Is Grand Pacific worth the price?

I can’t be the only one that takes it a bit harder on a restaurant when I see a big price tag, am I?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about treating myself to a nice meal out whenever I feel like it, and I don’t mind paying a hefty bill as long as food and service were amazing, but sometimes places are just overhyped and charge you more just because people are willing to pay for it. I  know Grand Pacific will be a bigger-than-average bill, and I’ve seen pictures on Instagram a couple of times already, so let’s see if it’s worth the hype (and price).

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

Rum punch for me and a posh colada for G.

We went for cocktails to go with the tropical theme with all the pineapples and palm leaves in the decor (besides, it was quite warm outside).

My rum punch was delicious. Not too sweet, not too strong. Perfect to sip while you’re having a chat. Gabs drink was also good, but we later learned that it’s better if you let the coconut ice ball melt for a little while so it sweetens the rest of the drink a bit. Lesson learned, cocktail enjoyed.

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

Pork balls with Harumaki dipping sauce

They brought the appetisers after we were done with our drinks. We ordered some Thai fishcakes and some yummy pork balls (predictable for us, I know).

They were both fantastic and full of flavour in every bite. The pork balls were G’s favourite, but the fishcakes definitely won my heart (which is great because that means we didn’t have to fight for the last bite!).

After this, you can imagine we had big expectations for the mains.

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

Sesame crusted tuna with butternut and miso puree, tenderstem broccoli and asparagus.

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

I went for a sesame crusted tuna which was okay. Don’t get me wrong, this tuna wasn’t bad or anything, but it was underwhelming after having a delicious pair of appetisers. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this didn’t deliver.

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

Dining in Grand Pacific, Manchester

Lamb Massaman curry with forbidden rice, gunpowder potatoes and a roti.

G decided to go for something completely different and ordered some curry which, again, was okay-ish. The flavour was there, but the dish wasn’t really exciting or groundbreaking in any way.

For all the hype Grand Pacific gets I was expecting something similar to what I got when I visited Albatross & Arnold or Grafene.

After some disappointing mains we ordered dessert. A chocolate fondant and a crème brûlée which, again, weren’t awful but weren’t anything exciting or different to suit Grand Pacific’s big hype.

Overall, the experience wasn’t bad, but it was not what I expected for what we paid, and definitely not what I thought it was going to be from what I saw online. I know I can get either the same quality at a way lower price at many other decent places in Manchester, or a more exciting meal for the same price tag for those days when you feel like celebrating or treating yourself.

Lesson for today? Don’t let high prices and pretty Instagram feeds trick you!


That’s it! I’m sorry this place was a disappointment, but at least now you know what to expect before you pay for it yourself. If you need other recommendations, make sure to message me and tell me what you enjoy, I love sharing my favourites with you! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).


If you’re looking for something else to read (maybe not as disappointing) then check last week’s post here. If you’re done for the day, make sure to come back on Thursday for another foodventure 😉

Thanks for reading me! TTYS






  1. May 18, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I have to admit I avoid Spinningfields when I’m in Manc. The prices don’t often match the food quality. Have had bad meals at Australsia and Tattu. Sometimes places need to realise that decor isn’t everything…

    • Michelle
      May 19, 2018 / 9:30 pm

      This time I didn’t visit their Spinningfields restaurant. I’ve found some great places there, though! Sadly, Grand Pacific can’t be added to that list. I haven’t been to Australasia or Tattu yet, I’ll have to check more reviews/opinions before I decide to pay them a visit!

  2. May 18, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Definitely appreciate such an honest review! That cocktail does look delicious though, I think I’d pop in for a drink but probably give the food a miss (not sure how veggie-friendly they are?) x

    • Michelle
      May 18, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you so much! I think there’s no point in making a review if it’s not honest. The drinks were good so I’d go for that in a second! The food I wouldn’t really advise. They might have some veggie options but their menu was really reduced anyway.

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