This article is written by our guest author Beverley Moore.
If the concepts ‘Asian wonderland’ and ‘Miles Platting’ seem an unlikely pairing, you’ve clearly not yet discovered Vermilion. Created as a destination in its own right, Sports City’s Vermilion is one of Manchester’s most breathtaking restaurants. Together with its upstairs bar, Cinnabar, it promises decadence, escapism, and exclusivity.
As you make your entrance between the twin lion statues, it’s immediately obvious that no expense has been spared. Warm reds and oranges invite you into an elegant interior that combines ultra modern architectural features with stunning pieces of Asian art, both antique and contemporary. Upstairs in the futuristic Cinnabar, you can sip champagne cocktails whilst reclining amongst the cushions of a luxurious cocoon bed.
In charge of the menus is Chumpoi Jangprai, one of Thailand’s most respected chefs. Royal Thai, Indian and Asian fusion dishes are available both à la carte and on a wide selection of set menus. Ingredients are fresh, and locally-sourced where possible. More exotic items are flown in directly, and include ocean tiger prawns straight from the Bay of Bengal and Nile perch fresh from Lake Victoria.
At the top of the set menu range, the indulgent Maharaja’s Table starts with caviar heart kisses accompanied by a glass of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, takes you through Ocean tiger prawns to Pacific oysters with a classic lime and garlic sauce, then offers a choice of salmon marinated in Thai herbs; lobster with herbs, spices and black truffle sauces; spicy roast duckling with noodles, or asparagus with shitake mushrooms, before finishing with tiramisu served with a champagne strawberry sauce and white chocolate ice cream.
For something slightly less decadent, there’s the Friday-only Feel Good menu. Nutritionally-approved dishes, free range ingredients and ethical brands, all served with a complimentary glass of organic wine, free-flowing green tea, and a Vermilion donation to UNICEF.
There’s also a short but well-chosen early-bird menu, offering tasty dishes such as grilled Barbary duck breast salad and roasted herbs, served with chicory petals, and stir-fried rice noodles and tiger prawns with tamarind sauce, chives and bean curd.
Desserts are no less indulgent. Amongst other treats are white chocolate cheesecake, coconut rice pudding, and fruit salad served with wild honey and raspberry sauce.
Menus are designed to suit a variety of pockets. The Sunday buffet is just £12.99 per person; the early bird menu offers three courses for £15, and evening set menus start at £20. Most à la carte mains are between £10 and £15, and a Maharaja’s Table feast will cost you £59 a head.
Vermilion is close to the City of Manchester Stadium, 10 minutes from the city centre. With 300 parking spaces, it’s perfect for large parties. Whether you’re looking for an exotic escape or simply want to test out the restaurant’s claim that its Kang Keiaw Kai is the best Thai Green Curry outside Bangkok, then – unlikely as it sounds – Miles Platting is the place to go.