Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter #Review

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The Japanese inspired Cottonopolis restaurant is located in a gorgeous grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester’s Northern quarter.  Boasting Manchester’s iconic symbolic Bee, as their logo, which is proudly etched on the buildings windows.

The name Cottonopolis, that means a metropolis focused on cotton trading that serviced the cotton mills, has been inspired by Manchester’s historical past, as the international centre of the cotton trade during the 19th century.  This too is reflected in the choice of bespoke décor which combines traditional with the contemporary while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features.

Exposed brick work, industrial chain features, cast iron columns, plush tan leather seating & booths, original floorboards, cool copper light fittings which add warmth along with the natural light.  A cool, chic and classy grown up hub to hang out in and the open kitchen created a calm yet buzzing hive of activity.  Owner and architect Nick Muir really has done an outstanding job.

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Kabuto Vegetarian Noodles #Review

Kabuto Vegetarian Noodles Review: September 2017

Kabuto noodles founder Crispin Busk travelled around Australia and Asia and started working within the food industry in his late twenties. Crispin’s venture into the entrepreneurial world has been a mixed journey. 15,000 noodles pots, no customers and with a pregnant wife, Crispin had to take matters into his own hands, by scouting London’s independent retailers to stock his products. From launching his products into Harvey Nicks and throughout several countries worldwide, Crispin continues to see growth and is excited about what the future holds.

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Sapporo Teppanyaki Liverpool #Review

Sapporo Teppanyaki Liverpool Review: July 2017

The exciting entrance sets a precedent for the unique dining experience, that you are about to enjoy, displaying a piece of grand and impressive Tansu; traditional Japanese antique furniture, in the form of a fully functional corridor fire pump direct from the district of Kyoto circa 1890 – Wow!  Looking for a socially interactive dining scene, where you can immerse yourself in the world of Japanese culture and exciting entertainment, well lovely Liverpool’s Sapporo Teppanyaki is the hotspot for you. Seated with other anonymous diners, the chef prepared our Teppanyaki station, as we all engaged and eagerly waited for the Japanese action.

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Freedom Japanese Market #Review

Freedom Japanese Market Review: June 2017

A family saw a gap in the market, when their friends who had moved away from Japan could not find the same high quality of Japanese snacks in their own country. During a family holiday in the U.S, they noticed that the international stores stocked snacks, but they were either dangerously close to their sell by dates or not even of Japanese origin. With this in mind, the family went away and set up family run Freedom Japanese Market, with a determined mission to deliver quality Japanese to the world.

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Teppanyaki Chinatown Manchester #Review

Teppanyaki Chinatown Manchester Review: June 2017

Situated in the heart of Chinatown Manchester is the original Teppanyaki in the North West since 1987. At the entrance, the restaurant proudly displays their ethos on a cute wooden chalkboard, which is all about a simple, none gimmicky approach, as the authentic food and Teppanyaki experience speaks for its self.

Warmly welcomed by Edward, who settled us into the cosy seating area, while we waited for a lovely glass of fine wine and a traditional Japanese beer. There definitely was a buzz about the place, anticipation and excitement built, as we were shown to our seats at the Teppanyaki table.

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Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester #Review

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester Review: April 2017

With over 15 year’s experience serving Japanese cuisine in the UK, Sapporo teppanyaki Manchester which opened in 2005 and is situated just around the corner from the Museum of Science and Industry is a city centre hot spot that is worth a visit.  Excited to enter this Japanese paradise, the doors opened, where a warm welcome awaited.  The relaxed waiting area, lit with subdued lighting, decorated with traditional Japanese designed Asian panel Shoji screens and a wooden spinning wheel from the Kyoto region circa 1890, gave me the feeling that I had been transported into the very heart of Japan.  With a clear view of the circular bar, we watched our cocktails being mixed up, while watching the bustling bar action that would be synonymous with any Japanese city bar venue.

Delivered to the table was the striking green Japanese Slipper mixed with Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice was lush and refreshing.  The Kohii Martini shaken with Sake, Kahlua and strong expresso gives you a Japanese themed caffeine boost.  Now our time to enter the main dining area, our cocktails were kindly taken to our place at the Teppanyaki table, by our super server Saied.

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Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange #Review

Tampopo Visit: July 2016

Tampopo building

Backpack ready, passport in hand, grab your boarding pass and come join me for a tour of East Asia, but all under one roof. Thankfully David Fox both owner and founder of Tampopo has already done the hard work for you. Tampopo at Manchester’s Corn Exchange offers diners an exciting extraordinary eastern exploration to sample creative culinary cuisines from across Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

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