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Food and Drink Round-Up: 26/09/2011

Bla Bla opens, Teacup buys a bakery, Matt and Phreds, Yang Sing and a massive onion bhaji

Written by . Published on September 26th 2011.

Food and Drink Round-Up: 26/09/2011

Blá Blá Arrives With Jazz And Pasta

Italian restaurant Blá Blá is now open in the unit in the corner of Parsonage Gardens that has previously been Greek restaurant Yorgios and in ancient history, Courtneys - a one-night stand specialist bar. But before anybody sighs about as we've called them YAFIs (Yet Another Fucking Italian), this one has a decent menu and a unique selling point with its regular live music and jazz nights. We'll be reviewing very soon. Live music and food venues, all the rage in the early and mid-twentieth century, have been a difficult proposition in recent years. We wish this place luck.

Teacup Brews Up

Nice cakesNice cakesCONFIDENTIAL went over to Teacup's new pop-up shop in City Tower last week, for a sneaky peek.

The six-month site is nestled next to Greggs and Krispy Kreme but offers far better cakes than both - we reckon. Try the chocolate cone filled with caramel and ginger.

We also found out that due to Teacup's current success and a bit of expansion - the Thomas Street tea shop is being extended and the firm are also doing another pop-up in Stoke AND moving into the Sharp Project in Newton Heath. They've also bought their own bakery, in Radcliffe, Bury.

The bakery will be just for them and provide each of their sites with fresh products each morning.

The Teacup pop-upThe Teacup pop-up

Right Said Phred, Let's Have A Party

Jazz club and Northern Quarter stalwart Matt and Phred's has decided to refresh its website and its menu and had a bit of a bash to celebrate.

Bar owner Claire Turner let Confidential in to drink rum and listen to some live jazz while we scratched our beret and considered fittingly existential dilemmas.

We also found that Claire's sister Sarah (both pictured) works at Job Centre Plus in Openshaw, which Confidential thinks is basically telling everyone who comes in to go and work at the massive Greggs factory.

It's very good Matt and Phred's. Go and re-aquaint yourselves.

Claire and SarahClaire and Sarah

Yang Sing Makes Britain's Best Final

Yang Sing on Princess Street is in the final three in the search to find Britain's best Chinese restaurant as part of the Tsingtao Legacy of Taste thingy. It's up against two London restaurants, one of which has a Michelin star, no less.

TV chef and impressive wielder of a cleaver Ching-He Huang was there last week as part of the judging panel. Confidential was also treated to an impressive array of dim sum and a couple of Tsingtao beers, which sat beautifully on top of the Teacup cakes.

Is Yang Sing on the rise again?

'It also doubles as a hat.''It also doubles as a hat.'

The Next Restaurant Arriving At Platform 5 Will Be...

The food and drink offering at Piccadilly Station is steadily improving. Yo! Sushi is in there now, near the M&S Food Outlet, and the next brand to move in is pretty decent Italian chain Carluccio's.

They're taking the unit that used to occupied by a pseudo-horrendous sports bar in the upstairs bit. Another newbie, Ed's Diner, is set to join them shortly after. So at least there'll be somewhere decent to eat when you're waiting for your should your train be delayed - not that that would ever happen of course.

A Massive Onion Bhaji

Why? It's national curry week apparently. The Authentic Food Company based in South Manchester (Sharston and Stockport), knocked up the super-sized starter in its honour.

Imagine the amount of yoghurt sauce you'd need.

A big bhajiA big bhaji

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

IzzySeptember 26th 2011.

Don't care about its 'unique' selling point - don't Stock have regular live music? It's still YAFI - another one too many in my opinion. What is wrong with budding restaurateurs in this city, can't they think beyond pizza, pasta and chicken cacciatore?????? Utterly uninspiring laziness

JohnthebriefSeptember 26th 2011.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record ... We all know that Yang Sing can do wonderful food when asked, the problem has always been (or at least has been for the last 10 years) that they don't bother to for the ordinary customer off the street.

AnonymousSeptember 27th 2011.


AnonymousSeptember 27th 2011.

Hear Hear. The Yang Sing is overpriced, distinctly average in grade of food, and poor on service . These competitions should all be done on a mystery customer basis. They wouldn't get past the first hurdle.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2011.

I have been there twice and was consistently underwhelmed. The whole experience is very less than average.

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AnonymousOctober 3rd 2011.

Yang Sing that is...

IzzyOctober 6th 2011.

Michelin Guide 2012 published today, four months earlier than usual. Hey, guess what??? No stars again for Manchester. Not surprised though, Manchester has some good restaurants but none of Michelin level in my opinion, regardless of what some writers/critics may believe

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