This time we were invited to a Japanese Supper Club hosted by Tampopo at their Albert Square restaurant, and if you know me, you know I’m always up for a foodventure, specially if it involves trying out a new restaurant! (yes, this was my first time eating at Tampopo!)
Also, this felt like the perfect excuse for a mid-week night out and a walk around the city. If you ask G, he’ll tell you that I love any excuse to get out of the house, and I couldn’t agree more! Any reason to walk around Manchester is a great reason for me to leave my couch.
But let’s start with the proper foodventure, shall we?
I started my night with a Lemongrass Mule, which was amazingly refreshing and nice. Didn’t feel too strong, but definitely gave me the strength to start this meal with the right foot. G, on the other hand, tried the Asahi Beer, which he really enjoyed.
I’m not really a beer person, so I’m not the right person to ask about this.
For those of you wondering, Tampopo’s Japanese Supper Club consists in a guided dinner composed by five courses that complement each other to provide you a complete dining experience and offer you a wide variety of Asian flavors.
We started with the right foot (and I’m not only talking about the Lemongrass Mule).
I keep saying this all the time, and I’m sorry if it sounds repetitive, but I’m the biggest fan of different textures in my food, specially when it comes to crispy/crunchy things, so I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I really liked these tempura vegetables. It’s a classic, and you definitely can’t go wrong with them.
The Gyozas were also good and yummy, and the pork was incredibly tasty. I could have eaten like ten of these and it would have been a great night for me, tbh. But I know that’s not what this supper club was supposed to be about.
I’ll be completely honest, this was my absolute favorite part of the whole supper club.
These wings were filled with tons of flavor, had a crispy outside, and the perfect mix between spicy and sweet. And you know I don’t even tolerate spicy food that much, but I was willing to ignore that just to keep eating these.
Also, I love how honest they were with the name, because they certainly looked sticky, but being the weirdos that we are, we decided to help ourselves with the chopsticks and silverware that we had to avoid a messy situation. The end result? No sticky fingers after a great serving of these wings (and no meat left on the bones, but I wasn’t going to photograph that!), so if you don’t mind people looking at you like you’re crazy, I’d say that you give it a go!
Yes ladies, my boyfriend lifts (noodles).
This chicken ramen was absolutely amazing as well, and it would have been our favorite if it weren’t for those sticky wings (sorry, ramen! No one stands a chance next to those babies). It was incredibly well seasoned and really filling.
If you’re in the mood for some noodles, I’d say this is a great choice!
The fourth course was Yaki Udon with Sweet Potato Katsu. I’ve never tried any of these two before so I was completely intrigued by the moment they came in. The Yaki Udon is a set of really yummy noodles that we truly enjoyed, and the katsu got me at the first sight of their crispy outsides. Definitely not like anything I’ve tried before.
Finally, we finished our meal with a taste of green tea ice cream, which was also super interesting! I’m a big fan of green tea, and I’ve tried green tea ice cream before, back in the States, in our favorite asian restaurant, but this time was different because it wasn’t combined with anything else, so you could get a stronger green tea flavor.
Overall, we had an amazing time and really enjoyed our evening! We got the chance to try many different things, and know I know where to go when I need a good dose of sticky wings (believe me, I’ll come back for more!).
Thank you so much to Tampopo’s team for the invitation! We love every chance we get to try new restaurants and dishes, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to get a better taste of another take on Asian cuisine.
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