You would have to be living under a rock to have missed my love affair with Vapiano. I first wrote about them when I toured their restaurants in London and I totally geeked out during a recent trip to Berlin, they were EVERYWHERE!
They even have their own Buddy Bear, isn’t he cute? I’ll tell you more about the Buddy Bears in a future Berlin post.
Anyway, back to Manchester, I popped in a few weeks ago as it was a few months since my last visit and I was missing them so much. Their pretty bees and George Orwell quote reminded me why I love this place for honouring my hometown and we sat down with the menus to work out what we hadn’t tried before.
I decided to try something lighter than my normal soup starter and chose the Piatto Anti Pasti. A full plate of sliced meats, fresh bread, pickled vegetables, tomato and garlic topped bruschetta with slithers of gran pedano and the milkiest buffalo mozzarella known to man. At £8.95 for the regular plate, which is pictured above, it was more than adequate for two of us to share as a starter.
Vapiano do incredible, freshly baked pizzas so we couldn’t avoid the cheesy garlic bread to share. It is not for the garlic shy but then, why would you order garlic bread if you were? It is one of those things that you just can’t stop picking at despite being stuffed full.
I always go for the Strawberry Spinach Salad in summertime so I decided to try something different with the Reef n Beef salad. Unfortunately they had run out of salad leaves but they did have spinach so I chose that with the beef and prawn topping. You can pick your own dressing at Vapiano and their ranch dressing is my favourite. They don’t drown the salad either so it remains crisp and lighter on calories. The Reef n Beef is topped with soft chunks of medium rare beef, large juicy prawns and slithers of gran pedano. It is the perfect summer salad and great if you want something lighter during your visit.
Not wanting to move away from tradition, my friend chose the Carbonara with extra chilli. He is the fussiest eater ever which makes Vapiano one of his favourite restaurants as they prepare his food whilst he waits and he can see exactly what goes into it.
We couldn’t manage dessert but did enjoy these Iced Teas with our meal. They are both light and not overly sweet, a lovely none alcoholic option for a summer lunch in their large outside seating area.
My love affair with Vapiano continues, I am hoping to fit in a pudding one of these days.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Vapiano and was not asked to pay for my meal.