Best Things We Ate & Drank This Week: 31st August - 6th September 2019

It's been a big week for desserts - nobody in the office cares about that summer bod any more; winter is coming.

By Manchester's Finest | 6 September 2019

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Pork and Chorizo Beer Sticks
Beatnikz Republic
Don’t be fooled by the name there’s no beer in the sticks. But that’s not a bad thing, these bad boys are reminiscent of Pepperami. The meaty and salty sticks are the perfect addition to any pint from the taps at Beatnikz. Be warned, that salty goodness will make you drink a hell of a lot quicker. – Alex Watson


Coconut Arancini
Randall & Aubin
R&A are pretty well-known throughout the land for their seafood but they impressed me this week with their non-sea related dishes. I tucked into a fantastic Rib-eye steak, some delicious Pork Belly and I believe their Sunday Roast carvery is phenomenal. I was also blown away by this dessert – a unique take on the classic Italian arancini. Inside is coconut rice and they come on a bed of caramelised pineapples and alongside a mango sorbet. It’s brilliant. – Rikki Chan


Artisan Bread Selection
River Restaurant @ The Lowry Hotel
I was treated to a super-sneak peek look at the upcoming menu at The Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant and I must say that I was mightily impressed. Head Chef Dave Ashton has created some truly stunning dishes, including a signature Lamb Rump and a rather impressive Lemon Gin dessert. I was bowled over early doors though with the bread and butter. Yes, I know, I’m a savage but stick with me. Their home made sourdough (which is crusted with Weetabix) comes alongside some Tomato Butter (yes those tomatoes on the pic are butter) and a stunning Lancashire Cheese Custard which is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. – Ben Brown


Steak Tartare 
I managed to get down to Bistrotheque in the newly opened Cultureplex this week and boy is it worth a visit. The stand out dish from the meal was the Steak Tartare, served exactly how it should be with a raw egg yolk on top – keeping things simple. It was packed full of flavour and seasoned to perfection. It might not be to everyone’s taste but if you’re a fan of tartare in general – this is a winner.  – James Barker 


Coop Kebab
Yard & Coop
There’s something about Yard & Coop’s comfort food that calls my name at least once a month (probably more). This time I opted for the Coop Kebab. It’s the perfect and refreshing way of getting that fried chicken fix. It comes piled high on warm naan bread and filled with pomegranate and cherry tomato salad. There’s lashings of minty buttermilk sour cream and Yard & Coop’s special kebab sauce. – Ellie Edginton


Cookie Skillet
Home Sweet Home
Warm, ooey, gooey, chocolatey heaven served in a cast-iron skillet at Home Sweet Home. Does dessert get better than that? Nope. An absolute must-try for everyone. – Jake Hardy


Hot Dogs
Bunny Jacksons
Okay so you might think I’m being basic here but I don’t care. When you’re sozzled in Bunny’s after a day on the booze there’s nothing better than tucking into a big juicy hot dog for 50p. Or as I call them – lifesavers. – Jamie Almond