Australasia Reveals New Food Menu
BY Emily Heward, Manchester EveningNews
The swanky Spinningfields restaurant has added a tantalising selection of new dishes to its pan-Asian menu
Grilled black tiger prawns from Australasia's new menu
Spinningfields restaurant Australasia has unveiled a freshened-up food menu.
The swanky subterranean eatery has added a tantalising selection of new dishes to its pan-Asian offering - and we couldn't resist heading down to try a few out.
New to the small plates section are crisp soft-shell crab doused in a fragrant ginger and lemongrass tea-infused broth and a warm Thai duck salad with green mango.
But the dish that really sang to us was the hand-dived scallops with caramel pork and apple - the meltingly-soft shellfish colliding with crunchy crackling in an irresistible clash of textures.
Diners can also choose from prawn tartar with avocado salsa and chilli jam, salmon tartar or foie gras brulee with lavas bread and roasted pistachio.
Turning our attention to the robata grill section, the ginger and lemongrass chicken skewers stole the show with their delicate spicing and crushed peanut crumb - an elegant take on Indonesian favourite satay.
Other newcomers from the grill include mackerel with cucumber, chilli and wasabi, salt and pepper beef skewers and grilled black tiger prawns.
Corn-fed chicken with asparagus, mushrooms and truffle foam, from Australasia's new menu
The big plates section has also had an overhaul, with new additions including barramundi (Asian seabass) with baby carrots, ginger and claims, corn-fed chicken with asparagus, mushrooms and truffle foam, crispy suckling pork belly with a pineapple curry, and roasted duck breast with shiitake mushroom croquettes and mango.
If you still have room for dessert (and we commend you if so), there's a new toasted coconut panna cotta with citrus and a chocolate dome with salted caramel and blackberries to choose from.
The new menu is available now
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.