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“Cool restuarant and good food”
Review of Australasia

Australasia
Ranked #41 of 2,296 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $97
Cuisines: Asian, European, Australian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine the taste and style.
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Cool restuarant and good food”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We went here for my brother's birthday, the staff were really friendly and helpful.

We had lovely cocktails before being taken to our table which was had nice, comfy seats (I think if you want a booth you have to book these in advance, we just had a "normal" table). The wine list is given to you on an ipad!

The menu had a decent choice, you could either order tapas style or have a starter and main. I have to say that if you're veggie, go for the tapas style as the only main option is a tofu dish and whilst it's not horrible by any means, the texture of the tofu spoils it as it's just a block of tofu.

The deserts are amazing everything is presented beautifully.

The decor is simple, clean and yet cosy, the toilets are spotless. The kitchen also looks extremely clean too. I imagine you could do a lot of celebrity spotting here.

Have not given 5 out of 5 as the vegetarian dish was disappointing.

  • Visited October 2012
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A whole new dining experience”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Absolutely loved it. From the moment I walked in, it felt special. Friendly service, the food was delicious, unusual, stimulating and very beautifully presented.

Our lovely waiter did keep saying no worries so many times I was getting worried, but other than that 5 stars all round.

  • Visited November 2012
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Manchester
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Special food”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Everything about the restaurant made it a special night. We went on a Sunday so it was a bit quieter. The entrance could be missed if you were not specifically looking. It is probably necessary to book, although this is not a bad thing, given some restaurants popping up with the dreadful policy of no booking and waiting hours to get a seat. The decor is different and the menu is fresh and exciting, suited to veggies as much as carnivores!

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and food and attentive all night setting the right atmosphere to relax and enjoy the food.The food itself was well presented and very tasty including the side dishes cooked on the Robota grill. The souffles were amazing.

Not cheap, but you pay for what you get, which is something different and a full evening out as opposed to a quick rushed meal.

  • Visited November 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“a down under treat”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Enjoy the buzz in this oh so cool restaurant. It has the beach but-driftwood vibe happening and the staff have that friendly Aussie thing going on. Despite being underground, it has a light and airy feeling. The food tends to be more Japanese fusion as opposed to what you might think of as truly Australasian but it certainly doesn't disappoint although why so much sushi?. The restaurant can tend to be really noisy - mainly because its popular and the bar is absolutely packed - maybe not the place for a romantic tete a tete.

  • Visited November 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
354 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
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“Very different,current trendy place to eat, and to be seen.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Australasia really has got it going on. Good food, the interior desgn, the atmosphere, and some cute waiters! Visiting with a friend for the first time was very exciting. The fact that the restaurant is underground feels exclusive, entering via a small glass triangle. The beer VB was lovely, as were the cocktails. It is such a positive experience to go there, and really lifted both our spirits.I ordered rump steak . I enjoyed the dish, and the steak was a little chewy, so had to make sure I eat bite size pieces to enjoy. That may have been down to the choice of meat/cut I chose? When I go back, I will have the tapas, as they looked fantastic, and very creative. Well done Australasia you deserve all your success.p.s. book well in advance.

  • Visited November 2012
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