Our city prides itself on personality and individuality. The kind of town that’s so unique it has continued to start trends that influence the world, from the industrial revolution to the socialist response, post punk to industrial ambient. If anywhere embodies this independent spirit more than Afflecks, we’d like to see it. Asprawling totem of indie commerce spread out over four floors, within this labyrinthine maze you’ll find another example of North West ingenuity pushing back against the grain — Desert Island Dumplings.
No prizes for guessing what this place does — extraordinarily well — the he establishment is all about dumplings – enjoyed by veggie, vegans and meat-eaters alike. If that sounds common, it’s important to note the whole idea behind this place is to offer a menu that doesn’t rely on mushroom, tofu, or miscellaneous ‘veg’ to cater for those that don’t want to, or can’t, eat meat. Launched in Liverpool, the business proved a huge success on Merseyside, with founder Lucy originally hand-delivering parcels of joy on her bicycle, and has since set up shop at a permanent site in Manchester’s beloved Afflecks. Third floor to be exact.
So, step into Desert Island Dumplings and you’ll find a range of Dumpling Fantasies on offer. These include the Salt & Pepper Chikn Dumplings, made with soy, Cheezburger Dumplings, which also have pea protein, and Hoisin Mock Duck Dumplings, which add wheat to the equation. Meal deals are big here, too, with a set number of dumplings, drinks, and sides. The latter options include Drunk Udon Noodles, deep fried with seasonal vegetables, Krispy Salt & Pepper Kale, and Potato Salad. It’s also possible to punt for steamed rather than fried dumplings, if the mood takes you. Well worth seeking out when you’re in the Northern Quarter and looking for something you really don’t find on just any street.