Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and the craft of the food make any occasion feel like a million dollars at Australasia.
Sashimi with edible flowers, served on a hand-thrown ceramic bowl of ice chips is a great place to start, while fine wines (rolling right up into the £1000s) hint at the high-flying regulars that Australasia attracts.
The menu takes in Japanese, New Zealand and Indian influences while shell-coloured lanterns and soft fawn booths set a seductive scene.
The small plate selection could include salt and pepper sea bass California rolls, Loch Duart salmon sushi and duck salad with compressed watermelon. The pork belly and pineapple curry crafted to a genuine Thai recipe is flawless.
A Manchester favourite – with good reason.
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