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The Real Greek is opening its first restaurant up North here in Manchester

Another exciting addition to Manchester’s food scene…

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In its first venture up North, the popular Greek restaurant The Real Greek will be taking over a site in Manchester’s Corn Exchange.

The restaurant chain, which is part of the same group as Mosley Street’s pizzeria Franco Manc, will be taking over the site formerly occupied by Wahaca, Place North West reports.

The Real Greek has experienced massive success with it’s existing restaurants – situated in locations such as Bournemouth, Norwich, Southampton, Reading, Bristol and Bracknell – mainly with thanks to its Mediterranean inspired menu which celebrates the ‘many different cultures and influences that now shape modern Greek cuisine‘. 

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A definite menu highlight is The Real Greek’s lunchtime £6.45 souvlaki wraps, which give diners the choice of Loukaniko sausage pork belly, lamb meatballs, halloumi, falafel and jackfruit, all of which will be served in a wrap with chips, salad and a homemade tzatziki.

Also on the menu, diners can expect to find grilled octopus and lamb served with minted yoghurt, Melitzanosalata – which is a tasty blend of smoked aubergine, garlic, shallots and lemon, and Spinach Tiropitakia – handmade filo pastry parcels with leek, spinach and feta. 

The Real Greek will also be offering a set ‘Filoxenia dinner menu‘ with a selection of four dishes throughout the week for just £13.95 per person, and the ‘Tonia’s selection‘ set menu with a selection of eight dishes for two people at £36.

As expected, there will also be a handsome selection of Greek wine, all available by the glass, carafe or bottle, as well as the famous Greek aperitif Ouzo. 

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David Page, chairman of Fulham Shore, said: “Fulham Shore continues to experience growing sales across both our businesses. Many of our restaurants throughout the UK continue to break trading records on a regular basis.  

“We are accelerating our growth in the UK and abroad. We continue to trade ahead of our own expectations and have a strong pipeline of exciting new locations.” 

An opening date for The Real Greek is yet to be confirmed. Head over to their website for news and updates. 

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COMING SOON: Thai tapas and cocktail restaurant Giggling Squid is coming to Manchester

Giggling Squid specialises in sharing plates and cocktails with a Thai twist..

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Spinningfields is set to gain an exciting new addition in the form of a Thai restaurant specialising in ‘Thai tapas’ and cocktails.

Giggling Squid initially started life in the basement of a tiny cottage in Brighton back in 2002 with the aim to serve ‘simple, rustic, fresh Thai food’ in a selection of small plates made for sharing.

The restaurant’s owner Pranee grew up on the banks of the Mekong River, visiting the local markets everyday with her mother at 5am, where she’d see ‘huge fish splashing in water tubs, transparent shrimps, an endless variety of herbs and vegetables’.

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@gigglingsquid / Instagram

Following its opening, Giggling Squid has experienced massive success and has since opened over forty restaurants in various locations across the country.

And now, in its first proper venture up North, Giggling Squid will be coming to Manchester, where it will take over a vacant venue on Hardman Square, opposite The Ivy.

There will be a number of tasty items up for grabs on its Manchester menu, including starters made for sharing like Phuket Mussels, Samui Zingy Prawns, Salt & Pepper Squid and Chicken Satay.

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@gigglingsquid / Instagram

There will also be a menu dedicated to the humble Pad Thai as well as the standard mains menu, which will be split into three categories; Stir Fry, From the Water and From the Land.

Also on the menu will be a huge range of unique cocktails, many of them with a distinctive Thai twist. Highlights include the Thai-spresso Martini with coconut coffee liqueur and toasted coconut flakes, and the Me Time Margarita made with muddled ginger and lemongrass and a curry-salt rim.

Giggling Squid’s Manchester site is set to open at some point in the new year, so make sure to follow them on Instagram for news and updates.

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NEW OPENING: The Northern Quarter burger joint planting a tree for every meal bought

Fancy doing your bit for the environment while tucking into a Wagyu steak burger?

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An environmentally-focussed new burger joint in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is promising to plant a tree for every meal bought. 

New kids on the block Invisiburger is a ‘globally inspired, planet conscious and people focussed’ new addition to the city, having recently taken over the second floor of Stage & Radio over on Port Street after success in its flagship site in Liverpool.

And don’t worry, this isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill burger joint (because Manchester has plenty of those at the moment). 

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Manchester’s Finest Media

Unlike other restaurants of its kind, the team at Invisiburger is on a mission to create a zero waste fast food model, which will ensure that every ingredient they use is utilised from head-to-toe.

They’re also a certified member of the new ‘Sustainably Run Project’, meaning for every bill paid a fruit tree is planted. To put it in a nutshell, you can do your bit for the environment while simultaneously tucking into a banging burger. It’s a win-win!

The menu itself is split equally amongst veganWagyu beef and Krispy Chicken options, each one with different toppings and special extras.

A definite menu highlight is the Surf & Turf Burger, made from a 100% Wagyu beef patty and juicy marinated prawns with house special sauce.

Manchester’s Finest Media

Manchester’s Finest Media

The menu also boasts a selection of tasty small plates, including vegan ‘Invisi-wingsJalapeno Bhajis, Tiger Prawns with chilli, miso and garlic butter and a selection of loaded fries including Salt & Pepper Salsa Fries and Chilli, Miso & Garlic Butter Fries. 

What a selection.

And, on Wednesdays you can get 3 Small Plates for £14 whilst on Fridays between 5pm – 6pm it’s their ‘INVISI-HOUR’ with classic burgers 2-for-1. 

Invisiburger is open Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 10pm and Saturday – Sunday, 2pm – late. Head over to their website for more information and to book a table.

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NEW OPENING: A dedicated chicken wing restaurant has launched in Manchester

There’s a new chicken wing spot in town…

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Manchester’s favourite urban village Hatch has gained an exciting new addition in the form of chicken wing restaurant Wing Dash.

Wing Dash comes courtesy of takeaway kings Burgerism, whose popularity skyrocketed during the 2020 lockdowns.

Operating from their dark kitchen in Salford, Burgerism became well known and loved for their (you guessed it) burgers, which have even been named as ‘the best burgers in Manchester’ by Mana’s Michelin-starred Head Chef, Simon Martin. 

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

So, of course, we can expect some seriously good things from their latest venture, which takes a primary focus on the humble chicken wing.

Their latest venture sees their iconic Burgerism formula in the form of chicken wings with six options up for grabs; each wing, made from 100% British chicken, is brined for twenty-four-hours to ensure maximum flavour and tenderness.

They’re then coated in the special Burgerism signature coating and deep-fried, before being seasoned with one of six unique flavours including Piri-Piri, Buffalo, Atomic, BBQGarlic Parm and Lemon Pepper.

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

And for those wanting a meat-free alternative (or, like me, for those who just really love a bit of cauliflower), Wing Dash are also serving up their delicious Cauliflower Bites, which are sourced from a family-run farm in Preston available to order in any of the six seasonings. 

Of course, there are also fries to be ordered alongside your wing haul, which are prepped fresh every day and topped with a generous sprinkle of chicken salt. 

Wing Dash is open now at Hatch, but can also be ordered for delivery via Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Head over to the Wing Dash Instagram page for news and updates. 

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