Baohouse at Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor, an 1858 Grade II listed market building located in Northern Quarter Manchester. Refurbished and transformed by the team behind Altrincham Market, into a buzzing venue which houses some of the finest food and drink vendors in Manchester.

I hate to say that I am so late to jump in the bandwagon. Like it’s sister market in Altrincham, it is always busy there and sometimes that put me off going in since I can never find seats (or it may just be my luck). Lately, I’m on a small mission to find good places that serves Bao buns, and Mackie Mayor has Baohouse. They serve Taiwanese steamed buns. So there I was, determined even if I had to eat standing I was going to try that Bao.

I love the interior, glass ceiling, wooden decor with low hanging lights are just some of the features in this place that welcomes you in. Take a seat first, note your table number, then you can take a pick at which food and drink you want from one of the many vendors available there.

I chose the Hoisin Pork belly from Baohouse with sides which came to £12.50, then a Cappuccino from Wolf House Coffee £2.90, totalling at £15.40. So, it is quite pricey and the size isn’t very big. The sides, which was portions of spiced potatoes, coleslaw and broccoli made the price worth it, I think as they filled me up more. The pork itself is very tender with sticky and sweet hoisin sauce served with pickled cucumber and topped with spring onions. It was really tasty.

The coffee was also very enjoyable and there were plenty of cakes and cookies to choose from the Wolf House Coffee counter. The banana scone they had caught my attention as I’ve never had one before… but perhaps… it’s for another visit. Right now, mission accomplished.

Mackie Mayor NQ, 1 Eagle St, Manchester M4 5BU.

Shoryu: Authentic Ramen & Japanese Street Food

Located in Manchester’s Picadilly Gardens, Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, street food side dishes and Japanese inspired cocktails. The ramen, specifically is a style of ramen originated from the Hakata district in Japan. What makes this place unique, is the 12-hour pork broth. I’m a big fan of bone broth so I was looking forward to trying it. This is the first Shoryu ramen bar outside of London and I’m actually surprised I’ve not tried the food here until a friend of mine recommended it last night.

We went straight for the ramen. I chose the Piri Piri Tonkotsu 12.90 (char siu barbecue pork belly,  nitamago egg, kikurage mushroom, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed with spicy gochujang sauce and jalapeños) whilst my friend ordered the Red Miso Ramen 12.50 (barbecue pork, sweet corn, bamboo shoot, spring onion, kikurage mushroom, nitamago egg). The taste was very good. The broth is flavourful and on top of that, mine had jalapeños in it so that added a kick to the dish. The portion was also good, you can choose the firmness of your noodle, I chose the standard one as I don’t like my noodles too hard or soft.

They have a range of matcha dessert which I love!! Also, yuzu type dessert (lemon, citrus), mochi ice cream, and kakigori (shaved ice). We both chose the Matcha Chocolate Sundae 5.90. In the sundae, you get soft serve matcha with matcha brownies, thin milk cookie, strawberry and 2 chocolate sticks (like Mikado). At the bottom of the glass, you have the chocolate sauce and some crispy flakes which we assumed were corn flakes. It was a nice finish to a good hot meal.

Do they do vegetarian option? Yes, although not extensive. Really enjoyed the food here and the staff were also friendly, I noticed they say things in Japanese before proceeding to ask in English like “Sumimasen (excuse me), how was everything with your food?”. The chef also did the same, and it just made the experience a little more authentic.