Last week saw the Bank Holiday Weekend, the ideal time to go for a date night. However, I’ve been a little out of the Manchester loop lately, with working in Cheshire and rarely spending time in the city. So when I was approached by The Printworks about my thoughts on visiting to go for a meal and cinema date, I pondered.
The Printworks has been a focal point of Manchester City Center for a long time. I have fond memories of being 18 years old – so a whole 12 years ago – and venturing to The Printworks for a guaranteed good night. Lloyds Bar, Norwegian Blue, Tiger Tiger… all the classic haunts for a right good boogie and affordable drinks. I even remember finishing the night off in Lucid many times. Anyway. fast forward to 2016, and it’s not a place I visit regularly. However, there’s been so many renovations to the place over the past couple of years, that I decided it was time to revisit.
Date night – here I come! Oh and the red dress outfit above was going to be my outfit, but then I changed my mind…
Our first visit was to Wagamama, to indulge in a bit of oriental food to start off our evening. I have to say I love Wagamama’s because it never lets me down – there is so much choice, and it covers me for if I feel like going all out with a fatty curry, a carb heavy noodle dish, or a healthy chicken broth. Alongside this, there are amazing starters and sides that are great to share, and the range of fresh juices are delicious! If you’re on a healthy eating regime, there’s plenty for you at Wagamama. The Chilli Chicken Ramen is a really good low calorie option, which my boyfriend opted for. Warning: this dish comes with a kick. Perhaps too spicy for me, but full of flavour! If you want to go all out, then the Chicken Katsu Curry is incredible. I’m yet to find a curry with a sauce which beats that of Wagamama’s Katsu.
On this occasion, I went for the Chicken and Prawn Yaki Soba Noodle dish, which comes under the Teppanyaki part of the menu. So tasty, with just the right balance of meat, vegetables and noodles. Oh and it has a touch of spice and a bit of a crispy crunch too.
Before I sign off about Wagamama, I have to tell you about a new starter they have on the menu, which is the Pork Belly and Panko Apple Steamed Hirata Bun. This Ssian inspired bun is a soft steamed bun with tender pork with a tang of apple. Delicious!
I’d also recommend the chicken pieces too, and a usual favourite of mine when I visit here are the gyozas, usually packed with prawn. Now my mouth’s watering!
The prices in Wagamama’s are really affordable, where you can pay around £9 for a guaranteed fresh, authentic cooked meal which comes out as soon as it is cooked and ready. The juices also come loaded with all your favourite fruits and vegetables, my number one choice being the Clean Green. Any smoothie juice with avocado is always a winner for me.
If noodles or curry dishes aren’t your idea of a perfect date night meal, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be impressed with the other offerings for food at The Printworks. From a new Thai place called Busaba, to an all-you-can eat around the world buffet style restaurant, there’s something for everyone. And if you want to go for a drink afterwards, there’s the Hard Rock Cafe, Waxy O’Connors and Yates to name a few.
After our meal we headed to the Odeon cinema to watch a scary movie – a real date night type film. We went for Lights Out, which was literally so terrifying I was yelping out in the cinema. How embarrassing!
I always love how spacious and modern this particular Odeon cinema is, and how as soon as you leave, you have so many eateries and bars on the doorstep if you want to continue the night. Overall, I had a really lovely date night at The Printworks, and in my opinion, it’s getting better and better. Definitely worth checking out if you live in Manchester and want a night of variety, good food, affordable prices, and a buzzing vibe…