Cottonopolis, Manchester

Good evening, girlies and guys! Third post of the week (I’m so inspired!), so today I want to review a restaurant. I absolutely love reviewing restaurants because one: I love eating and two: I love to rave about a place that deserves good reviews. It’s rare I come across a restaurant that blows my mind, so I’m always excited when I find a gem.

Last week was Jason’s best friends birthday, so we decided to go out for food and a few drinks. The first place we stumbled across was Cottonopolis in the Northern Quarter. We all immediately fell in love with the interior. Dark woods, booths, high chairs, stylish light hangings – it was also quiet, with just a hum of conversation and the smell of good food coming from the open kitchen. We were seated quickly and were given glasses of ice with bottles of water for the table and our server was lovely.

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The menu is set out in four sections – ice, fire, steam and oil. Each plate chosen is a bit smaller than a normal meal, and after successfully eating 3 (and sharing another 2!), I’d suggest just order 2 of the main meals. The food is filling! Each dish ranges from £5-£20 for a main and £3.50-£6 for a side dish.

I decided to order Beef Tataki, which was fillet seared with onion ponzu, spring onions and crispy shallots. This was my favourite part of the meal and tasted incredible. The flavour was incredible, but I’d stress that if you like your steak well-done, it’s pretty obvious you should avoid this meal! The reason it’s in the ice menu is because it is cold, so don’t be expecting hot steak, aight?

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The next two meals I ordered were Chicken Yakitori, which came with a peanut sauce, and Pork Bao. The great thing about everything I ordered is that it’s absolutely bursting with flavour! Everything is cooked to perfection, served quickly and tastes incredible.

When I first saw the menu, I (as a soon-to-be student), was a bit worried about the prices. But when getting the bill, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as much as I thought it’d be – especially for the amount of food and drinks we had (including cocktails with Monkey47 gin!). It worked out around £30 a head, so definitely worth it for a birthday meal out!

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All in all, I was really impressed with this place. The cocktails were so impressive! I even asked for a White Lady cocktail at the end of the meal and, despite it not being on the menu, they made it for me and it was delicious.

Our waiter, Alex, also suggested to us to try the Gin Tour that comes through the bar. The birthday boy is a big fan of gin, so he also brought over some different types of gin available and talked us through where they were from and how they were made! Alex really went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable, chatting to us about where we were off to that night and what type of drinks we enjoyed, and he really was the cherry on top of a fantastic meal.

I would highly recommend coming here. It is a little bit pricier than some other places, but if you’re willing to spend that little bit more, it’s definitely worth it. The food is delicious, the cocktails are well made, the atmosphere is brilliant and the staff are incredibly friendly.

What more could you ask for?

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