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A Friday Night Dinner at Australasia, Manchester

I’ve been waiting to blog about the most out-standing meal I’ve had in a while, courtesy of Australasia, Manchester…and here it is! This little gem, located in Spinningfields is the ideal glamorous spot for all the Manchester socialites, but also packs a punch when it comes to the menu. You fellow foodies out there will not be disappointed.

I’d been meaning to eat there for a while, to date I’d only managed to get to the cocktail menu (which doesn’t disappoint). The hubby’s 30th birthday proved the perfect opportunity to treat ourselves to a selection of delicacies from the unique fusion menu, combining flavours from the Pacific Rim, Indonesia, Japan and Europe. Sounds like an unusual combination right? Boy, does it work!

Firstly, I need to acknowledge the stunning (and I mean stunning) interior! Living Ventures always get the styling right in their establishments and Australasia is certainly a show-case. You arrive at the entranceway resembling a shard of glass, rising out of the floor, before you make your way underground to the very exclusive-feeling restaurant and bar. With ambient and soft lighting, the place oozes style but also comfort. The couch seating is so comfy! The low hanging ceiling lights are a great touch and there’s even a few secret booths and private dining areas for the more famous amongst us.Continue reading

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Manchester House and Artisan – a girly night of cocktails in Manchester

After a very long and tough week and to celebrate Lucy’s birthday, we headed out for a well-deserved girly dinner and cocktails at Manchester House and Artisan at Spinningfields, Manchester. And what a night it was, full of good food and yummy drinks.

Artisan is one of the latest additions to what has become the place to be for an evening out: Spinningfields. The interior is incredible and mixes the natural (indoor herb gardens grow by the open kitchen) with the industrial (exposed brick work and piping) to create an incredible loft-style space. It’s huge! The menu is impressive and reasonably priced, so it’s the ideal spot for a girly evening of food and drinks (my favourite kind of evening).

We started with a bottle of Prosecco to toast the birthday girl and moved onto Red Wine to accompany our steaks and sides. I had the fillet steak with hollandaise sauce and crinkle-cut chips on the side. Delicious, it was like cutting butter. Nothing beats a good steak in my books. The other girls had rump and t-bone (I surprisingly had food envy over the rump, which looked really juicey!).

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Madame Gautier – a new restaurant in Kensal Rise, London

Following on from my post about the Notting Hill Carnival, I thought I’d stay on the theme of north-west London, where I grew-up and where my folks and friends still live. So here is a short-piece on a new restaurant I discovered on Kensal Rise – Madame Gautier.

Now having been born and bred in the same house and only leaving for university and then to move up to Manchester in 2011, I’ve seen Kensal Green and Kensal Rise change immensely over the years. It has gone from somewhere people hadn’t even heard of and a bit rough around the edges, to the trendiest place in north-west London, full of yummy-mummies and trendy bars (with property prices soaring to reflect this).

Growing up, I never thought I’d see the day when there would be an array of amazing eateries, pubs and cafes to go to locally. I no longer needed to go out of the area for a night out, it was all happening in Kensal…and I loved it. So in honesty, it was a bit of a wrench to leave all that and my friends behind when I moved up to Manchester, but my folks still live there so I always enjoy visiting and feel I probably appreciate the area even more now.Continue reading

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