A selection of sushi at Japanese restaurant Cottonopolis in Manchester's NQ
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Coined from a 19th-century nickname for Manchester, Cottonopolis is a quintessential Northern Quarter joint if ever there was one. Step inside and you’ll find bees everywhere, copper light fittings, wooden floors, cocktail mixologists that maintain an icy glower at all times, and waiting staff in vintage T-shirts with neck tattoos. And most importantly, food which is very, very good.

The concept is contemporary Japanese, taking a sprinkling of influence from other places too. Expect sushi, bao buns, dumplings, and grills cooked over an open fire.

The produce is top-notch with Cumbrian lamb, Loch Duart salmon and yellowfin tuna. The bespoke cocktail list is categorised under terms from Japanese aesthetics, like wabi-sabi and shibui.

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