Amateur adventurer, food lover and freelance writer. Peace.
Published May 19th 2016
Devilishly good dim sum in Ancoats
Glamorous Chinese Restaurant on Oldham Road in Ancoats might not seem so glamorous when you first arrive at the veritably monstrous complex that is the Wing Yip Manchester oriental superstore and attached restaurant building. With its multi-storey concrete car park and semi-industrial surrounds you might be forgiven for wondering if you're at the right address. But this Cantonese style restaurant is the real deal if you're looking or an authentic Chinese meal, particularly if you are, like me, quite fond of dim sum.
The first thing you may notice is the over-the-top red, yellow and gold decor. Or perhaps the loud, bustling atmosphere if you've arrived at peak time. Either way, once you're greeted by a member of staff you won't be able to miss the no-nonsense, if a little blunt, style of service. But don't worry, this is all part of Glamorous' charm and it all adds to the thoroughly authentic experience of eating here. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Our party of three was seated immediately and a waiter was round to take our drinks order within minutes. Not more than five minutes later the drinks were on our table and our food order was taken. And about five to ten minutes after that the food began to arrive. Nothing like efficiency to whet the appetite.
On the food: it is fabulous. Everything that arrived on our table was obviously freshly fried or steamed, bursting with flavour and generous in portion size. They don't skimp on ingredients here either; the prawn rice flour rolls, for example, were filled with large, succulent prawns that were perfectly steamed. And the pork and prawn dumplings were possibly the biggest I've ever seen. But most importantly for me, the flavours were authentic - I could have been sitting in a restaurant in Hong Kong for all my taste buds knew.
Sponge cake for dessert
If you've never tried dim sum, don't let the small plates deceive you - it's filling. And the sweetener in the deal? The wonderful culinary experience was cheap as chips - the bill for three of us, including soft drinks, was under £30.
Parking is a breeze at Glamorous Chinese Restaurant with the multi-storey car park being free to use for restaurant patrons and shoppers alike. After eating why not visit the oriental store to pick up some ingredients and whip up your own Chinese dishes at home? They offer a free magazine with recipes included.