‘A stylish but laid back slice of modern Australian life, down-under in Manchester’ – this is how Australasia, describes itself.
Admittedly, we can’t really fault the statement, the entrance to the restaurant will literally take you ‘down-under’ – situated underneath the glamorous Avenue in Spinningfields, right next door to the Armani Exchange. With a brand new menu on the table however, we wondered how much it would taste like Australia too.
If we’re talking an Aussie barbecue and a cold one you’re probably not going to find it here, but that isn’t quite the point. Australasia is definitely a slice of the modern Australian lifestyle. Think more Eastern than Western Australia, the larger cosmopolitan cities rather than the outback and you’re half the way there. Then throw in all the colour of the vibrant Australasian eco-system, the high quality meat that the Aussies are so proud of and the incredible variety of seafood on the doorstep and you’re a little closer. Then think about the amazing influence Asia has had on Australia over the past few years, with input from Japan, South East Asia, Indonesia amongst others and we think you might have just about got it.
The menu is heavily seafood based as you might expect with some fantastic sushi options but the premium 28-day aged British beef, grilled on the robata is a solid option if you’re lost for choice. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, upgrade to the Surf and Turf fillet steak with half a lobster for £55.
Words by Olivia Cooley. Images property of Living Ventures and Australasia.