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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published February 27th 2013
Luxe slice of Australia

Places like Australasia make me feel good. Pretension and liquor is rife in the air, but it's nice to sashay into this exclusive bar that boasts the coolest entrance on Deansgate. You enter through a slanted-roofed glass walkway that leads you to the underground bar/restaurant. It reeks of wealth and money – you will see local footballers and a few television stars in here, so dress the part. No-one likes too many pictures though; it's too classy a venue for that.

Drinks are pricey, but exciting, so I recommend visiting on/after pay day.

Martini, drink,
Rose and lychee martini

You must book ahead for guaranteed entrance, otherwise you won't get in. I've seen people get turned away because of they hadn't called ahead of turning up.

It's swanky, shiny and has a classy charm that gives light to the amount of local celebrities in attendance.

The music is average - a mix of chart and dance hits played by resident DJ's, but it's not a place you go to dance and spend your whole night. No, I advise you to visit if you want a good drink, lush surroundings, and are happily to while away a few hours here before heading out.

The food, the atmosphere, the service. All were divine. It is a very clean place - not the sort of swanky but kind of edgy scruffy, but expensive and they know it. The staff are professional and will explain about how the food is cooked if you enquire, but they aren't there to chit chat and have people to serve.

Australasia's restaurant menu comprises of a cuisine than is a mix of Australian, South East Asian, and Indonesian flavours. For example the pan fried ocean trout fillet with quinoa and miso micro garden and Powder pink meringues with buttermilk cream and rosewater ice-cream

We tried the sushi: Loch Duart salmon, Tasmanian kingfish and seared teriyaki beef. It isn't the best sushi in town, but it is a damn good effort, simply because the quality of the fish is very good. You could say that's the reason it's so pricey, but it's the whole experience that makes you part with your cash so easily.

We weren't keen on the desserts, they were fine, tasty, but you know when a place does their mains better than their desserts? But credit where credit's due.

Australasia, as the name suggests in an anomaly; they mix cultures to create an exclusive experience. They are keen to create a successful brand though, and if you're flush enough to buy into it, and lucky enough to become a member then cool, it's a relaxed environment, but not an everyday lunch time venue. Then again, if you're doing well drop that cash and lunch in Manchester's finest restaurant.
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Why? Because it's nice to live the luxe lifestyle
When: From Midday
Phone: 0161 831 0288
Where: In front of Armani
Cost: From £40 pp
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