Australasia

1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP
Australian, Afternoon Tea

Average

Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Restaurant description

Australasia is a stylish but laidback slice of modern Australian life down under, in the heart of the city. Entered via a glass triangle-shaped pod on Deansgate, this fashionable Manchester restaurant brings modern Pacific Rim-style cuisine to central Manchester.

With influences from Europe, Indonesia, South East Asia and Japan, the Australasia menu features a range of supreme sashimi, nigiri and California rolls as well as light tempura and sizzling delicacies from the robata grill. Amongst the ‘big’ and ‘small’ plates, favourites include sharing robata grills, roasted scallops with sour plum and cucumber pickle or crispy suckling pork belly with pineapple curry. It also offers an array of flavoursome vegetarian and vegan dishes, designed to showcase the very best fresh produce and offer a meat-free alternative to all courses.

For those seeking a midday retreat an extensive lunch menu is available, featuring Bento Boxes with sushi and Asian influenced savoury items followed by beautiful sweet treats and accompanied by flowering teas. Guests can also refresh with a cherry-picked list of sakes and exclusive cocktails are served at the Australasia bar, and cleansing infused water flavours include watermelon, and orange & galangal.

Salford Central Station is a 7-minute walk away and Piccadilly a 15-minute walk away.

Customer reviews for Australasia
4.4
(based on 23 reviews)

96%
of diners recommend this restaurant

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Recommended for

  • entertainment (1)
  • value (1)
  • al fresco (6)
  • afternoon tea (12)
  • private dining (6)
  • views (1)
  • business (4)
  • lunch (13)
  • romantic (11)
  • trendy (14)
  • dinner (12)
  • luxury (11)
  • large parties (2)
  • By Jenny B from Manchester
    16 August 2018

    A beautifully appointed restaurant and not at all dark considering it is subterranean. The service was excellent throughout. We thought the menu was rather confusing although did have guidance. Decided on easy option of Bento Box which was interesting and enjoyable.

  • By Alison B from Stoke-on-Trent
    5 August 2018

    Requested a booth & we were given one, when we asked when being shown to our table. Dishes, well we like the small plate idea a lot ! The oysters were gorgeous, the scallops & the new king prawns. The Asian coleslaw was gorgeous.

  • By Dale W from Manchester
    16 July 2018

    Amazing experience, all the food was excellent. Service was impeccable. Especially nice touch giving my son a glass of champagne for his graduation. Highly recommend the beef sharing board.

  • By Sandra O from Manchester
    22 June 2018

    The experience of an asian high tea was very pleasant and the terrace at Australasia is well worth a visit.

  • By Christopher S from Manchester
    10 June 2018

    Afternoon tea gives an impression of sandwiches and pots of tea, this is more eclectic and some of the offered items are more in sushi style but still very nice. Quite a lot of tasty cakes but not a great choice of teas just 3 or 4 to choose from and a small pot. Interesting and reasonably filling overall.

  • By Sally-ann E from Manchester
    29 May 2018

    A lovely sunny afternoon having afternoon tea & bubbles on the terrace. Relaxed & happy.

  • By Mark W from Manchester
    14 February 2018

    I am loyal and regular customer of Australasia and it's a typically a great place to eat. Unfortunately on this occasion the experience was absolutely woeful. The main issue being at the restaurant we were unceremoniously escorted out again and upstairs, to an entirely separate bar area called "The terrace". There were two other tables and 4 people in the entire place. I politely asked "We eat here all the time, can we eat in the restaurant please?" I was told "There is no chance of this, we are fully booked and you would have been informed you were in the bar". I showed them them the online booking which in no way states this, the member admitted as much as but stated "Nothing we can do". The whole experience was highly unsatisfactorily and my wife was left quite upset by the way her prior to this, favorite establishment treated us

  • By Raj P from Manchester
    9 September 2017

    Still serving up fabulous pan asian fusion food to very high standards. I love the soft shell crab here and the black cod. Great ambience. Great service. Gorgeous staff

  • By Tina H from Manchester
    31 August 2017

    Fab setting, fab food, slight confusion over the offer including glass of champagne, but otherwise very enjoyable. definitely recommended.

  • By Trevor H from Manchester
    29 August 2017

    Excellent Asian high tea

Restaurant Location Map
Australasia
1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP

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