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If you’ve been missing some of your favourite places, the ones without outside space who haven’t been able to open up in April, then the wait is nearly over.
Here are 17 restaurants you can book a table for right now for after May 17 …
Down at the Albert Dock, Lerpwl was one of the big new restaurant highlights of last year. It didn’t get to stay open long because of restrictions but the Barrie brothers won some fantastic reviews from diners who did manage to get there for its top-notch fresh seafood-lead menu. Watch as we meet Ellis Barrie inside Lerpwl.
Lovers of authentic Italian dishes absolutely swear by Cucina di Vincenzo on Woolton Road. It’s been keeping fans happy with takeaways and a deli of treats but the good news is, although the deli will be closing, it will be back open for indoor restaurant service from May 18. Watch as we meet owner Vince.
The award-winning Spire on Church Road off Allerton Road is another south Liverpool favourite that’s been focused on takeaways during lockdown. That’s coming to an end this weekend in readiness for reopening again indoors on May 19 with a seasonal fine dining menu of modern British and European dishes.
Elite Bistros at home has been a massive hit, but now it’s time to go back to chef Gary Usher’s team in person at Wreckfish on Slater Street. Reservations are open from May 17, it’s got a new menu but don’t worry, the braised featherblade of beef’s still there.
Not just one but two Mowglis for Indian food lovers to choose from once we get to the May 17 landmark – the Bold Street original and the bigger Water Street restaurant. Dreaming of a table by the bird cages for tamarind fries and Himalayan cheese on toast already. Watch as we put your questions to MOWGLI boss Nisha Katona.
This great little Italian on Rose Lane has been doing weekend walk-ins out front, but this weekend will be their last so they can get ready for indoor dining again from May 19. Website bookings are already open, they’re family friendly and do a really top-class Sunday roast too.
Macello’s in West Derby Village and Childwall has been banging out some amazing steaks and burgers
on takeaway during lockdown. It decided not to open its outdoor areas on April 12 but fans will finally be able to get them indoors at the restaurants again from May 17.
Lu Ban at Cains Brewery has been delivering incredible Chinese dishes like its jasmine smoked ribs, all boxed up to home, but the restaurant is so beautiful we’ve missed eating it all in there. It’s reopening from May 20 and brunch with DJs is back from May 22.
The May restriction-easing date isn’t just bringing back all of our old favourites, it’s giving us some new places to try too. Turkish concept restaurant Akasya is opening up on Bold Street, where Giancarlo Ricci used to be, with the promise of contemporary Turkish cuisine including a baklava menu.
Another newbie to look forward to, this time in Liverpool ONE, Mamasan is a modern South East Asian restaurant which, as well as having fresh authentic dishes like black miso cod and Singapore crab fried rice, will have some stunning interiors which are well worth a pic or 40.
Maggie Fu’s is already an institution on Smithdown for Asian street food and its takeaways have been flying out, but now Maggie’s getting a little sister in Liverpool ONE on Hanover Street. Smithdown is currently closed for a facelift but from May 17 it’ll be MF1 and MF2.
We’ve been missing everything about Panoramic while it’s been closed … the fine dining food, the great cocktails and that incredible 34 storeys-high view. The wait for all of them is nearly over though because we can get back to Panoramic from May 20, reservations are open now.
As well as its takeaway McRoski burgers, Roski’s had some sought-after white tableclothed tables out in the sunshine on Rodney Street for the past couple of weeks but now indoor modern British dining is coming back so diners can sample chef Anton Piotrowski’s Michelin star-winning genius in person again.
For steaks and good times, CowShed on Seel Street is a big go-to because anyone who loves beef will absolutely love this place – and it’s got a dedicated espresso martini menu so you can’t ask for more than that. Reopening from May 17 and online bookings are live now.
Tiger Rock is all about Asian street food specialities and its collection takeaways have been going down a storm in lockdown. It’s about to reopen on Smithdown Road and North John Street in the city centre from May 17 so let the crispy shredded chilli beef countdown begin.
Casa Italia is the stuff of legend in Liverpool for lovers of proper classic Italian food. It’s been doing takeaway deliveries and collections over the past few months but now the Stanley Street restaurant is getting ready for reopening from May 17. Table bookings are open online now.
Although Art School is open now serving up small plates, set menus and more in its stunning new Courtyard area, we can’t wait to get back inside the Sugnall Street restaurant for a dining experience like no other.
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