We had a lot to celebrate. End of exams (for now), finishing our 10K and most importantly Mum’s birthday. The girls and I joined my parents in The Sky Bar at the Hilton for a quick drink before we headed to our dinner reservations.
Grand Pacific and Australasia are two of our favourite restaurants in Manchester and they’ve opened up a sister restaurant in Spring Gardens. It’s been open since March and it’s been top of our ‘to visit’ list since we heard about it but we haven’t got round to visiting until now.
Not going to lie, we were very excited and had high expectations.
The restaurant is housed in the most beautiful building and the decor inside is so grand (fitting) and impressive.
There’s a bar come restaurant space with a DJ providing the extremely chilled music. With high ceilings, gold chandeliers, lots of greenery and gold pineapples everywhere – which I’m still obsessed with, the vibe really was a mixture between Australasia and Grand Pacific. It felt less formal and more chilled than Australasia but a bit more old school opulent and fancy than Grand Pacific. They’ve really managed to strike a perfect balance.
We perched at the bar until our table was ready.
My beautiful mother!
We struck lucky with our table being seated on a big table in the window overlooking the restaurant.
^ I have so much love for these two, I can’t even begin to put it into words. Just look at them!! Cuties.
Long summer nights mean one thing..Rosé season is almost upon us! We ordered a bottle and that quickly took us onto the subject about our own summer holidays. We’re all holidaying together this year which means sun, sea, sand and lots more of the pink stuff..I could not be more excited!
Cheers to that!
The food was delicious. We couldn’t quite decide what it was trying to be, it was a bit of a mixture – like fusion food I guess, but nevertheless it all went together very well.
We started with Chirashi Sushi bowl’s – tuna and salmon sashimi.
Tuna and salmon lomi
and chicken and spring onion gyoza.
Followed by even more inventive mains..
Including a Thai waterfall seared beef salad.
Tempura szechuan sea bass with crispy noodles.
and King oyster mushrooms with a crispy egg & Dashi broth which was delicious. So unexpected but so, so good.
Even though we were pretty full we just couldn’t say no to dessert.
We shared the baked bananas with salted caramel sauce, coconut ice cream & toasted pistachio nuts.
Pineapple carpaccio with coconut icecream and maple syrup.
and Creme brûlée with a jasmine tea bread and rose petal jelly.
Okay Dad didn’t actually share his but we didn’t mind because the chocolate fondant was where it was at. Perfectly melty (just go with it) with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce, honeycomb pieces & roasted peanuts.
We had the most wonderful evening. The food was delicious and the company even better. Fortunately it lived up to our high expectations so much so that we’re already ahead of the game and are getting our bookings in for after summer!
After dinner we waved goodbye to my parents as they headed back to their hotel and we headed out for a few more drinks and we danced the night away.