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The hidden gem restaurant serving authentic pan-Asian street food in Manchester

The menu boasts a range of ramen bowls, Thai curries and pan-Asian street bites

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While people are spoiled for choice when it comes to Asian restaurants here in Manchester, there’s a lesser known spot serving some of the most celebrated foods from across the continent.

Wanago has boomed in popularity since its opening in West Didsbury last year, with people flocking from all across the city to sample its wide range of pan-Asian inspired street food.

Wanago’s owner Mohammad was first inspired to bring a taste of Eastern-Asia to Manchester after living in Korea and the Philippines for over a decade.

After lengthy discussions and a bit of his own market research, Mohammad came to the realisation that while Manchester’s food scene was on the up, it still lacked restaurants that served truly authentic Asian food.

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And this where the idea for Wanago was born.

The restaurant opened in April last year and, today, the head chef continues to use his experience from Korea, Japan and the Philippines to serve authentic pan-Asian street food to the people of Manchester.⁠

Menu highlights include Wanago’s ramen bowls, which come homemade broth, fresh noodles and a selection of Asian vegetables and meat.

Favourites include the traditional Pork Charsiu Ramen with miso or soy base broths, Charsiu pork, spring onions, egg, beansprouts and sesame seeds, and the Wanago Special Ramen with miso broth, sirloin steak teriyaki, truffle oil, leeks, sesame seeds, pakchoi, and egg.

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Also on the menu is a selection of freshly made steamed Bao Buns, with Pork Charsui, Korean Chicken and Tofu Karrage being up for grabs. All buns are served with cucumber, onions and Asian salad.

As well as these, Wanago is famed for its vast curry and stir-fry selection, with dishes ranging from a traditional Thai Green Curry to a more experimental Yasai Itamae (Japanese stir fry).

And for the street bites section of the menu, diners will find a selection of spring rolls, gyozas, spicy Korean chicken wings and salt and pepper chips.

To see Wanago’s full menu and its opening hours, visit the official website here.

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COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester

The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…

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A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.

The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.

And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.

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Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.

The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.

Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.

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There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.

Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.

Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.

Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.

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Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living

Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free

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A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.

The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.

Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.

Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.

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And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.

While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.

Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.

The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.

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Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.

“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”

He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”

Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.

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You can now get £1 oysters EVERY DAY of the week in Manchester

There’s a new happy hour in town…

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Mancunians can now enjoy £1 oysters every day of the week thanks to The Alan’s brand new happy hour.

The boutique hotel, which opened down Princess Street at the start of this year, has unveiled its new oyster and champagne offer, available every day of the week between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

The happy hour will allow diners to enjoy fresh Cumbrae Oysters for just £1 per shuck, alongside Telmont Champagne for £10 a glass.

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Each oyster comes with a selection of toppings including tabasco sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the classic mignonette dressing, made with a combination of shallots and red wine vinegar.

When paired with a glass of Telmont Champagne, a brand known for using 100% organically sourced bottles, it makes for an afternoon of affordable luxury and decadence in the heart of the city.

The Alan also houses its own restaurant and coffee bar, both with constantly rotating menus using the very best of seasonal British ingredients.

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The Alan’s restaurant prides itself on working with independent traders only, and uses meat that’s locally sourced, free-range and grass-fed from family businesses.

This is to ensure the best quality and unmatched standard of food whether dining in or staying overnight at the hotel.

The Alan’s new £1 oyster happy hour is available every day – weekends included – from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Get booked in here.

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