Christmas is almost here & it’s time for a whole lot of festive food to celebrate the end to another appetizing year!
I was delighted to receive my recent invite at Corn Exchange (Manchester) this Season for THE ultimate Christmas culinary experience to review the menus at three restaurants, all of which were conveniently situated under the same roof.
Home to an eclectic mix of Manchester’s most-loved restaurants, Corn Exchange sure means business as a buzzing restaurant hub which has something to offer everyone.
Holding out for the anticipated feast of the day, 6pm was soon upon us and myself and a dozen other Manchester bloggers joined together to dine in the heart of the city one Thursday evening.
Starting our journey at Wahaca’s Mexican chain diner, I couldn’t wait to try out one of the well-renowned plates of their market-style food, filled with Central American flavour.
We were welcomed with a sweet Hisbiscus Fizz (always a great way to start an evening!) which was presented to us with a classic strawberry sugar rim surrounding the tip of the glass.
First up – Turkey Taquitos! The tortillas consisted of roast, shredded turkey with smoky bacon, sage, chestnut & apricot stuffing in a crisp corn tortilla; extremely tasty and highly flavoursome. This certainly lived up to the concept of Mexican food ‘with a twist’ to support the relevant season to be jolly…
Wahaca of course caters for all the veggie’s out there (my guest Neve being one of them) and upon this occasion, offered a Grilled Hispi Cabbage dish which was yet another yummy small plate to kick-start the event.
Overlooking Corn Exchange’s square of eateries whilst soaking up the atmosphere is always a pleasant experience, especially around Christmas time with all the festive decor & lighting, brightening up the vicinity to bring out the merry vibes.
Two Prosecco’s down and it was time to move on (next door) for our second course – THE MAIN.
Strolling on to our next festive food stop, we were welcomed in to an authentic Vietnamese street food restaurant, named Pho.
Offering a mix of Vietnamese street-food dishes, I could not wait to try out what they had on the menu, along with an exclusive sneak-peak of their NEW espresso martini styled cocktail, pictured below.
We each tried out their Beef Brisket Flat Noodle Pho which is packed with spices and fragrance to keep your taste buds tingling; not only was this dish full of exciting ingredients notoriously used within Vietnam (i.e. fresh ginger mixed with spring onions and lemongrass), it was also full to the brim – just my kind of portion!
Oh, and there was again a vege option to please all; proving the quality of ingredients, this plant-friendly version of the Pho dish was also bursting with exotic seasoning and blended well as a tasteful broth.
As someone who’s actually tasted true Vietnamese food in Vietnam, I found Pho’s Vietnamese dishes astonishingly similar to how the locals make it all the way across the other side of the world; it was like a virtual throwback to the streets of Hanoi, sampling the freshly cooked food and hectic buzz this city has to offer.
This place sure left us ladies knowing just what we wanted PHO Christmas…
Final stop – comfort food at its best with dessert at the Cosy Club!
It was fair to say no one was on a diet this evening when you see what’s about to come…
First thing’s first – you have got to just take a second to appreciate these Mulled Wine Martinis pictured below; another festive twist which worked a treat.
It was clear what everyone was waiting for – the show stopping pudding selection soon came out, hand delivered from another set of friendly waiters and waitresses of the evening.
As a cheesecake and brownie fan, I was VERY happy to be in a position to review the Cosy Club’s Chocolate Brownie & Cinder Toffee Cheesecake. And yes, they were as good as they look…
Sweet and light enough on the top with a heavenly biscuit crunch!
All in all, Corn Exchange put on a fantastic culinary journey from Wahaca, to Pho, to ending our festive foodie night at the cosiest restaurant in the area, situated at the Cosy Club – the perfect one stop destination for comfort food and Christmas vibes all around!
Thanks to the PR Teams and restaurants at Corn Exchange for having us!