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Summary

“An excellent bar and cocktails” help drive the “always busy, always bubbly” vibe at this “slick”, subterranean operation (from Living Ventures), just off Deansgate, where “enjoyable”, eclectically sourced small plates provide “bursts of flavour”.

£61
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Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Australian, Indonesian, European with a little Japanese thrown in sums up the culinary influences” of this “superbly designed”, “swanky” and “romantic” basement, just off Deansgate – a “very trendy and upbeat place” that mostly “lives up to the hype”, despite its “elevated prices”.

£60
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Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Enjoy the vibe!”; this “cool but unpretentious” basement, just off Deansgate, has a “fabulous” interior, and most reports say the Pacific Rim fusion fare is “fantastic” too; critics do find the place “flashy” and “deafening”, though, not to mention “too expensive”.

£62
Good
Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Arguably it’s “theatrical, OTT, somewhat pretentious and a little expensive”, but this “laid back”, “trendy clubby” basement hot spot is “just the place to impress someone”, and there’s substance to its “stunning” pan-Asian cuisine.

£58
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Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Set in a vast 12, 000 square foot, semi-industrial space on the first floor of The Avenue North in Spinningfields, Manchester. Cooking goes back to basics in the fire, with pizzas, meat and fish it is casual dining at its best. Think artist's loft studio meets concrete warehouse: stripped back and raw. Showcasing sculptures, murals, art installations. Open all day, everyday, serving brunch on weekends as well as lacing the city with music and drink into the night.

Restaurant details

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10.45 pm
1 The Avenue Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP
Opening hours

noon - midnight
Last orders: 10.45 pm

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