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Banyan, Corn Exchange, Mcr

Me and the Bloke decided to take Banyan up on their offer of an amazing 50% off for black Friday. We booked for mid-week as that was part of the offer and because we like to avoid the weekend crowds for quicker service and a more chilled atmosphere.

 

We found the decor to be that mixture of reclaimed industrial and practical vintage that every newish bar in Manchester displays these days. The lighting and furniture was soft and lent a nice coziness to the place. The tables were a decent size and not too tightly packed – very dyspraxic friendly!

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This Revitalise was the best mocktail I’ve ever tried, with blended kiwi, blueberry, raspberry, passion fruit, apple and lime. Wow!

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Oddly enough this is the first time I’ve tried hipster-bar-staple smashed avocado on toast. The edamame beans complimented the avo perfectly, like they were born to be together. Huge plus – the bread was gluten free and really nice. The Bloke was not impressed with his olives (in a very cute kilner jar) as they were cold, straight from the fridge but how else can you store them?

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I ordered the roasted veg and halloumi skewer, with sweet potatoes and tzatziki dip (you can choose your accompaniment and sauce) which I really enjoyed. The side salad was welcome and refreshing as well. I’ve never been faced with (whisper) too much halloumi before and gave the Bloke a chunk as I thought his red thai veggie curry – although delicious – wasn’t as substantial as it could have been.

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For desert the Bloke ordered sticky toffee pudding as he always does and said it was one of the best he’d ever tried (on a par with Greens in Didsbury) and I went for the salted caramel options as I always do. Salted caramel and chocolate torte which wasn’t gluten free but I didn’t care! It was beautiful, the perfect mix of salty and sweet. If it were a person I would marry it. We weren’t that impressed with the vanilla pod ice cream as it didn’t taste like traditional vanilla but more like an average block of ‘white’ ice cream you used to get from the ice cream van for 50p.

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The service we got was friendly and our server pointed out gluten free options for me on the desert menu but I have to say the pace of the service – although not quite glacial – was rather leisurely. This was mid-week from 7.30, with only two to three other tables occupied upstairs so I can’t imagine what it would be like later, on a weekend. I got an apology for how long it took her to bring the bill but it was no slower than the speed it took to get anything else that evening so I was barley noticing by that point. Banyan is not a place you quickly pop-in for a snack but rather a place where you go to kill time, apparently.

I was quite impressed with the value for money regarding the portion sizes as I’ve payed similar prices for much smaller servings. I’ve payed less for portions that are a similar size but the food wasn’t as good a quality, nor the dishes as interesting.

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Clear indications on menu of foods which are veggie, gluten free and ones containing nuts. (V) (N) (GF)

Gluten free menu available on request

Vegan menu available on request

Banyan, Manchester
Exchange Square
Manchester
M4 3TR

0161 832 4798

Have you been to Banyan?

Chrissie

 


7 responses to “Banyan Restaurant, Corn Exchange”

  1. teabeestrips Avatar

    I pass in front of this restaurant everyday to go to my work but I never stopped by. I will try it next time.

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      It doesn’t help that they don’t have the menu on the board outside so there’s no incentive to choose them.

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  2. Notmyyearoff Avatar

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this place but it looks worth a visit. shame the veggie curry wasn’t as filling as it could have been but the desserts look good!

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      The Bloke said her was happy with it but felt it could of had tofu or more cashew nuts etc. as there wasn’t really any protein.

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  3. brittabottle Avatar

    One day, I am going to travel to Manchester, and when I do I am going to consult all of your food reviews to pick out which restaurants I should go to while there. 🙂 The chocolate caramel torte looks amazing!

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Oh that’s so lovely to hear, thanks! ^_^

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      1. brittabottle Avatar

        I always see your restaurant reviews and I think you do a great job with them, but they don’t really apply to me because I live so far away. Kind of makes me sad because you seem to find a lot of great restaurants in your area that I’d love to check out if I lived there, too. One day I will visit Manchester, though!

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