This week’s round-up features one new restaurant opening, two more on the horizon – and a chance to register your vote for the city’s best food and drink…

Nominations open for MFDF
Vote for your favourite restaurant, bar and coffee shop in this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Awards. Nominations include Volta (pictured) in West Didsbury, new Spanish spot Iberica and Chorlton’s Tea Hive cafe. Other categories include Food Pub of the Year, Chef of the Year and Best Street Food of the Year, in recognition of the city’s growing trend for kerbside gastro goods. Voting closes on 10 September, when the festival officially opens and winners will be announced. Cast your vote here.

Retro American diner opens in the NQ
Promising to be more than just another burger joint, Infamous Diner opens up in the Northern Quarter later this summer. Brought to you by the team behind Hula Tiki, Walrus and Rosylee, the new diner will have a retro 1950s American feel and will serve up classic diner food created by group head chef Chris Byron. There’ll also be a cocktail bar and late night opening hours. Keep up to date with opening info on the website:

Modern Indian comes to Manchester
Asha is the first Manchester opening for a restaurant chain that already has successful ventures in Birmingham and the Middle East. Setting up shop in the former Baby Grand location on Peter Street, the modern restaurant will have 100 covers, a cocktail bar and a private dining room within the Victorian building. The menu features classic Indian dishes like butter chicken and tikka masala, as well as Indian flavours with a twist inspired by the restaurant’s namesake and Bollywood star (not to mention keen cook) Asha Bhosle. Due to open in September – check the website for more news:

Turtle Bay now open in the NQ
They loved the vibe so much, the team behind Turtle Bay decided to open a second spot in Manchester – this time in the Northern Quarter. Like its Oxford Road sister site, you can get the same selection of authentic Caribbean dishes chock full of West Indian spices and bags of character. These include jerk chicken and spiced goat wraps, fish curry, beef patties and dishes inspired by beach shacks and street hawkers from across the Caribbean Islands. Wash it all down with a Jamaican pale ale or zingy home-made ginger beer.
Turtle Bay, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE, Tel: 0161 235 8411, Sun – Wed 11.30am – 11pm, Thu 11.30am – 12am, Fri & Sat 11.30am – 1am,

Rakhi Sinha
Published on:
Fri 26 Jun 2015