Dinner at Tampopo: Part 2

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I’ve been to Tampopo before and I’ve totally loved the food there. Another invite from this Pan-Asian restaurant got me really excited. The place has a cozy yet vibrant atmosphere. Images of Tampopo can be viewed here, from my last blog post about it.

 Right, gonna dive straight into the food then. We started off with a platter of different starters (taste portions). There was sticky wings, gyoza, coconut prawns, satay chicken and Balinese pork belly. I liked that we got to try a bit of everything. My favourites were gyoza and the coconut prawns, without doubt. The others tasted damn good as well but these two stood out.

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Starter Platter

The gyoza were pork filled dumplings that were paired with a soy and chili dip. Cooked to perfection, the dumpling was soft, the stuffing delectable and it left me wanting for more.

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Gyoza with soy & chili dip

 

I’ve already tried coconut prawns before at Tampopo and I was so glad I got too try them again. They were crisp, flavourful and certainly my favourite appetizer at this restaurant.

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Coconut Prawns with sweet chili dip

 

The sticky wings were juicy. I loved the sesame and the soy chili glaze coating the wings. Great flavour.

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Sticky Wings

The Balinese pork belly was delicious. It had a very sweet taste because of the cinnamon and nutmeg added to its cooking. The hoisin sauce coating gave a pleasant aroma to the meat. The satay chicken was good but I think the peanut dip dressing was slightly overwhelming. But if you’re a fan of satay, you’d like this dish nevertheless.

 To accompany this great meal, we had a Sangsom & Coke Classic. This was basically Thai rum and coke served in a beach bucket. Totally reminded me of my trip to the Half Moon party. The bucket was to be shared between two, it was strong and the rum was good.

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Our mains included Pad Thai noodles and a Beef Rendang. The Pad Thai had chicken, egg, beansprouts, dried shrimps and peanuts. This time the flavor of egg was a bit overwhelming. The dish was still tasty and my partner finished it off completely.

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Pad Thai with Chicken & Egg

The Beef Rendang was an interesting dish. The meat is slow-cooked for six hours with coconut, lemongrass, chili, shallots and galangal (a spice similar to ginger). I loved this dish. The flavours were splendid! Rice and roti slices were paired with the dish but I would’ve enjoyed this beef rendang without them too. Just extraordinarily good. There was also some smashed cucumber salad with the dish and that was great as well.

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Beef Rendang

My dinner at Tampopo this time was as wonderful as the last time. The food was great. The minor overwhelming flavours did not ruin anything. I loved the service; the staff was very friendly and helpful. The vibe is good, the prices very reasonable and Asian cuisine on a week night is just so satisfying innit? Would I come here again? Yes, all the time!

 

  • Ambience: 7.5/10
  • Service: 8.5/10
  • Food: 8.5/10
  • Price: 7/10

 

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Restaurant: Tampopo

Location: Corn Exchange Square, Manchester – M4 3TR

Restaurant hours: 12 noon – 11.00 pm

Contact number: +44 01618396484

Restaurant website: www.tampopo.co.uk

 

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