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Corn Exchange inspires with delicious flavours from around the world this Christmas

The Corn Exchange brings flavours from around the world to the beautiful setting of their grand hall in the centre of Manchester

Their current line is jam packed with a fab selection of food, ranging from Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Indian and much more.

To check out their beautiful Christmas offerings, we went down to try three of the great restaurants on offer.

You can check them out here

First stop, India!

To kick off proceedings, me and my colleague visited Delhi House Café.

All decked out for Christmas with holly and beautiful twinkling lights, the place was packed to the rafters as punters were looking for a tasty bite on a Wednesday night.

The atmosphere was busy, bustling with visitors looking for a tasty treat in the run up to Christmas.

I had the vegetable samosa chaat (£6.95), as recommended by our waitress, and the medley of flavours didn’t disappoint.

The crispness of the Punjabi filo pastry was fantastic against the sumptuous vegetable fillings. They were presented beautifully on a bed of chickpea curry with an amazing mint, tamarind and yogurt sauce. A stone cold classic and highly recommended.

My companion had the Tandoori Chicken Tikka (£9.50). It is marinated in the classic blend of rich and flavoursome North Indian Spices, the garam masala and paprika cutting finely through the mix of flavours.

The dish is roasted in their clay oven, making the meat incredibly flavoursome and tasty with a mint chutney to top things off.

There are plenty more adventurous options available, but as we were only stopping for the starter, we were whisked away as we were just getting settled.

Delhi House Cafe are also offering a full 3 course sharing menu this Christmas time, a perfect chance to broaden your culinary horizons. It is £34.95pp. They are also offering a bottomless brunch too available Thursday -Sunday from 12:00-16:30 for £35.95 per person.

You can see their full menu here.

Looking good!

Next up, Vietnam!

For the mains we headed to PHO

Phở, (pronounced fuh) is the Vietnamese national dish; a aromatic, healthy & delicious rice noodle soup.

It is a beef broth rich with ginger, onions, star anise, fish sauce, and onions.

Into that go rice noodles, beef, scallions, bean sprouts, and fresh herbs served with a side plate of fresh herbs to add as you please. You can add bean sprouts, coriander and chilli too.

I selected the Hot & spicy beef brisket Phở (£11.75). It turned out to be a great choice, and the perfect winter warmer during this freezing weather. Filled with beautiful aromatics, the dish was deeply pleasing and slurp-able to the last drop.

My partner had the aromatic, spicy wok-fried broken rice with chicken and prawns (£10.25). Luckily, I got to snaffle a bit of it, the soy sauce and additional chilli’s making it a rich but light dish.

Quite healthy options all things considered (never bad in the run up to Christmas), bursting with vegetables and fresh ingredients with no sacrifice of taste. Both delicious and definitely worth your time if you’ve never made the foray it to Vietnamese food before.

This Christmas time Phở are offering a two and three course set menu, which includes a full vegan menu too. It comes in at £19.95 for two courses, or £24.95 for three.

You can check out their full menu here.

The final stop, for puddings, we headed to Italy.

Riva Blu is a trendy modern Italian restaurant in the Corn Exchange which has a beautiful selection of food.

Their ethos is based on a 1960’s high society glamour and the décor in mode, contemporary settings.

You can watch the chef’s beaver away busily in the open Kitchen, or just sit back and drink in the relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Friendly staff were on hand to chat through the menu and their cooking processes.

To round off an eclectic meal, I had the tiramisu. Which as a disclaimer, is my favourite thing in the world.

And it didn’t disappoint. Beautiful amaretto-soaked sponge provided a sweet nutty flavour, juxtaposed against the delicious mascarpone was a great way to round off our whistle stop tour.

My colleague had the chocolate fondant served with warm chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream, with an oozing fondant middle.

This Christmas time you can choose between two set Christmas Menus at Riva Blue which cost £35 & £47.50. There are vegetarian and vegan options available too.

You can see their Christmas offer here.

What’s Christmas without a mulled wine? As the final stop we went to the Garten Bar to enjoy a fine selection of Christmas cocktails.

The open bar in the centre of the Corn Exchange is a great place to sit and relax under the beautiful glass dome, and engage in a bit of people watching as you can pick from their great selection of German beers, wines or cocktails.

Corn exchange are currently offering two festive cocktails for £14. You can pick from: Candy cane Martini (with vodka, vanilla vodka, lemon and cranberry), Caramel Martini (baileys, caramel liqueur, espresso, milk) matchmaker martini (vodka, milk, crème de menthe or a gingerbread hot chocolate.

I had a Caramel Martini, the satisfying flavour of baileys augmented by the biscoff dusted on top made for a great end to what had been a fine feast of flavours.

We both left feeling very satisfied, but realised there is so much more ground to cover in the Corn Exchange. We didn’t try Banyan, Vapiano, Mowgli, Cosy Club, Doner House, Croyaki bubble tea, Pizza express, Tampopo and Zizzi.

All the excuse for another trip in the New Year!

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