Papa Don

Off-the-beaten-track Asian fusion institution specialising in Chinese, Thai and Korean flavours

Papa Don
2 Longford Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32 0HQ
07400 581564

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12–8 pm
Wednesday: 12–8 pm
Thursday:12–8 pm
Friday: 12–9 pm
Saturday: 12–9 pm
Sunday: 12–8 pm

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Stretford this century then you’re not alone. The Trafford district which had long resided in the shadows of neighbours Chorlton and Urmston — at least in so far as places to eat and drink — has transformed. Slowly building a reputation for unassuming spots serving up quality, Papa Don is a prime example of what we’re talking about. Contemporary Asian fusion cuisine, this backstreet cafe has been cited as plating up some of Greater Manchester’s most exciting food, calling on more than two decades of experience in the kitchen to achieve such praise. 

Arriving outside Papa Don on any given day it’s open is enough to prove the place is less a well-kept secret and more a go-to haunt for locals and clued up visitors. Even on a Tuesday lunchtime the spot can be full, making booking in advance a good idea. The fact this address is actually away from Stretford’s epicentre only accentuates the fact that people are making an effort to track it down, which is always a good thing. Onto the menu, and the focus here is on bringing together Chinese, Thai, and South Korean flavours, with a leaning towards street food style dishes. 

Don’t think for a second that means small portions, mind, and each item available is cooked to absolute perfection. Thai Street Braised Pork Rice, Chicken Wings, Kimbap (Korean-style sushi with kimchi), Tom Yum Soup, and Korean Brisket all give an idea as to what you can expect. And while these are choices that can be found other great establishments, it’s not a case of what but more how things are prepared here that really makes the difference. All delivered by staff wearing the same enthusiasm and passion you taste in the food itself, suffice to say Papa Don has long-since passed the ‘institution’ mark.