It’s hard to believe but I’ve been living in Manchester for over two years now and it still amazes me how lost I get or even how little I know about my surroundings sometimes.
One thing I do have down though is my walk to work, and every day I walk past the National Football Museum. Full of trinkets and important football memorabilia, what a lot of people don’t know is that the Urbis building is also home to a spectacular space-themed fine-dining restaurant.
They officially opened a few years back but they’ve recently had a major refurb and menu revamp – notably with the introduction of the all-new vegetarian menu to meet the undeniably upward trend (and a new vegan menu to come but it’s all very hush-hush – so don’t tell ’em we told you ;))
The newly-dubbed Rabbit (cute, huh?) is a pan-Asian restaurant headed up by John Granaghan, formally of one-star Michelin restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds.
The service we experienced at The Rabbit was top class from the get-go, less than a minute after our order, we had cutlery and drinks. Which we promptly posted all over Instagram. After all, how often do you get to drink a glass of champagne in the company of an astronaut?
And less than ten minutes later, we had our dainty snacks.
Tempura Avocado Bao with Hoisin Sauce And Sambal Gyoza with Chargrilled Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce:
Small and delicate as they were, the flavour was huge and we were both trying to savour them without much success. It was only when I had finished it all that I realised that it had that bit of a spicy kick that would stay in my mouth until the next courses came out.
While the tofu risotto was flavoursome, the Miso Roast Aubergine with Singapore Noodles and Plum was my absolute favourite and a joy for the palette. The aubergine was soft and sumptuous and brimming with a myriad of asian flavours and the accompaniments were well-considered and beautiful-tasting.
When it came to the sweet servings, they absolutely stole my heart.
The unusual Raspberry cheesecake with Tarragon ice cream was an absolute show-stopper and the Petit Fours came in the form of a Juniper Doughnut which was the most perfect, melt-in-the-mouth thing I’ve ever tasted.
The elegant interior matches the sophisticated food so if you’re looking to impress, this is the place to go.
Lunch is £45 for the vegetarian menu and dinner is £70 (that’s excluding beverages) so it’s a hefty price to pay if you’re treating your date too but the stunning night-time skyline views over dinner can barely be beaten…