Manchester is one of our favourite cities.
We are so lucky to live not too far from Manchester City Centre. This makes it an easy place to get too by car, train or bus should we fancy a shop, dinner out or just a mooch around the cocktail bars.
Lucky for us, the boys love Manchester too. So it is a perfect choice for an afternoon lunch out, as we know it is somewhere they will never moan about visiting. There is something so cool about Manchester isn’t there? So when we got the chance to try our Vapiano Manchester we jumped at the chance. Because for our boys Italian is always a winner.
Before we visited I was a bit apprehensive when I heard the concept of Vapiano, in my mind I felt like it should not work. But after visiting and experience this super cool restaurant, it so does work.
Vapiano is a self-service restaurant, but not a buffet restaurant.
When you arrive you register and get issued a credit card each. You choose your table and like any restaurant get offered drinks which are served via waiter service.
Here is where it is so different. You choose your meal from your menu, then order yourself from the correct counter and swipe your card to add it too your bill. But unlike a buffet restaurant your meal is then freshly prepared and cooked in front of you. The great thing is you can add to your meal. I had a pasta dish with extra salmon and no pepper. And you know it is exactly as ordered.
It’s a novel concept but one that really worked for our family. The boys loved ordering and choosing their own meal. We could have done it for them but they wanted that level of independence and Vapiano allowed that freedom to do so.
Our food was fresh and delicious. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their food and trust me our two are fussy. Dessert was the same concept and had a great choice of delicious desserts and coffees including espressos.
At the end to take you cards to the desk to be swiped and settle your bill.
What I loved the most about Vapiano Manchester is the laid back chilled atmosphere and super stylish decor. When you are eating out as a family its great to find somewhere unique that is reasonable priced. Yet maintains that cool city feeling, makes families feel welcome and I felt Vapiano got this so right.
But don’t take my work for it, click on the link to check our Joe’s little live video he filmed whilst we were there.
— Extraordinary Chaos (@sarahjchristie) August 25, 2016