For a foodie Manchester is a dining heaven. Full of bustling hotspots offering delectable’s to tickle the taste buds. However last night in the prosperous area of King Street a new rival opened it doors, to give guests a taste of the far East. The Grand Pacific, the latest venture into fine dining and exotic cuisine. When we received an invite to be the first to taste what this place had to offer. My mouth was watering and tummy was already rumbling. Having seen pictures of the Grand Pineapple cocktail already I knew we were in for a good night.
VENUE : ★★★★
The outside is sleek, dark, mysterious and oozes luxury. With golden door handles and glamorous hostesses waiting to take you to your table. The venue itself is rather plunged in darkness. It sets a tone and ambience, which is pleasurable to dine in. Most tables had a spotlight on their food, which put these beautiful dishes at the centre of attention! Above the scooping oak stairway are hanging cages with peacocks floating on top and there is a calming chill out area where you could sit for drinks whilst waiting for a table. After your walked through the banana leaves you are met by a large room that screams grandeur. It sets the Colonial vibe entirely. With a huge 22 seated bar overshadowed by a golden palm leaf chandelier. Beyond that lies the dinning area consisting of relaxing booths, silver walls and a giant fireplace. I can admit however I am not the hugest fan of the bar being connected to the restaurant. I got rather loud and was difficult to have a conversation over dinner. This may be due to it being opening night, and I am not sure the music will be so loud on a daily basis.
FOOD : ★★★★★
Lets be honest we are all here for the food right. However before we get there, we all need to have a drink right. What would be opening night without ordering The Grand Pineapple. If you saw my Insta its the first pic I posted! If you want to keep this glitzy gold pineapple cup this cocktail will set you back £30! Otherwise its a reasonable £10 – it was a refreshing drink, ice cold and not too sweet on the tongue. If your on an empty stomach it can go to your head.
Although our invite said we would be given exotic cocktails throughout the night. The only one we tasted was the one we paid for which was a shame.
Onto the food now and within the menu was a delightful selection, all based on South East Asian inspired foods with a unique twist! Very much to suit the theme of the restaurant. There were a lot of fish dishes expectidly, but I love my Omega 3 so that did not bother me. There were lots of lovely other choices, but if you do not know me I pick fish always when dining out. That did not stop us having our fill though.
Satay Chicken Skewers: ★★★★★
As you well know I am a huge peanut butter and if satay skewers are on the menu then they are going in my belly. The chicken was nice and tender, you had to get your hands stuck in on this one. The sauce was creamy, rich and I loved the chunky pieces of peanuts in the sauce.
Thai Fishcakes: ★★★★★
These were so lovely that three just was not enough for me! The juicy flaky fish all tied combined with a mixture of delicious spices. All married together with a pineapple sweet chilli dipping sauce that added that extra kick.
Chirashi Sushi Bowl: ★★★★★
My partners starter which was like a deconstructed sushi roll. Beautifully presented this was a delicious bowl with avocado, pickled makrel, tuna, salmon, wasabi and a great poring soy sauce.
Tuna and Salmon Lomi: ★★★★
A fan of sushi, but have never braved a plate of pure raw fish. This was a burst in a mouth, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Once again beautiful presented, however it was a little too much for me. I also was not a fan of the extra addition of a hair to my dish. The manager offered to take it back, however I am not one to cause a fuss. I just would have expected it to be noticed.
Tempura Szechuan Sea Bass: ★★★★★
Served with crispy noodles, this dish far reached beyond my expectation. It was a taste bud explosion. With all the Asian flavours shining through. The noodles were also delicious and added real texture to the dish. I was served two pieces of fish and found it rather overindulgent.
Butter Leaf Salad: ★★★★★
Ceaser salad is my ultimate guilty pleasure, and as I did not opt for it as a main, I just had to get a side dish. Crunchy, delicious and with the crispy duck skin it was like heaven in my mouth.
Baked Bananas: ★★★★★
After all that food I could go for an overly indulgent dessert. So I opted for the baked bananas with salted caramel, coconut ice cream and pistachio nuts. Literally a plate of my favourite things. All worked together amazingly and was a very satisfying ending to a dessert. Although getting them out of the skin proved a tricky task.
ATMOSPHERE : ★★★★
As it was opening night, the place had a great vibe. It was full of influencers, which I loved as I was not embarrassed to take my pictures, have my flash on etc. The staff were happy and smiley and rushed completely off their feet bless. The one thing I did not enjoy was the music really. I was loud, and it was almost like the bar vibe transferred over to the restaurant. As a family we always sit down and have a conversation over dinner and this just was not possible.
STAFF : ★★★★★
The staff were great, considering how busy the place was. They were kind, smiley and knowledgeable. They knew how to strike a conversation and make you feel comfortable. If you needed anything they were there, attentive is the perfect word.
PRICE : ★★★★
In regards to price, I feel that this restaurant is fairly reasonable. Especially when comparing it to other places in the area. There are a couple of items that I feel may be rather steep. However all in all for the quality of the food, I would be happy to pay these prices.
All in all we had a marvellous night! The restaurant is divine and well worth a visit. If you fancy a luxury spot of dining then this is the venue for you. I felt so special to be part of this opening night and getting through the door before the general public.
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Which dish would you choose? Have you been to any new restaurants recently?