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What's good in terms of places to eat?

...any good arthouse cinemas?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:16 (four years ago) link

I was pleased with the food and the drink in this place: http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/

Tim, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:19 (four years ago) link

Looks good (although that first pic :-))! From the postcode I am staying near there

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:22 (four years ago) link

manchester has a brand new arthouse cinema! - http://homemcr.org/

plenty of good places to eat depending on what sort of thing you're looking for. the armenian taverna is a meat fest in a subterranean grotto, el rincon is great for unpretentious argentine tapas, samsi on whitworth st a v good japanese restaurant...

ogmor, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:33 (four years ago) link

Thanks ogmor. As to what I'm looking for just recommend anything you really enjoyed and I'll be looking to try.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:44 (four years ago) link

2nd week here - why is the centre of the city being carved open, roadworks seemingly everywhere. Couple of biblical showers last week but great weather at the start of the week..

Found a shop that does pancakes for breakfast, makes a change from the hotel (LOL bastards can't even do porridge).

Otherwise finding my way - Arndale annoying, otherwise Marblebeers is nice Tim thanks. Thomas Street has that Dalston vibe, reminding me of fkn 'home' - really all that this needed was shit furniture. Will go back for pork pie (which they didn't have when I went in).

Also went to the Armenian and certainly going back. Funnily enough I was reading a passage about Mandelstam's "Journey to Armenia" in another bk. Good place.

Found what seems to be Chinatown in Faulkner Street so working my way.

Found a really nice comics and bookshop - will note its name down for my next update, should I live.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 September 2015 20:58 (four years ago) link

gullivers on oldham st, and the castle across the road are your go-to pubs. often got live music, spoken word, comedy on. friendly mix of old manc & new

NI, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 02:04 (four years ago) link

Yes NI whilst walking back I took a detour and saw Gullivers and I think the Castle (there was some Karaoke coming out of it), totally going for a drink tonight at the former - looked really good.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:48 (four years ago) link

no karaoke at castle, it's really not that kind of place! my mate's hosting a spoken word event there tonight, free entry and always great.

NI, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08 (four years ago) link

Found a really nice comics and bookshop - will note its name down for my next update, should I live.

Paramount books near shudehill bus station/back of the arndale? if not you should definitely visit.

forgot to update this, but other notable eateries - habesha on sackville street, the spiral staircase in the corner of a kebab shop is an inauspicious entrance but this is a pretty great and very reasonable ethiopian&eritrean restaurant.

there are a few good curry houses in the city centre, I'd probably go for rajdoot, which is on the opposite side of albert square to the armenian taverna, but if you can make it to rusholme it's worth a stroll (I like sanam, the palestinian falafel place is also fantastic) and the great kathmandu on burton road in didsbury is probably my overall favourite.

not sure what your plans are but if you're up for a pint ilxmail me!

ogmor, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:21 (four years ago) link

Yeah Paramount - paid a quick visit, looks great.

Saw this quickly last night and went to Habesha and that's great - really good local knowledge there, never spot that in a million years.

Been wondering re: curry house. Will try.

Will ilxmail - up for a drink sometime.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 October 2015 10:05 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Any restaurants in Manchester that you (or rather my sister) would be pleased to get a birthday voucher for? (Meals? Afternoon tea?)

djh, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:27 (four years ago) link

Dough pizza

cardamon, Thursday, 5 November 2015 01:03 (four years ago) link

I would be extremely pleased to visit one of the Simon Rogan places at The Midland, but that may be further up the £££ scale than you had in mind.

Tim, Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:04 (four years ago) link

yeah for a treat the midland would be good

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:13 (four years ago) link

I hear wonderful things about the lime tree in didsbury as well which would be considerably more reasonable

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:30 (four years ago) link

Going to Rajdoot now and its outstansding.

Also go to Samsi as I stay nearby there - bdesides serving a terrific Katsu cuury it has good ice cream for dessert.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:52 (four years ago) link

glad you like rajdoot! love a samsi bento box and the sushi must be the best in manchester by quite a way

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 13:07 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

El Rincon is brilliant tapas place, went last night and it is tough to get a table (and you can only book in advance if its for three ppl at least)

Extra offline recommends from ogmor that I've also checked out:

- Yuzu is an excellent, humble Japanese place in the less busier corner in Faulkner street

- Salvi is a v good Italian on John Dalton Street

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:41 (four years ago) link

For breakfast I settled on Fig + Sparrow on Oldham street - which doubles as a design shop.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:43 (four years ago) link

Ppl at fig are v friendly although they weren't open at 8am (xmas parties season then?)

Went for some pancakes + berries + yoghurt (er @ that mix) and the jukebox was '97: Manics, Verve, Radiohead, Ash, MANSUN. LOL Indie. What corruption and filth.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 December 2015 09:44 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven't been to Manchester in 24 years, but I'm glad to see some things haven't changed.

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Michael Cawley ‏@cawleym1 Jan 1
Hogarthian in all respects, the pissed bloke getting his beer has poignant poetic majesty.

Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (nakhchivan), Sunday, 3 January 2016 09:00 (three years ago) link

There is a Buddhist centre and a v gd veg cafe round the corner from there.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 January 2016 11:23 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

Are there any good vegetarian resturants in Manchester?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:43 (three years ago) link

1847, right in the centre of town, is really good, I went there a few months ago. Excellent organic wine list too.

The Male Gaz Coombes (Neil S), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:53 (three years ago) link

I'll check it out tx.

what's the deal with Paramount books? that is now only open on Sat and Sun - before xmas its opening hours only included Friday.

Is that the main indepedent bookseller in the city centre?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:04 (three years ago) link

also: soref, neil s - both myself and ogmor were talking about a Manchester fap sometime (no it won't end like those pics above :-))

Let us know whether you might be around in Feb sometime.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:05 (three years ago) link

manchester/nw ilx needs to rally together or at least congeal in the NQ somewhere

ogmor, Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:43 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

and one more - otherwise me and ogmor will hopefully get to paint the town do something

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:44 (three years ago) link

Is there a good place for breakfast that might do some nice things? (French toast or pancakes or just nice porridge) and that opens at 7am.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:46 (three years ago) link

sorry never responded to yr kind invite, I'm actually London-based but am in Mcr to see my brother & my GF's family fairly often, if that coincides with an Mcr FAP then I will give you a shout!

Gaz upon my works ye mighty, and despair (Neil S), Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:48 (three years ago) link

No worries I'll hopefully get to firm up a day and revive this.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:50 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRCcGUvmZDE

ogmor, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

there's also helmet street

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:15 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/2NvsK30.jpg

ogmor, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:39 (two years ago) link

I'd really like to just go and lie in that, go to sleep, and then they can bring the water back.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:14 (two years ago) link

rip, sweet prince

ogmor, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:40 (two years ago) link

Somewhere I have loads of ace ruin porn pics taken by my partner in the late 90's from a Sunday walk down the Rochdale canal. I'd imagine it is all horrible apartments owned by Robbie Fowler these days.

calzino, Friday, 17 February 2017 21:15 (two years ago) link

sad!

Neil S, Friday, 17 February 2017 22:31 (two years ago) link

there's definitely a bit of that but a lot of manchester esp north and east is still v much underdeveloped overgrown brownfield junkie dens etc.

ogmor, Saturday, 18 February 2017 12:35 (two years ago) link

:-(

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:15 (two years ago) link

It's a shame they've built all over Pomona

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:04 (two years ago) link

There's some open wilderness left but that bit has been cut off by the developments I think, you can't get on there to wander about.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:14 (two years ago) link

(Pomona a possible Real England candidate if not done already)

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:15 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

So Marvel are filming in Manchester today - Oldham street. They moved all the homeless and have replaced them with actors dressed as homeless people.

— Lily (@lilyhuggins) March 26, 2019

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:34 (eight months ago) link

They filmed Captain America a small block away from me. You can still see some of the 'stuff' they did in the actual street; blackened out painted windows, remnants of the old fake posters etc. Also Peaky Blinders and the uh.. remake of Alfie. The Northern Quarter has been a bit of a hot spot these last 10 years.

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piscesx, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:07 (eight months ago) link

get that fucking marvel shite out of this country pls!

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:11 (eight months ago) link

we need to monetise our urban decay somehow!

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:13 (eight months ago) link

We should be creating a hostile environment for hollywood cunts bothering homeless people.

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:18 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Samir's in Stretford is so fkn good. He had a restaurant in Syria and he's been open a few months on Chester Road now in the place that Sip Club had previously been putting on pop-up restaurants in. Everything is much cheaper and better than it needs to be but the mutabal in particular is glorious & the nutty kebabs are really rich and delicious. They cld do with some more business, strongly recommend it

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:37 (five months ago) link

Thanks for the suggestion!

My favourite Ethiopian in Manchester, the Blue Nile Cafe in Stretford sadly closed a couple months ago. Haven't really explored anything else in the area yet.

yeah it's so sad, the woman that ran it was a total sweetheart, said she loved having the restaurant but seemed to undercharge us every time and was always struggling with the bills. habesha is still good tho!

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:50 (five months ago) link

Yeah - Tiggy is amazing, she's pretty much the reason I went hiking in Ethiopia last September which was my favourite ever holiday.

Habesha is v good but the injera leaves a lot to be desired. Also when I was in the other week it seemed like they had stopped doing the raw kitfo!
The Eritrean on Port Street is pretty great, as is Merhaba - though I never find myself in Rusholme.

very nice! whereabouts did you hike? went to ethiopia a few years back, got hooked on doro wat in particular and had a similarly amazing time, we had planned to go hiking in the simien mountains but then decided to go to axum instead and can't say I regret it but wld love to go again if circs permit.

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:22 (five months ago) link

For me it was all about the gomen tibs! Ah, I wanted to visit the monuments up at Axum and the Danakil Depression but couldn't fit them into my itinerary! Next time!

I spent a couple days in Addis for the new year celebrations, and H from here suggested Fendika which was a great way to experience the music. Then flew up to Lalibela which was actually my favourite bit. The churches are something else with a bit of beautiful hiking/hospitality in the surrounding area, and I even ended up as guest at a fab two day wedding. From there I went on to Bahir Dir and the Simien mountains/Ras Dashen for a further 5 days of hiking. Just unbelievably beautiful up there - though I basically had to reteach myself to breathe every morning ha.

that sounds suitably incredible. likewise we had a great time in addis, in large part due to H, then went to bahir dar, gondar, axum and lalibela. lalibela exceeded my very high expectations and was intense to go round again first thing in the morning when no one was around. couldn't really get over how gorgeous the landscape was. we were there at the same time of year as well and everything was fantastically green, meskel flowers in bloom, lightning storms over lake tana in the evening... yeah, next time

ogmor, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 08:24 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

28 affordable homes. Fuck me

xyzzzz__, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:45 (one month ago) link

"Posters have already appeared announcing the birth of “Manc-hattan”. But the truth is we are a long way from that uplifting skyline. This is more like something you’d see on the outer ring road of a third-tier Chinese city."

empty concrete/glass monoliths, Giggsy, Neville and Fred Done running roughshod over a corrupt planning dept - what a fucking dystopian shitshow! Hasn't Burnham got anything to say about this?

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:38 (one month ago) link

did shaun ryder die for nothing

expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:40 (one month ago) link

I've Northside Towers is ready to break ground!

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:41 (one month ago) link

heard

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:42 (one month ago) link

This is a knock-on effect of austerity, right? Massively reduced central government funding -> councils desperately need to increase their tax base -> developers have them over a barrel? This is without me knowing anything about the ideological bent of individual Manchester councillors obviously.

Leaving aside ongoing gentrification + the effects of the BBC in Manchester, the people most in need get fucked twice, once with slashed government support and again with rising housing costs and consequent displacement.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:46 (one month ago) link

yes that's otm. the mayor's role is v vague and weak atm hence him getting ppl to sign his campaign for 18 new powers and this is currently outside of his purview. owen hatherley reckons we need a haringey style coup, idk how that worked in practical terms and ppl in haringey still seem pissed off about corporate regeneration schemes and social cleansing. the council are inexplicably feeble at enforcing social housing quotas on developers, I think they have the worst record in the country, and I doubt the entirety of the property boom can be put down to this slackness, but without reversing the cuts I'm not sure how much could be improved

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:53 (one month ago) link

It mentions one of the projects couldn't get planning permission previously because of its height and now an even taller version has been green-lighted, it all comes down to reduced central gov funding, be nice if they'd admit this rather than barely credible speak of "robust assessment"

I'm looking forward to a really measured and thoughtful counter piece in the Graun by Giggsy on this.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:00 (one month ago) link

the bbc is ofc in salford, which from the little I know seems like a better council despite being poorer and having had I think the worst cuts in percentage terms of any council

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:01 (one month ago) link

The BBC's in Salford but I guess a lot of the people who work there live in Manchester and these developments are there to service that demand?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:10 (one month ago) link

the ppl I know who work round media city live in trafford or salford, which is more suburban. I'm sure there are plenty in the city centre but part of the problem with the new developments is they're not v family friendly (neither is the city centre) and I'd imagine it's only a fraction of the overall demand and a lot of the developments are happening over the other side of town, are aimed at rich foreign students etc.

ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:25 (one month ago) link

some very small scale local property developer fuckery that pissed me off in recent years is a row of beautiful cottages that were built in the 1650's and would have only required minor refurbs to make them good, that were bulldozed down, and the space they inhabited has sat empty/become part of some developers land collection ever since. An early 1800's derelict building with a handsome (but broken and stopped for years) clock-tower recently demolished and the ugly ass wooden/breeze block flats construction they are putting in its place would have caused Nairn to have a stroke.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:17 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Free ticket to see Earth at Gorilla tonight if anyone wants it - won it in a competition and one of my pals has dropped out


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