca of all things Asian. Split over two floors, with two bars and two kitchens this place has the facilitates to go all out and impress. Décor was a mix of cool, chic and contemporary fixtures and fittings along with the vibrant Japanese themed, work of art, murals splashed on the walls. This set the tone, which was a bustling cosmopolitan place, where one can socialise with friends, family and work colleagues alike. Booth style window seating, which I loved, allowed us to take advantage of the sun without the strain on the eyes, thanks to good quality sun shields.
Welcomed by the lovely Jon, things only got better with the introduction of our awesome, amazing server Aziz. What can I say, highly motivated, customer focused, knowledgeable and his energy was infectious! Fancy something a bit different, well Sakana’s Pan Asian twist on Afternoon Tea is just what you need. The fish and vegetable handmade sushi was superb! Clean, fresh with the perfect balance of flavours and textures – best I have had in a long time. The dipping sauce was simply delicious. The chicken karaage bao and aubergine bao were both exceptional, soft, sticky and lip-smackingly tasty. Their mouth-watering selection of signature deserts were scrummy. Soft, moist and disappeared of the plate quickly.
As if this was not enough, we got to wash all this down with some of Sakana’s super signature cocktails which offered us a true taste of Asian flavours. The stand out favourites included the Sakana Sling a mix of Grey Goose Vodka, Elderflower cordial, Lemon and Lime Juice, Jasmine syrup, Apple Juice and Grenadine. Refreshing, smooth and extremely well balanced. The stunning Lotus Blossom shaken up with Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain Elderflower, Lychee Kwai Feh Liqueur and Apple Juice was incredible and one of the best cocktails I have tasted. Refreshing, light, packed with flavour, but no sharp or harshness on the palate. A smooth, clean, crisp fresh summer tasting cocktail. All our creative cocktails were mixed up by Kyle who did a smashing job and even created his own gin fix cocktail for us, again another hit.
Super Sushi, Bao, desserts and Signature cocktails mixed up with amazing service what is not to like. Will I be going back, of course! Even if it is just to see Aziz our server, who was an absolute legend!
Thank you to all the Sakana Team, my fab followers and all the brilliant bloggers out in the Blogosphere 😊
23, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR.
0161 884 1292