Tampopo is the ideal restaurant you want to visit on your weekday after a long day at work. It’s food that puts you in a good mood.
I was invited to Tampopo to try their new Pescatarian menu which boasts of 7 of their best dishes served over 5 courses. The Pan-Asian restaurant is located at Corn Exchange which is a well-known spot adjacent to the Arndale Shopping Centre. Running through the décor were flashy thai signs (of recognised restaurants and beers) and the ambience had a vibrant and lively vibe, perfect for a chatty little dinner.
The first item on our Pescatarian taste tour was Coconut Prawns with smashed cucumber salad. The prawns were deep fried to perfect crispy making them juicy and absolutely delicious. The tangy sesame soy flavoured salad made a great side to it.
Next was the Katsu Udon soup with chunks of sweet potato. You can also get the sweet potato replaced with chicken. Now this was a soup I have never tasted before. The flavours were smashing and it was greatly appetizing. This curry soup also resembled the flavours of the Indian ‘maggi’ to me haha.
I’ve had Nasi Goreng before and I’ve always liked it. The Nasi Goreng Royale here lived up to my expectations. There was a choice of chicken or prawn and I chose the latter. It was cooked well, delectable and definitely no regrets with this one! Every item on this 5-course meal turned out better than the previous one. It was a perfect flow.
I was pretty full by the time I finished the Nasi Goreng but Thai green curry was next and it is one of my favourites so I couldn’t help myself. The thick curry and the sticky rice was served in a perfect portion. The flavours were on point, the taste of bamboo just a hint and the coconut slightly overwhelming. Just the way I liked it.
The Hot & Sour stir fry was served next. It was an exotic mix of flavours – lots of lemongrass, tamarind, lime, Asian greens, ginger, chili, peanuts and cherry tomatoes. I found the flavours a bit overwhelming but my friend who accompanied me today thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
For drinks we got a passionfruit and mango Bellini. Both were refreshing and definitely helped in cleansing my palate.
Lastly, Roti Pancake was served as dessert. This was probably my least favourite item tonight because the roti was an actual roti with condensed milk and cinnamon sugar drizzled on top. As an Indian, this wouldn’t make much of a dessert to me. But it could be still new to many so I hope you guys like it.
Overall, this was a fabulous dinner. We were treated with good service and great food. I left the place real happy.
- Ambience: 7.5/10
- Service: 8/10
- Food: 8.5/10
- Price: 7/10
Location: Corn Exchange Square, Manchester – M4 3TR
Restaurant hours: 12 noon – 11.00 pm
Contact number: +44 01618396484
Restaurant website: www.tampopo.co.uk