In recent years, the restaurants of Manchester have sent many a London restaurateur running for cover. It is a city which has become known not only as a vibrant centre of economy, but also an electric centre of gastronomy.
So with that in mind, here is our guide to a handful of the best or most interesting places to enjoy good food in this city.
Best British Restaurant in Manchester
For many, the fact that Aiden Byrne's 'Manchester House' did not receive a Michelin star this year was seen as nothing short of a travesty. Innovative, delicious and compelling food have made Manchester House - a restaurant which is not yet even eighteen months old - a 'must-visit' on the Manchester foodie trail.
Coupled with its stunning location and offering views across the North-West skyline, it is no wonder that this restaurant has just been named as Manchester's 'Restaurant of the Year'.
Best Indian Restaurant in Manchester
Think of Indian Food in Manchester, and you automatically think of the world famous 'curry mile' in Rusholme, lined with an endless choice of curry houses.
However, for those in the know, the best Indian restaurant in Manchester lies about two miles South of here, in the culinary corner of South Manchester known as 'West Didsbury'.
The 'Great Kathmandu' has been a staple for locals for many years, who will happily let the tourists visit the curry mile, whilst keeping this secret little location to themselves. Ask the chef for the house special "Makhanwhala" - you will not be disappointed!
Best vegetarian food in Manchester
Travel about two hundred yards up the road from The Great Kathmandu, and you arrive at the undisputed king of the vegetarian eating experience in Manchester.
Simon Rimmer's "Greens" vegetarian restaurant, also in West Didsbury, is that good that you will find tables full of hardened carnivores eating there, and if you go without sampling one of the pies on the menu, you really will have missed out on a unique taste experience.
Best budget eaterie in Manchester
With more than 30,000 students in situ, it isn't surprising that there is fierce competition when it comes to providing good quality, budget food in Manchester. There are numerous choices of places to eat, no more so than in the hip Northern Quarter area of the city.
If you can deal with queuing (yes, the burgers really are that good), then Almost Famous is definitely worth a visit. Those in the know say that the burgers are better than those you can get in the best burger joint in New York, so who are we to argue?
Best 'fast food' in ManchesterIf you can think beyond the Golden Arches, then there is a wonderful world of fast food that should not be overlooked in Manchester. From the 'Makers Markets'' which occur throughout the city on different days, through to cheeky little eateries in China Town, there really is something for anyone who just likes to eat on the run.
Bar Burrito in Piccadilly Gardens offers 'on-the-hop' Mexican food, with a fully loaded burrito coming in at around the six pound mark.
Added to this is the fact that you can get a kid's size burrito for less than three pounds, and you've got a place that provides something a little different to the usual fast food outlets.
Best Manchester Breakfast
If you can steer yourself away from the traditional English, then Moose Coffee on York Street is a must-visit. A spin off of the highly successful Moose coffee houses in Liverpool, it serves pancakes that are simply to die for. If you arrive at brunch time on a weekend day, then chances are you will have to wait, but it is well worth it.
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