If you’ve followed my blog over the last few months (or have had to endure me talking about it…) you will know that I am on a mission to reduce my meat intake – I’m not saying I’ve ever going to be 100% vegetarian, but every little helps in my opinion.
A while back, I was invited to Tampopo to try their new menu with some of my blogger pals at their restaurant in the Corn Exchange in Manchester. I’ve been here a few times before, but it had been a while and the decor had changed quite and was a lot more authentic.
I joined Hannah and Liz and a girl called Sarah who I was sharing a table with, in the downstairs part of the restaurant. As she was vegetarian, we shared a starter which was a selection of different dishes including spring rolls, deep fried tofu, sweetcorn fritters and vegetable tempura. It was really nice to go for a different option than what I would usually get, and the vegetarian platter was definitely a good choice and something I’d 100% order again. If you wanted to order this, it would set you back £15.90, which is reasonable for the amount of food you get to try.
For the main, we both went for the spicy rebus noodle soup, which was yellow noodles, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, bean sprouts, sweet potato broth and a seasoned egg. I thought I would miss having meat in my main course, but the flavours were so vibrant and interesting, that it really didn’t phase me. The vegetarian version cost £8.95 and with pork belly, it would have been £9.95.
Instead of having a dessert, we all opted for an Aperol spritz, which some may say a strange choice in an Asian restaurant, but nonetheless, it was delicious!
I love Tampopo and would recommend it if you’re ever in the city centre because of the chilled atmosphere, the menu has something for everyone and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable, which it comes to helping you with what to order if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed!
The next time I go, I will definitely look out for the other vegetarian options, because the soup dish I had had so many different flavours and textures in that I wouldn’t have got to try otherwise.