As a food and culture obsessed girl and newbie to Manchester, let me bring you along to explore what the city has to offer! I love finding new places and Manchester has so many excellent restaurants and bars I can’t wait to try. Come with me as I tick off each eatery on my embarrassingly long list on my iPhone notes.

Menagerie bottomless brunch
Location: Menagerie, New Bailey, Salford
Price: £££
Vibe: Dressy, vibrant
Service: 3/5

There was no better way to kickstart my Manchester experience than spending my first weekend bottomless brunching (an un-written rule to christen you into a new city). As an extension of my birthday celebrations, I wanted to book somewhere with a lively atmosphere that was more special than the norm. Menagerie was first to come to mind, as it's known to be perfect for special occasions.

The Menagerie bottomless brunch menu offers two brunch plates (or a double up on any plate) and unlimited Prosecco, bloody Marys, fruit punch or mimosas for 90 minutes. I chose avocado and salmon on sourdough as my first plate and French toast for my second. The perfect combo for satisfying my sweet craving after a savoury dish. The highlight for me was definitely the warm brioche French toast. It had a crisp outside, dusted in cinnamon sugar and a centre oozing with melted Nutella. Even after a bottle of prosecco, that taste of French toast will not slip my memory. Although the food was good, I would’ve liked an alternative late afternoon menu, as it felt strange eating breakfast food at 4 pm.

Five of us stayed on prosecco, which is always the go-to on a bottomless brunch (top tip: don’t choose cocktails as they take too long to make - you only have 1.5 hours so use it wisely!) The service was a little slow to start, but after a bit of a prompt it picked up and we definitely got our money’s worth of drink.

The entertainment at Menagerie makes the venue stand out from other bars and restaurants offering bottomless brunch. Three dancers came out and brought so much energy and excitement to the catwalk in the centre of the restaurant. The male trapeze artist who followed was also excellent and made Menagerie a memorable experience.

Overall, the combination of good food, extravagant interior aesthetic, lively atmosphere and top-quality entertainment definitely encourages me to revisit Menagerie.

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