Sakana Pan-Asian, St Peter's Street, Manchester

Just off Deansgate on St Peter Street lies a new £1 million development Pan-Asian eatery - Sakana, formerly the Chicago Rock Cafe. Although i was a little disappointed with the unfinished exterior the interior did not disappoint. The gallery like open space dining area was lavishly swanky and of course the centrepiece of the beautiful interior was enhanced with the Japanese metal maple tree. Upon arrival, we were greeted with Prosecco, an introduction by Business Developer Dan Robinson and within minutes the media launch was in full swing.


The sample menu consisted of a five-course meal with wine to compliment each dish. The specially selected wine complimenting each dish was to enhance the flavours and when done right it definitely brings out the flavour. The restaurant isn't called Sakana for no reason. In English the Japanese term Sakana means 'to enjoy food with alcohol.' Great combination eh! 

Here's what was consumed:

Stellenrust 48, Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2012

Sushi Collection
Stellenrust 48, Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2012

Yakitori Chicken Skewers 
Charles Smith, The Velvet Devil, Merlot 2012

 Soft Shell Crab Tempura x Asian Coleslaw 
Kung Fu Girl Reisling, Washington State, 2013 

Halibut, Champagne, Yuzu, Miso, Pomegranate
Kung Fu Girl Reisling, Washington State, 2013

Panna Cotta, Cardamom, Coconut, Passion Fruit
Tenzan Yuzushu

Japanese cuisine is very light and healthy, and despite demolishing the 5 course meal, i was left wanting for more. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Japanese cuisine, especially ya'll sushi-aholics out there!

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