You might know by now that I like food. My main hobbies include buying food, looking at food and eating food! I’m that friend who stop at the start of a meal to take snaps of your food, (then ask if I can try some), like it or loathe it my Instagram feed is full of food photos and I’m always talking about food!
I’m generally in my happy place when I’m off out to eat somewhere. That being the case, I still like to keep things healthy other wise I’d end up the size of a house. Fortunately living in Manchester there are so many great places offering tasty healthy options (not just a boring ‘healthier choice’ slapped on the end of the menu as an after thought or fobbing you off with a half a portion that still leaves you hungry.
So here are my top recommendations for eating out in Manchester where you can be pretty much guilt free:
Pho, based in the new Corn Exchange serves up Vietnamese dishes with a range of low fat, high protein and gluten free options all made on site using fresh ingredients each day. I love their speciality Pho (noodle soup) – a generous bowl of stock, rice noodles, fresh vegtables and your choice of lean meat, packed with flavour, served with a side plate of fresh herbs and condements such as chilli paste, fish sauce and garlic vinegar to add to your taste. They also have seasonal specialities such as super green soups a broth packed full of green vegetables.
Fazenda in Spinningfields offers traditional Brazillian goucho style dining with BBQ meats and an epic salad bar. I love the fact that the meats are amazing quality and are served straight from the grill and carved at your table. The salad bar is also one of the best I’ve come across and it’s hard not to fill up there at the start. I’d recommend going when you’re very hungry, and be warned, it is all you can eat and it’s really really good. You can easily work your way through all 16 speciality meats or you can be restrained and stick to just a few.
Umezushi is an intimate sushi bar tucked under a railway arch close to the Arena serving up awesome fresh sushi. The menu changes daily with the combinations and flavours constantly evolving. My favourites are their tuna and salmon sashimi which is extremely fresh and excellent value for money with a big bowl of edamame beans. It’s a great high protein, low fat, low carb option if you don’t fancy the rice that’s included in things like Californian rolls.
Evelyns, a new café bar on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter. This is a new favourite of mine that has only recently opened on Tib Street. You might have seen me banging on about how great their brunch menu is. Created by the people behind the reputed Indian restaurant Mughli, the interior reminds me a little of a café bar in New York with high ceilings, exposed piping, copper salt and pepper pots, a wall of hanging plants and an open kitchen. The menu has plenty of healthy options ranging from their green bowl with kale, spinach, herbs, avocado, puy lentils, soft boiled egg and lemon and the lamb & bulgur wheat patties with mint and toasted almonds to more indulgent but nutritious treats like the yuzu posset, blackberries, chia and the honey, avocado & lime cheesecake. If you haven’t been yet I’d recommend you give it a try.
Australasia in Spinningfields has a great lunch menu where you can order small plates ranging from Futomaki with yellow fin tuna, daikon and avocado, Temaki seaweed rolls with salmon and robata beef and Dashi broth with tofu, noodles and spring onion. The lunch options are reasonably priced (for Spinningfields) and you can get 2 small plates for £12, 3 for £16 or 4 for £21 all served up to 5pm. They have a great selection of infused waters including lemon, mint and cucumber, ginger and lemongrass and orange and ginger along with some tasty mocktails. They also have a wide selection of sushi which is always fresh and served elegantly on a bed of crushed ice.
Wahu is also based in Spinningfields and serves up tasty healthy options for breakfasts to lunch, available to go and to order online, including tasty salad boxes with high protein options, protein pancakes, omlettes, protein porridge, wraps and fruit and yoghurt combos. Drinks include a dairy free green tea milkshake and flavoured coconut waters.
The Arndale Food Market has some great options for healthy food. Tucked away towards the back near the fish market they have two of my favourite street food vendors. Viet Shack is perfect for a quick cheap and healthy lunch packed with flavour. It’s a twist on Vietnamese street food using ingredients such as fresh lemongrass on grilled chicken breasts and spices to pack flavour into wraps with meat, fresh salad and and homemade spicy sriracha mayo all around £5 or under. They also serve a selection of homemade coolers including lime, raspberry and mint. Lean and Mean is just opposite and like the name suggests it serves up generous portions of lean grilled meats, fresh vegetables and grains.
Let me know if you’ve found any more healthy places to eat out.