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Yatra Lounge Opens

Published on January 6th 2005.

One thing is for sure, the brand new Yatra Lounge knows how to entertain an opening night crowd. I have never seen drink flow so freely. No messing about with lukewarm white and red for this lot. From eight ‘till late you could drink what the hell you wanted, from champagne to Budweiser, with plenty of dark rum and coke on the way.
The Crush PR Girlies had put the ‘do’ together. Vanessa Neal (loved the Stepford Wives outfit!) and Caroline Rush (by ‘eck, your hair grows fast luv). Neither a stranger to alcohol and good food, they must be congratulated on a successful night.
The crowd was more interesting than normal, not the usual team who turn up to every opening. I counted a healthy number of people I see about the town eating and drinking and spending dosh. With all due respect to our ‘celebrities’, what the new restaurants want to do is get the regular people in. They will pay the bills as long as the gaffs give us quality and value. And believe it or not, the people who come out gagging to see a celebrity ain’t spenders. The ones who will simply be impressed by good service, a steak cooked as we ask and a well thought out wine list are the ones that will ensure the ongoing success of the place.
Gordo was getting told off all night long, starting with the lovely Judith Watson of Cobbetts. Wow, can she give out a good verbal lashing. Cobbetts will be my first stop when I am in trouble next. Emma James was then ticking me off for being rude in the Gordo briefings. Oh well. Gordo needs to thank Emma for looking after him when he was tired and emotional later on in the Circle. Michael Huckerby, head honcho at Moving Manchester et al was on good form, but giving me a bollocking as well. And then Les Watson, importer of the best Prosseco in the UK was giving me a hard time for not paying enough attention to him! Wow. Still managed to have a great night, fairly difficult not too really the way that the Yatra Lounge people had looked after me.
I met the owner, Sonu Lalvani, who now gets my vote as the best dressed man in Manchester. He owns one in London. According to the press release ‘Yatra in London has a dedicated celebrity following with England’s manager Sven Goran Eriksson recently naming Yatra amongst his favourite hangouts in London. Yatra’s owners informed Sven of Yatra Lounge’s forthcoming opening and he was said to be extremely interested.’
Until, that is, Nancy cut his balls off. I doubt Sven would have been interested in the goodie bags mind you, a bit thin they were by all accounts. Let me know when he is thinking of coming in and Gordo will make a nice one up for him, along with a few tips on successful philandering.
Yatra Lounge is best described as ‘Indian Comfortable Chic Contemporary’; a bar, with food as well. The menu is interesting, well priced and not very Indian at all, in fact hardly anything Indian. The only Indian there is a rather fine looking young lady called India Gill, the sales and marketing manager who is Indian and six foot to boot. I shall review the place next week for you. But drop in for anything from a snack to a burger or a full dinner. I went in on Saturday afternoon and was given a taste of Vanessa Neal’s cheesecake. It was ace. The Yatra Bar is open all day as well as the evening. Special mention to one of the barmen, Nigel Lewis, he is a grafter. And knows his stuff. Looking forward to reviewing the food.
Happy Trails

Yatra Lounge: 0161 831 9991
2 Old Bank Street
Off St Ann's Square
Manchester M2 7PF

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