Contrary to popular belief, eating out doesn’t always have to be a slap-up feed to match the gluttony of King Henry VIII’s favourite tea. No, believe it or not, you can actually go out and eat without destroying your calorie intake for the week in fell swoop.
And this is where we come in. If you like to eat, but you also like to be able to fasten your trousers afterwards, then this is the guide for you. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the best healthy restaurants in Manchester.
Here are our picks
Real Junk Food Project Manchester, 85 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EQ - Visit now
Don’t be fooled, the name is a lie. This is about as far from junk food as it gets. This is a project designed to bring high-quality, healthy meals to people on low and unstable incomes right in the city centre. The idea is admirable and the food delicious, without ever feeling worthy.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB - Visit now
Evelyn’s is a cute little space, smack dab in the centre of ‘the city’s thriving artistic community’, as every London-based journalist with access to Google likes to describe it. The menu is a simple mix of plates, large and small, complete with sides and sandwiches. It’s all hearty, homecooked food which leans towards the wholesome and slightly unusual. Think hummus, freekah and octopus (though not all at once, that’d be madness).
Umezushi, Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 1PJ - Visit now
Clued-in insiders have known for a while that Japanese restaurant Umezushi is one of Manchester’s best hidden destinations. The menu is jam-packed with healthy options, and everything is remarkably fresh no matter what time or day. It’s one of Manchester’s must-try restaurants, especially if you’re looking for something that won’t destroy your budget or inflate your waistline.
Burgess Cafe Bar at IABF, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5BY - Visit now
This small but perfectly-formed café also serves as the in-house bookstore for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. The breakfast and lunch menus change daily, featuring simple, seasonal good-for-you dishes. Everything is locally sourced, including coffee from Didsbury’s well-regarded R Coffee and meat from Frosts Butchers in Chorlton. Lunch is largely made up of belly-filling soup and non-processed sandwiches, making it ideal for a quick midday stop-off.
Comptoir Libanais, 8-19 The Avenue, Manchester, M3 3HF - Visit now
If you’re looking to keep things hearty and healthy, you can’t go far wrong with Lebanese cuisine. This popular Spinningfields restaurant has plenty of choices, ranging from protein-rich cuts of marinated meat to flavour-packed rice dishes and big bold salads. Oh, and don’t forget the falafels. Never forget the falafels.