Another visit to Exchange Lounge

I’ve been to this place many times in the past, and one thing I like is that they keep updating their menu, to give you more reasons to pay them another visit (good thing is they’ve kept my favourite dessert, but we’ll talk about that later).

Let’s talk about the things that are worth the visit, and a couple of dishes you can skip.


Lunch at Exchange Lounge in Portland Street, Manchester

Halloumi fries and spicy BBQ chicken wings

I saw their halloumi fries on their Instagram feed and instantly knew I had to try them. They’re pretty much everything you’d expect them to be: crispy on the outside, thick and juicy on the inside. My only comment would be towards the sauce, because I wish it had had just a little bit more flavour, but it was alright. It doesn’t take away from the fact that the fries were perfect.

The chicken wings, on the other side, were not my favourite. I thought the spiciness ended up hiding a bit of the BBQ flavour, so I wish the latter was a bit stronger to overcome that. The chicken itself was juicy, but the skin could have been crispier. I’d skip these next time. Just go for the halloumi fries.



Lunch at Exchange Lounge in Portland Street, Manchester

Pulled pork bao

One thing I have to say I noticed, specially compared to my last visits, is that this time the service was quite slow. I’m not sure if it’s because it was pride weekend (even though the place wasn’t packed or anything) so it’s something to keep in mind if you go.

We both ordered the weirdest combo of mains and sides. Think a bao, chicken curry, onion rings and cheesy garlic bread.

I don’t even know what were we thinking when we ordered that, but I’m glad to say 3/4 went great, so I’ll call that a win!

The bao was good (you can’t compare it to the bao I had in Madrid, though. But it’s a completely different concept!). The pulled pork was very tasty, and the tempura veggies on the side were absolutely amazing. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re not in the mood for their burgers.

The onion rings were superb, and Gabs couldn’t stop eating the cheesy garlic bread so either (or both!) are a great choice for your visit.

I’d say, with Exchange Lounge, my rule would be: if it’s fried, it’s probably good. If you go with that in mind, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

I say this because Gabs had some chicken curry that was alright. Nothing spectacular, so maybe save the room for dessert if you’re thinking of getting that.

And speaking about dessert…



Lunch at Exchange Lounge in Portland Street, Manchester

My absolute favourite: Chef Chris’ chocolate brownie

I know it seems very lame of me to say that my favourite dessert is their chocolate brownie, but you won’t understand my love for it until you try it!

The chocolate flavour is so rich and delicious, and the brownie itself is so thick, I just can’t resist eating the whole thing by myself. It’s a good thing that Gabs had the Bakewell tart for himself, because I surely didn’t want to share.

The tart was fine, and the top was flaky and delicious, but to me it just doesn’t compare to the yumminess of that extra chocolate-y brownie. If you’re not into chocolate that might be for you, though! I just can’t relate to that #sorrynotsorry


Overall, I’d call this visit a success. If you’re in the mood for some crispy fried goodness, definitely pay them a visit keeping these comments in mind. I think there’s something in their batter that makes this their strong point. And don’t forget to save some room for that dessert!

Thank you so much to the Exchange Lounge team and to you guys for reading me. I hope you’re having a good week so far.






  1. September 12, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    Wowzers! I’ve never visited here but the food looks delicious and enormous portions! No good for watching your weight but as a treat – your photos have me drooling

    • Michelle
      September 16, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Definitely not good for your waistline, but it’s good for the soul every once in a while 😉

  2. Lauren
    September 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    You had me at halloumi fries and chocolate brownies!! I’ve never even heard of this place but I definitely will check it out 🖤

    • Michelle
      September 16, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      If you enjoy fried food, then you should definitely give it a go 🙂

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