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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Australasia, Manchester

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I'm a sucker for a trip to Manchester, usually because it means I get to see my hairdresser, Lee at Sassoon. Lee moved over from the Leeds to the Manchester Sassoon a while back so ever since, I've been commuting from Leeds or London over to Manchester every 8ish weeks when I need a trim. He basically saved my hair and continues to do so and it's well worth the trip to Manchester. I try and tie this into going for a nice dinner, meeting friends or staying over so it feels like more of an occasion so this time, I decided to head back to Australasia, one of my favourite restaurants in the whole of Manchester and even though this is long overdue, I thought it was worth a new blog post because we had THE BEST time.
Mercure manchester

We checked into the Mercure hotel Manchester this time around, it's super close to everything, has car parking (we spend SO much money on car parking) and the room was bright, big and perfect for working from. We were even greeted with the cutest desert plate, such a nice little touch. Outside of the window we also had views of the whole of Manchester, I unfortunately couldn't capture it as it was steamy but if you watched my vlog you may remember seeing it (sorry that it's taken me so long to get this post live). I also love coming to Manchester because I don't have to ruin my gym routine, I go to David Lloyd and with your membership you can use their clubs all around Europe. I may have popped into DL Manchester far too many times! It's so handy. 

australasia manchester

australasia manchester
We quickly got on with some work in our hotel room and then it was time to head to Australasia. Matt had never visited Australasia before and it has long been one of my favourite restaurants. I've told him we need to make a reservation so many times and we finally got around to doing so. Australasia is bang in the middle of Spinningfields and is entered via a special glass staircase. They whip up Australian cusine with Pacific Rim flavours. Imagine Australian meets Japan meets Southeast Asian. It's good, basically all my favourite flavours in one place. 

australasia bar

It would be wrong to head to Australasia and not start with cocktails. The cocktail list is extensive and I could have happily drank them all night long. They do a variety of different cocktails, whether you're wanting something sweet or something more sake themed. 

I'd say Australasia is quite a healthy restaurant, I love that you can get cucumber, mint and lemon water. It's such a nice little touch. 

Australasia does the best sushi, ever. From their platters, to their special rolls. I always reccommend Australasia as the best place to head to for really good sushi. I tend to go to Australasia and get sharing plates, there's so much goodness I just want to try it all so I do it like tapas. You can have main courses but everytime I've been we've done it as a sharing tapas. 

A mixture of sushi, yum yum rice squares, prawns and then the delicious beef, we seriously couldn't get enough. It's handy because you can order a few bits, see if you're still hungry and then order some more. We may have doubled up on the delicious yum yum squares. Matt was in his element and quickly realised why Australasia is one of my favourite restaurants, ever. 

australasia food

I love being able to get fresh, crunchy vegetables in restaurants and Australasia do the most delicious vegetables in soy sauce. It's quite a nice change not to order my veg and it come all buttery. I'm a sucker for crunchy soy veg and Australasia definitely does it the best.

mango souffle australasia

You can't go to Australasia and skip the dessert. The mango souffle is a family favourite and the chocolate ball? Well, it's full of surprises. The restaurant has such a nice, relaxed atmosphere to it, you really can sit and enjoy sharing plates over your favourite cocktails. The waiters are incredible, they're so knowledgeable about every single dish. What really stood out to me is the staff don't rush you, we were the last ones in the restaurant and we didn't feel as if they wanted us to leave. 

So all in all? I still love Australasia, the service, the high quality food and the beautiful venue. Australasia will always be one of my favourites and I already can't wait to go back. Manchester? I'll of course be back to see Lee, my hair dresser! 

Do you guys ever visit Manchester? Have you heard of Australasia? 

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