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The Fruit Exchange, Deansgate, Reviewed

Shauna Botrel does her best Kelis impression as she slurps milkshakes at the latest fro-yo joint

Written by . Published on September 17th 2012.

The Fruit Exchange, Deansgate, Reviewed

FROZEN yoghurt establishments have been creeping into Manchester for some months now; it was only a matter of time before the obsession hit Deansgate as the latest eatery-drinkery emerged.

With the amount of shops specialising in this cold sensation, The Fruit Exchange has tried not only to be yummy, but to be different from the other places that serve fro-yo by offering juice, smoothie and slushie companions.

"The Oreo biscuit had been crushed to smithereens leaving no unwanted chocolate clumps in the cup."

The small casual dining venue has a relaxed atmosphere. Wooden walls stand adjacent to bare brick walls, which adds to the cool, airy, New York theme, and maintained the tone of the drinks.

The staff were friendly and careful to explain to the many customers sampling Fruit Exchange the various items of food and drink on offer. This prevented most customers from spinning on their heels and veering off to the more familar Starbucks and Caffe Neros nearby.  

The Fruit Exchange InteriorThe Fruit Exchange Interior

As for the drinks the Mayfair Smoothie was a glorious combination of strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, cranberry and vanilla. The fruity drink was invigoratingly cold and refreshing, a great drink for a sunny day, or when you want to shake your tastebuds from torpor.

The ice cream shakes served are the lightest and smoothest around. The Oreo biscuit had been crushed to smithereens leaving no unwanted chocolate clumps in the cup.  

Editor Jonathan Schofield, said of his strawberry shake: “Excellent. It is like drinking a liquefied dessert. Delicious. The best thing is its solid strength and the fact it's not over-sickly.” He could then be found muttering “so solid” for some time, proving that these milkshakes really do have powers to turn writers into rappers.

A vanilla example was begrudgingly tried and tested and it was shockingly enjoyable. Its light and airy texture wasn’t horrible at all and the fact that something so resembling ice cream both in temperature and visually didn’t actually taste at all like ice cream was soon overcome. Lovely.

Mayfair Smoothie From The Fruit ExchangeMayfair Smoothie From The Fruit Exchange

Turning to the food, the chicken, chorizo and pesto mayo, pre-made sandwich was a little disappointing. Not enough pesto mayo broke through, because when it the effect was transformational. 

A regular sized drink with a sandwich will set you back £5.45. Deals such as juice of the day are £2.10. Also on sale are pots of porridge, hot drinks, cookies, cakes and crisps.

We'll be back to try more goodies, maybe some cake. 

Cakes And Cones In The Fruit ExchangeCakes And Cones In The Fruit Exchange

Follow Shauna on Twitter: @shaunabotrel


The Fruit Exchange is at 103 Deansgate, City Centre

Follow on Twitter: @thefruitxchange

Rating: 15.5/20 
Food: 3/5
Drinks: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5

The Fruit Exchange MenuThe Fruit Exchange Menu

Oreo Milkshake From The Fruit ExchangeOreo Milkshake From The Fruit Exchange

Alternatives To Juice In The Fruit ExchangeAlternatives To Juice In The Fruit Exchange

The Fruit ExchangeThe Fruit Exchange

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

StephSeptember 17th 2012.

Quite disappointed with this place, pre-packed sandwiches, cake that looks like it's from Costco. Would have loved a 'proper' new york deli or Home Sweet Home style operation in this location.

HariSeptember 17th 2012.

The Fruit exchange is just what Manchester needs. The smoothies and frozen yoghurts are to die for and the sandwiches and salads are delicious. I was mesmerised by the coffee machine which is operated by an ipad, and the freshly ground beans taste top notch. I will definitely be coming back for more!

HmmmSeptember 18th 2012.

Always seems to me that when 'to die for', 'delicious' 'mesmerised' 'top notch' and 'definately coming back for more' are used in a rant, its normally friends, family, employees or more likely in the case of all at once, some stupid PR girl.

IanSeptember 18th 2012.

Yeah, so obvious, haha. Most cliche review I've read for ages.

Just what Manchester needs!

Melissa KayeSeptember 18th 2012.

Tried Fruit exchange with the hope it specialises in Juice & smoothies hence the name! Love the decor and the way it was set out. They had a nice range of drinks but there was too much on offer in means of products. They don't just specialise in one thing. Bit of a let down as I was hoping it would be similar to Boost as we don't have one directly in the Centre! Got to give them thumbs up for a snazzy coffee machine but that won't be bringing me back.

Jonathan FishSeptember 18th 2012.

What are you guys on about, i really like it here, live just down the road and quite often get an OREO milkshake on my way to work, much better than any MCy D's shake and starbucks dont even do milkshakes so there !

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