Yes, Exchange Lounge has a new menu! And if you don’t even know what I’m talking about, maybe check out this article where I wrote about our first time paying them a visit.

If you don’t want to bother, my final conclusion was that Exchange Lounge is a hidden gem in Manchester (even though it’s not hidden at all!) and it’s definitely worth a visit.

I’ve been fortunate enough to get a chance to talk to the people behind this place, and they invited me and G for another round, this time to try their newly launched menu, and I just couldn’t resist!

Here’s what we had.

The cocktails

Cocktails at Exchange lounge, Manchester

Clover club: Gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white.

Daniel recommended me the clover club, and you know I’m all about the recommendations, so I went for that one immediately.

It was a delicious gin cocktail with a surprising citrusy punch that invades your mouth in every sip. The raspberry syrup brings some sweetness that contrasts greatly with the gin, and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ll definitely be ordering this more!

Cocktails at Exchange lounge, Manchester

From France to the USA Julep: American Whisky, Bonne mama blueberry jam and mint.

G, on the other hand, went for this stronger cocktail that Daniel described as a mojito with bourbon. The first sip certainly reminded me of that, but with a delicious berry flavour that gave it a whole other twist.

Cocktails at Exchange lounge, Manchester

Dark and stormy: spiced rum, fresh lime and ginger beer

This was Monika’s recommendation, and even though I had already said that the Clover Club was my favourite, she made me change my mind!

This is definitely my new preferred way to drink rum. The fact that it was a spiced spirit made it the perfect pairing to the fizzy ginger beer, and the fresh lime was a nice touch to bring it all together.

My recommendation? Ask the staff for their favourites and recommendations, they’ll give you some good advice 😉


The food

Lunch at Exchange lounge, Manchester

This time we were hungrier than last time, so we ordered even more food. But it was all for research purposes, so those calories don’t count, right?

Anyway, we started with some nachos, and they were incredibly cheesy, which I think is one of the best things you can say about nachos.

Lunch at Exchange lounge, Manchester

Another thing that I loved besides the amount of cheese, was the fact that they gave us the salsa, guacamole and sour cream on the side, because that meant that I could overload my nachos with as much guacamole as I wanted to. Those who know me know that there’s not such a thing as too much guac for me.

This is a great starter if you’re having lunch, and also good for nibbling if you’re just in for some cocktails.

Fish tacos

We also had some fish tacos, which you can also eat as your full meal with something on a side if you’re not really that hungry.

They were a bit spicy for me (definitely not for G) but still enjoyable. The seasoning was on point, and the tartar sauce was just right. The mix of textures in every bite was delicious. If you’re in for a spicy bite, this is for you!

Tom Yum Soup

G ordered this, but you know how it goes. We usually end up sharing everything so we can both try more items from the menu.

This was a really flavourful broth loaded with tons of noodles and veggies, perfect for these cold winter days!

Lunch at Exchange lounge, Manchester

“Good vibes” burger: Cajun marinated chicken, slaw, jerk mayo and mango salsa

On the other hand, we just can’t ignore a burger on the menu, specially if it’s called “good vibes”!

This is not your traditional burger. It has a nice sweet touch thanks to the mango salsa, and it goes great with the touch of spice the jerk mayo brings. The chicken was great, and the overall mix of components makes it a really unique one.

Finally, because we couldn’t say no to dessert…

Lunch at Exchange lounge, Manchester

Creme Brûlée

We got the trio of creme brûlée, which honoured its name by being incredibly creamy and delicious, as it should be, and coming in different tiny pots means that we didn’t need to fight as much when it came to sharing.

I’m kidding, my boyfriend’s the best and he always lets me eat more dessert.

Lunch at Exchange lounge, Manchester

Bread and butter pudding

But the real start of the show was this bread and butter pudding (and if you want to see it in its final form, you better head to Instagram. There’s a video that I’m sure you’ll love!). This dessert had the most unique and delicious texture, because it was thick, yet it didn’t feel dense. I don’t know if this makes sense because I’m talking about dessert, but I promise it was delicious.

Even though it doesn’t have any chocolate, I loved it as much as I loved Chris’s homemade warm chocolate brownie last time, so that says a lot!


Overall, we had an amazing experience at Exchange Lounge. Their staff is always super nice and kind to us, even when we’re not in blogger duty, and I’m always excited to try their recommendations!

That’s it for today, but make sure to come back on Thursday if you’d like to read about our foodventure in Liverpool last Saturday (if you follow me on Instagram, you already know a bit about it), I can’t wait to share about this amazing place with you.

If you have any recommendations, or you’d like me to try a place to see if it’s worth a visit before you head there, leave me a comment. I’m always excited to try new places, specially if it means that I can eat ‘for research purposes’. You also message me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).


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Enough writing (and reading, probably) for now. Thanks for reading me!






  1. January 24, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Michelle your blog is my new favourite! Thanks for providing such great recommendations. I’d not heard of this restaurant (like most places in Manchester to be honest!) but with a burger like that I’m keen to check it out 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 24, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Alice! Your words mean a lot to me. I‘m always looking for new places to try so I keep providing recommendations to everyone in the look for a good bite. Exchange lounge is definitely worth a try, and if you go, you can’t miss their croquettes! Another favourite of mine.

  2. Ellie
    January 24, 2018 / 9:11 am

    The nachos look amazing! As does the clover club cocktail! Yum!

    • Michelle
      January 24, 2018 / 10:06 am

      They were really delicious, and that cocktail is one of my new favourites 🙂 you should give it a go, Ellie!

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