Nautical Inspiration from the Grand Pacific
As it's Nautical week coming up we decided to return to one of our favourite restaurants for a taste of the coast, literally. We visited the Grand Pacific Bar and Garden in Spinningfields, Manchester. We love this sushi haunt, not just for the food but for it's décor too, which is what we looked at in our previous post on this establishment. This time we got to sample their delicious pacific rim inspired menu as well as a cheeky cocktail.
Enter through the front porch and you'd be forgiven for thinking you've been transported to some colonial sushi shack on an ocean view coastline. Palm trees and luscious green hedges encased in a white washed wooden slated terrace greets you at the door. This is the outdoor dining area, with the on-off weather and a slightly chilly breeze in the air we were unsure whether to dine alfresco or take cover indoors, when a polite member of staff advised us to sit outside under their heaters. I was completely not expecting these tiny heaters to give off so much heat and taking you off to some faraway ocean paradise, I even had to swap seats at one point to cool down. The vibe is so chilled out, a plethora of exotic leafy plants hang from nautical rope fixtures creating a soothing tropical living wall. Blue Moroccan and nautical sandy beach inspired cushions are scattered below on the back of seating that lines the whole of the terrace, whilst white washed wicker chairs sit opposite. The hedges create a closed in feeling and you soon forget the hustle and bustle of the city outside.
After being seated it wasn't long before our drinks order was made, I opted for a tall glass of 'Love you Long Time' which consisted of rum, large basil leaves and passion-fruit with a hint of lime and topped with crushed ice, I loved the citrus taste and refreshing concoction perfect for a summer afternoon. The passion-fruit gives a tropical effect against the leafy green of the basil, I really could have been abroad. We ordered 4 dishes from the lunch menu, seared teriyaki beef, Collingwood Dinkies, Crispy fish-cakes and a selection of 3 won-tons. We couldn't fault any of the dishes, the beef was delicious cooked to perfection which was medium rare it came piled up into a pyramid mound with a light dusting of spring onions and sweet soy sauce served on a tiny square banana leaf mat. What I can only describe as miniature pies were divine, the only slight criticism I would give is the size of the fish-cakes but together with the other dishes we were soon full up.
Indoors there is still a beachy colonial feel with the shell chandeliers taking centre stage at the bar whilst classic frames showcased botanical and nautical drawings and diagrams littered the main wall. There has been a slight update however, the seating area which originally featured a collection of stunning white wicker chairs that fanned out like some royal Asian throne have been replaced with a new style to park your bums. Whilst beautiful and really setting the nautical laid back beach scene the original seats were certainly not practical, too large and difficult for the waiters to manoeuvre around. In their place you'll find smaller wicker seating in a deeper finish with what appears to be a faux crocodile seating pad, they look stunning and really compliment the original décor, plus they're comfy too.
Once again the service was impeccable and we're so glad we came back. Thanks to the Business Development Manager Gill for your co-operation and allowing us to use some of your images. For inspiration on how to recreate this beautiful décor check out our look book below, it's all about keeping to the neutral spectrum such as sandy hues and creamy whites then introducing hints of blue hues in the accessories for the nautical element.