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No. 3 Australasia Manchester Fusion
Price pp £56
Address 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester
Phone 0161 831 0288
Beneath a Louvre-like glass pyramid entrance lies Manchester's showstopper. Located under the Armani shop in Spinningfields, a residential and leisure development that's become the yuppie heart of Manchester's town centre over the past five years, Australasia is a dose of Aussie chic in s Northwest basement. It is also the shiniest jewel in the crown of Tim Bacon, the restaurateur behind the Living Ventures portfolio, who has a determination to win the city its first Michelin star (which he may well do with his newly opened Manchester House). This place demands your attention with a wine list displayed on an iPad and wasabi grated at your table, but the quality of the food means it deserves it. A blend of Pacific Rim flavours leads to dishes inflected with Indonesian and southeast Asian touches as well as plentiful sushi menu nodding to Australia's strong ties with Japan.
What you said: "theatrical, OTT" ; just the place to impress someone"
A menu of Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, an exotic blend of Indonesian and Southeast Asian influences. Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine taste and style.
With an extension of Australasia is Grand Pacific - a contemporary colonial oasis in the heart of Spinningfields. Combining modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours with a wealth of delicious cocktails, Grand Pacific offers a lighter side of the Australasia experience . With a canopied outdoor garden, Grand Pacific is a refreshing retreat from the bustle of the city.