FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: THE BEST OF… JULY 2016

Every month i round up my favourite dishes / restaurants i have visited, with hopefully some helpful tips on where to go and what to try in and around Manchester.

Here’s what happened in July.

Alabama’s All American Eatery
Brunch is everywhere at the moment in Manchester, but Alabama’s is on a whole other level. We popped in on a Wednesday morning and the restaurant was a mixture of families, tourists and regulars popping in for their coffee fix.
We chose a table next to the open Kitchen so we could torture ourselves with food envy while we took a look at the menu. Everything that appeared we wanted!
Everything we ordered was brunch brilliance but my stand out favourites were. The Eggs Royale, complete with their in-house maple cured salmon and the bacon and maple syrup french toast stack. I think i am still dreaming about these.

Alabama’s All American Eatery, 10 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AN
http://www.alabamas.co.uk

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Gusto Restaurant and Bar
I’ll admit with all the new openings in Manchester over the last 18 months i forgot about Gusto, but then popping in for a Friday lunch treat i remembered how much i used to love it. The 1920’s feel, the grand bar, the elegance, the building, everything about this place feels like a classic. I opted for the Pork Belly with Gnocchi and what a dish! Be warned the portion was huge, but the flavours worked so well together i would definitely return for this dish…. along with the garlic bread which was everything a garlic bread would hope to be.

Gusto Restaurant & Bar, Elliot House, 4 Lloyd Street (off Deansgate) Manchester M2 5AB
http://gustorestaurants.uk.com/restaurants/manchester/

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Don Giovanni
I Enjoyed Don Giovanni so much we went back, last time we didn’t choose the mozzarella sticks and to be honest i hadn’t stopped thinking about them, they are soooooo simple but sooooo effective really glad we went back for them, this time for mains i went for the Chicken Gnocchi (again with lots of mozzarella…. can you tell i am addicted) Again this was another classic and perfectly done dish…. see you soon Don Giovanni’s!

Don Giovanni, 1 – 2 Peter House, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5AN
http://dongiovanni.uk.com

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Opera Grill

Individual Restaurants have a lot to live up to after the re-opening of Caffé Grande Piccolo in Manchester and Opera Grill lived up to our expectations if not above and beyond. The listed building used to be a methodist church and then became a garage where spitfire wings were repaired during the war. Any IR have used elements throughout the building to keep those stories alive.
The food is internationally inspired grill. We sampled so many dishes and i thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. If you asked me to described them all with one word it would be FRESH. You can really tell the ingredients are a major player here and it comes through in bucket loads in the dishes, stand out ones for me were the xxxx and the lamb chops.

Opera Grill, 3 Pepper Street, Chester CH1 1DF
http://www.individualrestaurants.com/bar-and-grill/opera-grill/

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