After a year or so, you can get jaded. You become fussier because of the experiences you've had in much better restaurants than most of Manchester has to offer.
I feel that I've been to almost everywhere now, there are very few places that really excite me any more apart from a handful of favourites. I've not even bothered to go to a glut of new (very dull) restaurants; Bills, Miller and Carter, Wahu etc even though I could have eaten 'for free' at most of them. The few that I have been to (Cane and Grain) have been disappointing food wise.
However not all is lost! Where do bloggers find out about new restaurants? From other bloggers of course. In this case, Hungry Hoss was very excited about a new place; Siam Smiles Noodle Bar. He'd even eaten there several times over a few days! (See his extensive, knowledgeable review here).
So my choice on Thursday was either the new LV restaurant on Deansgate (with the dullest looking menu in the world) or this place. Obviously I chose Siam Smiles, in fact we were both quite excited about visiting somewhere new and different for a change.
glutinous MSG heavy Cantonese food. There was also a lighter texture, the rice and noodles never felt overly heavy. We left not feeling bloated or too full.
It was so satisfying after a week of no real carbs and boring dieting. As Hoss stated in his review, condiments are on the table for you to add to taste. Not knowing that these are always added, we left our food unadorned and found it was easily spicy enough already. We had:
Som Tam, a green papaya salad with peanut and dried shrimp. (£5.50).
*I returned to Siam Smiles to have possibly my favourite dish from there. Kuai Tiew Duck Yellow noodle, roast duck with Braise duck soup, garnish, morning glory, bean sprout. (£5.50).
* For example I'll be returning to Aponiente soon in Andalucia.
A 14 course taster menu there is £63. It is stunning and has a Michelin star. It deserves more than one to be honest. In contrast, Abode has a 9 course tasting menu for £80. The food is ok. It doesn't have a Michelin star.
Our bill came to £39.30 for two. We ate loads, you probably won't order as much as us.
To download the full menu click here.