There’s plenty of food and drink news to get you excited about the coming months in Manchester. Whether it’s the chance of a free meal with your lover at Evelyn’s, or the new fine dining option at Tast, a welcome back to an old American friend in Alabama’s – or just the excitement of some new places, we’ve got you covered with all you need to know. Oh, and did we mention it’s National Pizza Day on Saturday (9 Feb) too?

50% off at new Mowgli at University Green (only until Sunday!)
The rapidly expanding Indian street food chain Mowgli has just opened its latest addition on University Green down Oxford Road. Joining Five Guys and Friska, the restaurant has a grand living tree inside the building and is offering 50% off food (t&cs apply) until Sunday 10 February.
Mowgli, Unit 1, University Green, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GP. Tel: 0161 273 3223,

National Pizza Day: £20 for 2 pizzas + bottle of wine £20 at Band on the Wall
To celebrate National Pizza Day (Sat 9 Feb), Yes are offering free pizza when you buy a drink between noon and 3pm. (More info: @Yes_mcr ) Band on The Wall, meanwhile are offering a happy hour pizza deal in the bar from 5-7pm.  A big ol’ pizza and a drink will set you back £9 (any pint or soft drink), while two pizzas and a bottle of house wine costs just £20. More info here:

New fine dining restaurant within a restaurant – Enxaneta at Tast
Tast, the King Street Catalan restaurant from Paco Perez and backed by Pep Guardiola, has unveiled two new fine dining tasting menus for their newly rebranded second floor space, Enxaneta. Served from 6-9pm Wednesday to Saturday, the tasting menus are either 10 course (£95) or 15 (£135). The concept of Mar i Muntanya, translated as sea and mountain, will be central to the menus that will feature dishes with a Catalan heritage and twist and will be cooked in the independent kitchen on the top floor of the restaurant.
Book now: Tast, 20-22 King Street, Manchester M2 6AG. Tel: 0161 806 0547,

New retro gaming bar: NQ64 in the Northern Quarter
Crazy Pedro’s in the Northern Quarter is getting a new neighbour that is sure to exciting the gaming fans out there. NQ64, launching at the end of February, is, as the name hints at, a retro gaming bar featuring arcade machines and game machines from eras past alongside a selection of food and drink. Expect to see numerous late night sessions of Mario Kart.
Opening end of Feb, NQ64, 2 Short Street, Manchester M1 1JG,

The American diner is back: Alabama’s reopens near Piccadilly
Following a fire at the restaurant last year, Alabama’s on Newton Street has fixed itself up and reopened and taken the break to reimagine their menu. With a new head chef in Charlie Hadley who has previously overseen the kitchens at Deaf Institute and Gorilla, the brunch spot now has a whole heap of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. The classic dishes such as the pancakes are still there but they are now joined by options like Vegan Panna Cotta and Vegan Mac.
Now open: Alabama’s All American Eatery, 10 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AN. Tel: 0161 236 4666,

New bar from team Sandinista: Blind Tyger
A new bar from the folks behind Sandinista is set to open this March on the same street. Blind Tyger already has an outlet in Leeds, above their Sandinista opening there so suggestions it will be a basement bar below the Manchester Sandinista don’t seem to wide of the mark. Set to be an old fashioned drinking den specialising in cocktails, the bar will play a mix of swing, jazz and some dance if it takes tips from its Leeds sibling.
Opening March 2019, Blind Tyger, 2 Old Bank Street, Manchester M2 7PF. Tel: 0161 832 9955,

Urmston’s El Camino Mexican Take Over
Urmston seems to be popping up in food and drink news a lot more regularly these days with the food market planned for later this year. Before that, foodies can get their fix as Mexican food purveyors El Camino return to Urmston with a takeover at Get Chucked on Flixton Road for the whole of February. A variety of tacos and small plates will be matched by drinks offer in the evenings including Frozen Margaritas.
All of Feb, El Camino at Get Chucked, 40 Flixton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AA,

Bakeorama (maker of ridiculously amazing cakes) Valentine’s pop up at Oklahoma this Valentine’s Day
Everyone’s favourite Northern Quarter gift store, Oklahoma, is playing host to cake maker to the stars, Bakeorama, on Thursday 14 February. Drop in and make yourself happy with a slice of cherpumple pie (yes, that’s cherry pie, baked INSIDE a cake) between 10am and 6pm on the day of romance.
Thu 14 Feb, Oklahoma, 74-76 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1ES. Tel: 0161 834 1136,

Tue 5 Feb - Thu 28 Feb
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 5 Feb 2019