- .The first Chinese Restaurant in Manchester opened in 1948
- Manchester Chinatown was completed in 1987
Manchester’s best Chinese restaurants – where’s your favourite?
Manchester Chinese Restaurants are some of the best in the UK. We have Chinese restaurants in all corners of Manchester including Stockport, Hyde, and Chorlton.
If you are looking for Chinese food in Manchester then you really must visit restaurants in Chinatown Manchester, not just for the quality food, but for the experience.
The first Chinese restaurant opened in 1907 in London. Chinese restaurants in Manchester and London only started to take off after the second world war.
The first Manchester Chinese restaurant to open was in 1948. The Chinese restaurant was called Ping Hong, and it was situated on Oxford Street. By the 1970s, Chinese restaurants in Manchester continued to grow. As well as more restaurants opening, Chinese medicine shops and supermarkets began to open.
Manchester Chinatown lies in the very heart of the city and is credited for having some of the best Chinese restaurants in Manchester. It was finally completed in 1987. It contains not only Chinese restaurants but also Thai, Japanese, Nepali, Vietnamese, Singaporean, and Malaysian restaurants.
Chinatown In Manchester which also has shops, bakeries, supermarkets, the Chinese Arts Centre, and a casino is the second largest in the United Kingdom. Manchester Chinatown is known throughout the world and is the third-largest in Europe. It has such a great reputation for having some of the best restaurants in Manchester and the UK, and that it why it attracts national and international celebrities and Hollywood stars include Jackie Chan.
The best time to visit Manchester Chinatown is in February to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Although Manchester City Centre Chinatown is great at any time of the year, in February it does come alive. You have stalls, the famous parade, and dancing Dragons.
So, let’s have a look at the Best Chinese Restaurants and see why I love Manchester Chinese food and why Manchester attracts visitors from all over the world for the great food on offer.
Best Chinese Restaurants Manchester
Yang Sing, Princess Street
This Manchester Chinese restaurant is in a class of its own. A lot of people get confused with Little Yang Sing restaurant and Yang Sing Restaurant. They are both good restaurants, and are both run by members of the same family, but Yang Sing on Princess Street is the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester in our opinion.
A lot of our Manchester Magazine team can often be seen here, enjoying the great Chinese food and the fantastic drinks that are on offer.
If you fancy trying something different, then how about stir-fried jellyfish, or steamed ox tripe. Seriously, it is worth trying, you will really enjoy it.
Don’t worry if that is not your cup of tea, the Manchester Chinese restaurant has all your favourites on offer.
Drinks-wise, you have tea which is the speciality here. They have on offer Orange Pekoe, fermented Dark Pu’er and Shou Mei to name a few.
The bar of course serves your normal British and contenental beers, but how about trying some Asian beer.
Yu, Alderley Edge
This Chinese restaurant which atracts celebrities doesn’t exactly fall in the Manchester realm but is definitely worth a visit. Its famous dishes include salt and pepper lobster claw and mouthwatering wagyu beef fillet with sweet soya lime and dim sum.
The atmosphere at Yu, Alderley Edge is amazing. The Chinese restaurant in Alderley Edge not only offers great Chinese food, but it also offers a great night out.
Take your phone with you, you never know who could be sitting on the next table.
The Rice Bowl, City Centre
It is one of the oldest restaurants which is now run by the niece of the owner. Their speciality is their dim-sum selection, and the menu offers you great deals that you can make the most of.
The Manchester Chinese restaurant was first opened in 1960. It is just as good as when it first opened. It has a very big selection of Chinese food, making it the perfect choice for those who want to try a little of everything.
Wing’s, Lincoln Square
If you ask Manchester footballers what their favourite Chinese restaurant in Manchester is, then they will tell you Wing’s which is in Lincoln Square.
Many of the Coronation Street actors and celebrities also think Wing’s is the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester, so what makes it so special?
It has a great selection of Chinese food with main courses starting from £15 to £30. Wing’s is know for its seafood which is loved by all our Lifestyle Magazine team. if you have never tried seafood, then you really need to give it a try.
A firm favourite with Manchester’s footballing fraternity, Lincoln Square restaurant Wing’s is frequented by United and City players (Van Gaal was a big fan during his time here).
Mr Wing himself is a professional and attentive host and a relic of old-school hospitality, who can usually be seen quietly weaving in and out of tables, greeting guests and checking everyone is happy.
The menu offers wealthy guests ample opportunity to flash the cash, with dishes including abalone at £85.90 a pop. Main courses generally hover between £15 to £30 though, and seafood is a particular speciality.
Ruyi Vegetarian House, Withington
Looking for some Chinese vegetarian treats? This is the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester for vegertarian lovers. This restaurant is a vegetarian’s dream place. Its previous name was Lotus, but the owners have changed its name while holding onto the previous concept and delicious menu.
This restaurant’s speciality is vegetarian along with synthetic meat dishes made from wheat, soya and whey proteins. With the diverse and creative recipes, you won’t be able to get enough of this place. Crispy Szechuan mushrooms and veggie Peking ribs are 2 of our favourite dishes from the place.
If you are looking for a lavish dining experience, then Tattu is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown Manchester. A gorgeous wall of roses welcomes the guests downstairs, whereas a huge pink blossom cherry tree adorns the upstairs floor. The menu consists of a modern take on Chinese cuisine, and the drinks menu consists of beer, sake and creative cocktails.
Red Chilli, Chinatown
Red Chilli is a proud owner of two restaurants. One is on Oxford Road, but the star of the show is on Portland Street. The order of the day here comprise Beijing specialities along with Fiery Szechuan dishes. You will be tempted to try their vast array of dishes but be warned, if they say something is spicy, brace yourself for a chillie rush.
Sweet Mandarin, Northern Quarter
In 2004, Sweet Mandarin appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s F word. After beating 10,000 other establishments, it won the title of the best local Chinese restaurant in the nation. The secret to their success is the recipes that are passed onto the owners by their talented grandmother. These include clay pot chicken and beef curry, which you won’t be able to stop your hands on.
Happy Seasons, Chinatown
It is a great Manchester Chinese restaurant if you would like to rock the old days. You can re-live your experience of the ’80s with colour changing disco lights. If you happen to visit this amazing place, don’t forget to make the most of their delicious Peking duck paired with any drink from the drinks menu.
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