The brand new Grand Pacific in Manchester is just stunning. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of this new venue and in my opinion, this is completely justified. The magnificent exterior contains a whole new world that is Grand Pacific and you really do feel a million miles away from the city centre.
The decor here is beautiful. There is such an incredible attention to detail and it is hard to know quite where to look. The high ceilings and tall windows in the main bar and restaurant contain majestic hanging lighting and large green leaved plants with a running theme of pineapples and palm trees throughout. You really do feel as though you’ve stepped into a far-off country.
The cocktail menu is bursting with colourful cocktails with exotic names such as Kiwi Blanc, Watermelon martini and Blue Pacific. Kiwi Blanc was deliciously fruity and sweet and a vibrant green colour. The Blue Pacific also was stunning in colour as it was bright blue with yellow foam. Additionally it had a gorgeous hot pink piece of dragonfruit. Looks are everything here at Grand Pacific and nothing at all is dull or insignificant. Taste and flavour too are a huge componant of the menu.
The food also is worth visiting for. As with the drinks, the food looks incredible and a lot of thought and care has been injected into the dishes. Conventional dishes have little quirks and twists so they are extra special and the flavour are amazing. The Chicken and Spring Onion Gyozas were delicious and the creamed goats cheese with pineapple, watermelon and avocado mousse was a great refreshing starter.
You’ll find Tempura Sea Bass, Asian Spiced Duck Cottage Pie and King Oyster Mushroom on the main menu. There is also a classic fillet and rib-eye steak so there really is something for everyone. I had the Lamb Massaman Curry which came with all the elements separated into different bowls. The rice, the lamb curry, the potatoes and the naan. I loved this and the lamb was absolutely delicious. It was the most tender lamb I have ever tasted.
The dessert selection is very glamorous, taking inspiration again from far off countries. Baked Bananas, Pineapple Carpaccio and Coconut Panna Cotta are just a few choices. However, I had to go for the chocolate fondant. Perhaps this is a simple and obvious choice but it was absolutely worth it.
You can also visit Grand Pacific for lunch or just for a few drinks. Additionally, the high tea is really worth checking out and I think this is what i’ll have to try next time I visit.
You really do need to head over to Grand Pacific when you can as it will be everything you expect and more. This is a fantastic new addition to Manchester! Find out more here.