Tampopo Corn Exchange, Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR – Visit Now
As we inch closer and closer to being free of lockdown, everyone is no doubt hungry to experience the world beyond once again. Until that day comes though, Tampopo is offering everyone with a palate for East Asia an opportunity to experience their cuisine from the comfort of their Manchester branches. With a renovated menu boasting authentic dishes from chefs native to multiple regions, from Thailand to Singapore, there is something for everybody.
The atmosphere at Tampopo is as lively as ever, unimpeded by the COVID measures that have been put in place. A warm blend of sit-in dining and décor reminiscent of Asian night markets, it is easy to get caught up in the buzz, especially with friends. We recommend you start your journey with one of the curated sharing plates, piled up with small bites inspired by multiple cultures. Both vegan and meat platters are available, whether you prefer a sticky starter to be wings or tofu, along with a host of other snacks, some more recognizable than others. Covering the majority of East Asian treats, there are the classics of edamame, spring rolls and gyoza. For the more adventurous eaters out there, starters like the Balinese pork belly highlights how spices like star anise and cinnamon can elevate flavours in a refreshingly new way.
Tampopo is ready to welcome you back with a rich variety of exciting new dishes
Moving onto the main stars of the show, the menu is now laid out with dishes titled “Heroes” as well as a slew of quintessential meals for an East Asian restaurant. The idea behind these “Heroes”, such as pad krapow Thai and their laksa Soup (pictured) is to expose everyone to some of the lesser well-known but equally delicious food that other countries have to offer. All created in collaboration with local chefs in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Bali to name a few, these are all as true to their roots as you will find in Manchester.
As difficult as it is to find the ideal balance of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness for any Pad Thai dish, the direct training in Bangkok given to chefs shines through with every bite. The same goes for the laksa soup, enriched with lobster in the same way that Singaporeans love it. Beyond the Heroes, crowd-favourites such as the katsu udon soup have also remained on the menu and are as luxurious as you remember. All in all, plenty of the rich flavours that Pan Asian food has to come to be known for are there for your choosing.
Finally finish off your meal with one of their “Happy Endings” which include a roti pancake, mochi balls and mango sorbet to name a few. Following on from the strong spiciness of many of their dishes, the mango sorbet may be the ideal choice though. Both easy on the eyes and soothing to the tongue, this sorbet is made from real mangoes, making it a perfect high note to end on.
Now reopen at both Albert Square and their Corn Exchange locations, Tampopo is ready to welcome you back with a rich variety of exciting new dishes.