I know that some of my posts recently have had a foodie theme, well what can I say? Girl likes her food, and Italian food for that matter! I’ve decided to do this post in two parts, so welcome to part one, my review of the lovely Vapiano restaurant in Manchester’s Corn Exchange. If you take anything from this post (and don’t make it to the end) it’s basically that you HAVE to visit this place! It’s so bright and airy and the staff are lovely, and the food is incredible and yeah, I’m getting side tracked already and I’m getting hungry and basically NEED pasta right now to survive… Good start!
Anyway, last month, I was contacted by the PR agency of the restaurant after I had seen their #EatPastaRunFaster campaign popping up on Twitter and Facebook, which is basically a good way of healthily getting carbs into your diet, especially if you’re a gym-goer… but I will talk about that more in part 2!
I thought as I had been invited to try out the menu and this new concept of dining, that it would be the perfect place to have a reunion with my fellow blogger friends Lily, Paula and Erin who I met at the Jet2 event at the end of March and are some of the loveliest girls ever! Lily also mentioned on her blog as well that it feels like we’ve know each other for years, and it really does! So us four bloggers went to get our carb-loading on, which was the best way to spend a Sunday evening in my opinion!
As the girls live all over the North, we met a little bit earlier than the meal was booked and went for a drink in Cosy Club which is becoming one of my favourite places to go in Manchester. I went for a watermelon ice tea, because I didn’t want to be the crazy twenty-something who drinks Prosecco by herself on a Sunday evening when everyone else is having soft drinks… No matter how much I wanted to be!
We made our way over to the restaurant for our booking, taking pictures and posing on the way and were greeted by the very friendly front of house team who took us upstairs to the main restaurant. From looking at the restaurant from outside, I had no idea how big it really was, and very light and airy. The whole concept of the restaurant was also really interesting. Instead of having a waiter/waitress and ordering with them, you seat yourself, decide what food you want and go to the relevant station ie. starters/antipasti/pasta/pizza/risotto/desserts and order your food there whilst you wait, and they make it right in front of you. The restaurant itself originated in Germany, serves fresh Italian food and is a very quirky new concept which I think will catch on to more restaurants up North and in London. I’m one of those people as well who loves watching her food being made in front of her like a teppanyaki restaurant so this was right up my street. Plus, as I mentioned, I LOVE Italian food.
For a starter I had bruschetta, with the ripest and sweetest tomatoes known to man which was absolutely delicious. I was trying to wait for the other girls to get their starters in order to share, but ended up eating it all as it was just so. damn. good. (Soz girls!) For main I had the Gamberetti which was king prawns, tomatoes, spring onion, tomato sauce and fresh lemon, and again, was incredible. For dessert, we shared 4 between us which was a very rich chocolate slice, a honeycomb and cream sort of mixture, a baked cheesecake with a berry compote, and a nutella, cherry and cream one (99% sure those aren’t the correct names…) It would be a sin to go to this restaurant and not order dessert, just sayin’
I’m really privileged that we were able to experience the amazing food at Vapiano because it was seriously good and the whole experience and company was amazing. As I said, I will write a longer blog on the whole #EatPastaRunFaster campaign and the recipes I’ve been trying, I just firstly wanted to get the message across that this restaurant is definitely one to try if you’re ever in Manchester! And I will definitely be back!