A little bit of lunch…

OK.. so we are officially obsessed with Australasia in Manchester.

They seem to do EVERYTHING from evening meals, high tea and even light lunches.

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After an afternoon of shopping last week we went along for a bite to eat (there was even so much choice for my pregnant self.) My favourite dish was the Vegetable Tempura – which is fried vegetables in the picture above, I could of had 2 of these dishes!!

We love how at Australasia you can either sit downstairs in their beautiful restaurant or you can relax upstairs in their Grand Pacific terrace, we can’t decide where we prefer to sit… But on this particularly raining day in Manchester we just wanted to be cosy inside.

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Red Fish Curry and Jasmine Rice + Pork Dumplings
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Stir fried mussels with chilli, sweet basil and peanuts

These are a selection of the dishes we shared… the fish curry was absolutely so delicious.

I couldn’t eat the mussels but wish I was allowed to eat them because they looked so good… My boyfriend was able to polish off the entire dish all to himself.

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Lychee and Ginger Panna Cotta + Pineapple Downunder cake with cherry and coconut

We love how fresh all the food is at Australasia, it all tastes so clean and healthy…. Even the deserts!!!!

Asian High Tea at Grand Pacific – Australasia

We were invited along to Australasia’s Grand Pacific restaurant for Asian High Tea this week. After previously visiting Australasia we knew we were not going to be disappointed.

Their beautiful terrace is the perfect place to go to catch up with your friends or celebrate a special occasion. Even if it’s raining in Manchester you feel like you could be somewhere beautiful, with their palm trees and heated lamps.

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Once we were seated at our table the ‘Asian High Tea’ experience was explained to us by one of their staff, she explained to us that the High Tea comes in 2 waves… Wave 1 includes a three tier sushi and salad selection, served with a complementing glass of The Spee’ Wah Australian ‘champagne’ or you can choose a mocktail from their menu…. Followed by wave 2 which includes three tiers of sweet indulgence, served with your choice of loose leaf or flowering tea (or you can have another glass of Champagne or mocktail.

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Wave 1 included a mixture of fish sushi, vegetable sushi and salads. We were also asked if we had any dietary requirements so if you don’t like meat or have any allergies then this wave can be altered just for you!

Wave 2 included so many delicious mini deserts. My favourite was the chocolate torte, followed by the creme brûlée and then the carrot cake. There is definitely a desert for everyone.

We enjoyed Champaign and a delicious Mango and Coconut mocktail drink with each wave.

At only £25 pp this experience is worth every penny. From it’s beautiful restaurant to beautiful food, I will be recommending this ‘Asian High Tea’ to everyone!

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To BOOK your experience visit Australasia

Australasia Manchester

We were invited along to the well renown Australasia restaurant in Manchester city centre this week, thanks to our amazing friend Rebecca Walker who works for Living Ventures. We were very excited to be eating in the restaurant as we had heard so many amazing things about their food and not only it being delicious but also healthy!! We had previously visited their bar for cocktails and knew that this place was up there with the very best.

On arrival to the restaurant the stunning glass entrance makes you feel like you are entering an exclusive underground party. Once seated in our booth we were welcomed by friendly staff who explained how the menu worked and what was really tasty.

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The menu is split up into 3 sections. You can either pick lots of small dishes to share for a tapas feel or pick a small dish for your starter and then pick a large dish for your main or you can ‘dive in’ and have a tapas dish, main meal and a desert. So you can eat as much or as little as your like!

Of course we had to try all 3 so we could get a real feel of the menu… and we were not disappointed.

For starters we had:

-Satay chicken skewers
-Squid and sriracha mayonnaise
-Hand-dived scallops with pork and apple

These small dishes were packed full with flavour and the freshest fish we have ever had in Manchester.

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For our main meal we had:

-Chilean seabass with prawns in coconut
and Tom Yam broth – with sticky rice

and

-Fillet Steak with fries

Even though these were the larger dishes on the menu, they were still quite small so that you still have room for a desert. Most of the dishes on the menu definitely give off lots of asian flavours so when we came to picking a desert and seeing names like ‘Pineapple Downunder Cake’ and ‘Pineapple Sorbet’ We could see that the deserts were going to be arriving with an Australian twist.

So to finish off we had the Passion Fruit cheesecake and the Pineapple downunder with cherry and coconut.

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Everything we ate was so light and full of flavour, so even though we did eat 3 courses we were not feeling too full. This restaurant is perfect for any occasion and if you have a look on their website Australasia they also have an amazing lunch time menu with special offers.

We will definitely be returning soon for some more delicious food.