They say that you can recognise a good Chinese by how good it looks when you walk past and Happy Seasons slap-bang in the middle of Chinatown certainly looks the part. They follow up with their food too – and just how busy this place gets is testament to how good it all is. They’re even offering a lovely 15% off on Deliveroo at the moment too – just to sweeten the deal.
Happy Seasons Restaurant, 59 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FF
One of the city’s most authentic Chinese restaurant experiences, Red Chilli features a bunch of dishes that you won’t find elsewhere – well, unless you can speak Chinese that is. The list of dishes is extensive to say the least with a bunch of dishes you’ll know and love and others that are just begging to be tried – such as the Spicy Pig Intestines.
Red Chilli, 403-419 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9WL
Blue Eyed Panda
This Ancoats eatery has been impressing since opening with their menu of traditional Chinese dishes, dim sum and a pretty impressive range of vegan and gluten free options. They do a Salt & Pepper Platter here which is something you should definitely get. Like definitely.
Blue Eyed Panda, 3 Jersey St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6JA
0161 207 8788
Little Yang Sing
Much like their ‘big sister’ up the road, Little Yang Sing is the perfect place for the quintessential Chinese experience. Always the highest quality and a huge menu, it’s all about their Dim Sum and Starters if you ask me. Steamed dumplings, Chicken Wings, BBQ Ribs, Crispy Duck – it’s all amazing.
Little Yang Sing, 17 George St, Manchester M1 4HE
Okay so Tattu isn’t open yet but they’ve been creating dishes off their menu so you can try them at home – and they’re mega. They’ve done recipes for their Sticky Ribs and their Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings so you can have the Tattu experience in your very own home. For the ultimate Tattu experience; Just chop down a tree and plonk it in your front room too.
Tattu Restaurant and Bar, 3, 4 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB
One of the city’s oldest and most respected Chinese restaurants, you can’t go wrong with Yang Sing – your takeaway is certainly in good hands. They serve up some of the city’s best Dim Sum (hello Duck Spring Rolls) and some brilliant mains. You’ll find some pretty weird stuff on here too but give ’em a try – you might like ’em.
Yang Sing, 34 Princess St, Manchester M1 4JY
Salt & Pepper @ Arndale Market
Everything tastes better when it’s coated in salt and pepper seasoning and Salt & Pepper have used this as the basis for their whole business. And judging by how busy this place gets – they’re absolutely smashing it. They’ll be open again in the Arndale Market at the beginning of July, so get yourself down there on your lunch and get yourself a beautiful box full of salt and pepper goodies.
Fuzion Noodle Bar
A student institution, Fuzion in Fallowfield is somewhere that always manages to quickly sort out any problem you may have, whether it’s hunger-related or hangover-related. They have a massive menu of not just Chinese goodies and their noodles are excellent. They also have a long list of things that they’ve ‘salt & peppered’ and they’re all amazing.
Fuzion Noodle Bar, 264 Wilmslow Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6JR
This Northern Quarter restaurant has been offering takeaway through lockdown, and they’ve been a real life-saver when faced with the Chinese hunger sweats. They’re doing Click & Collect through their website and there’s a great selection of Vegan and Gluten Free options too.
Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester M4 1HS