I have become something of a dab hand in the kitchen over this past year, scouring easy and delicious recipes online, or from my collection of continental cookery books, to which I add my own je nais se quois. I thoroughly enjoy cooking - but not so much the part at the end where there is a mountain of dishes to wash!
I love to entertain at home but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally like to escape to a restaurant where I can sit back, relax and gorge!
Here are a few restaurants that I adore. These are the places that I am most looking forward to dining at as soon as they re-open.
Evuna: if ever I am in desperate need of some authentic and rustic Spanish food, this is the place I visit. Renowned for their Paella, which has a 45 minute wait-time because it is cooked to order from scratch, I highly recommend their spectacular tapas dishes whilst you wait. They also have a vast selection of Spanish wines that are worthy of consideration.
Images from Evuna Instagram.
Locations: Manchester Deansgate, The Northern Quarter, Knutsford and Altrincham
Greens:I try not to consume too much meat and instead base what I eat around a vegetarian diet. I first visited Greens many years ago and was immediately blown away by their abundant offering of superb vegetarian and vegan food. The hospitality of the wonderful team that makes the place tick was exceptional and their range of carefully curated wines are ones to compliment your plate. The restaurant was founded by TV Chef Simon Rimmer in 1990 with the sole purpose of feeding hungry bellies with delectable vegetarian and vegan food and that ethos remains alive and well today.
Above Image from Instagram @mipadma
Image below from Greens Instgram.
Location: West Disbury, Manchester
Tre Ciccio: nestled in the leafy town of Altrincham, Tre Ciccio was a restaurant that I stumbled upon when facing a dire situation one evening last year. I had booked tickets to see a showing of Alien (1979) at the nearby Everyman Movie Theatre and needed some replenishment before sitting down to absorb Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. Lockdown meant restaurants could not host at full capacity but by sheer chance Tre Ciccio had a table available. Welcomed next to the glowing fire of the pizza oven upstairs, I was escorted down a flight of stairs and seated in the spacious restaurant. The atmosphere was perfect and the setting divine. Boasting a selection of authentic Italian foods and good wine, this restaurant made its way directly into my little black book of fine eateries.
Images from Tre Ciccio Instagram.
Locations: Altrincham and Ramsbottom
Double Zero: I take pizza very, very seriously. When it comes to pizza, mediocrity is most unwelcome. At Double Zero there are no frills or pomp. What you are guaranteed, however, is a Neapolitan pizza made with high quality and simple ingredients on a vegan dough - all cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven brought all the way from Naples. I like to visit Double Zero in the warmer months as the outdoor seating deck is a joy to experience when the nights are warm and long. Sometimes you will find me running there on a Saturday night to collect a stack of hot pizzas when the thought of cooking supper seems unsettling.
Images from Double Zero Instagram.
Hawksmoor: whenever Sunday lunch is in question, and the cupboards and fridge are empty, Hawksmoor is the supreme saviour. Known for their mouthwatering beef, Hawksmoor offers a chic setting that makes you feel like you are in an upscale Manhattan steakhouse. The menu is plentiful of fresh seafood and meat, decadently luscious side dishes and vegetarian options. They also do great charity work supporting local and national causes.
Images from Hawksmoor Instagram.
Locations: London, Manchester and Edinburgh
Cookbooks I have been using:
Old World Italian Cooking by Mimi Thorisson
The Pasta Codex - by Vincenzo Buonassisi:
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
I would love to know if any of you lovely people are as excited as I am to dine out at a favourite spot again soon? No dishes!