It’s no secret that Manchester is an up-and-coming food haven, so JLife has decided to take a dive into some new (and expanding) faces.
Smoke & Mirrors
New Altringham-based bar Smoke & Mirrors stocks a wide range of the finest liquors to be crafted by trained and experienced mixologists into glamorous cocktails. Some highlights of the drinks menu include the Golden Apple, combining all the flavours of autumn into a honey whisky-based tipple, and the Cappuccini, mixing coffee liqueur, Baileys, and Goldschlage to make a take on a boozy cappuccino. Delicious cocktails aren’t all Smoke & Mirrors has to offer however, as it’s also Manchester’s only shisha bar! Regular shisha is £25 while the premium is £30. Premium options include curious mixes such as Irn Bru, orange, and mint, or frozen watermelon and blue mist.
Already an established name in the Manchester food circuit, Salvi’s is set to open a new location on Deansgate Square, which will not only host a restaurant but also a bar, deli, and exhibition space. Owners Maurizio and Claire opened the first Salvi’s in the Corn Exchange in 2011, and the brand’s popularity has only grown since. Serving “real Italian family cuisine”, some of the highlights of the menu include pasta puttanesca and filetto al barolo.
Online supermarket Hello Oriental has launched a physical location in Circle Square. The massive food hall, spanning three floors, is the one stop shop for lovers of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Not only does the hall hold a food hall providing tasty staples such as pho, dim sum, bao buns, noodles, fried rice, and taiyaki, but it also contains a Chinese bakery and supermarket. If that isn’t enough, Hello Oriental will also play host to live music and DJs.
Great North Pie Co
Great North Pie Co will be opening its third location in Manchester this year, in the trendy new Kampus neighbourhood. Accompanying Great North Pie Co’s award-winning pies will be sides of mashed potato, mushy peas, and gravy. The restaurant’s menu will focus and using seasonal and local produce, and therefore changes according to availability, but diners will see the likes of beef mince and onion, Lancashire cheese and onion, and spinach and cheese.
Conceived in the midst of the pandemic to massive success, Lucky Mama’s is making the jump from portable food truck to a fixed location in the form of a new restaurant. Lucky Mama’s is a melting pot of cuisines, drawing from Senegalese, Italian, and Spanish recipes. The menu consists of pizza and pasta dishes, with favourites including the signature Lucky pizza (mushrooms, onions, sweetcorn, mixed peppers, black olives, with garlic and herb but- ter) and the Rasta pasta malfadine (jerk creamy sauce with garlic and parmesan cheese, sautéed mixed peppers and onions).