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With so many Liverpool restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to miss a few, so to give you a go-to list to get you excited for eating out in the New Year, here are places you must eat at in Liverpool City Centre in 2022 …
When four of Liverpool’s most talented chefs – headed up by The Art School’s Paul Askew – get together to open a restaurant, you know it’s going to be something special. Barnacle on the mezzanine of Duke Street Market was launched in November by Paul, Bone and Block’s Harry Marquart and chefs Kieran Gill and Jake Lewis, focusing on contemporary cooking and locally-sourced organic dishes inspired by our city’s maritime history.
Lerpwl at the Albert Dock is another great restaurant which thrives on local produce and sustainably-sourced seafood, including Menai oysters and Anglesey crab. Created by the Liverpool-born Barrie brothers, Ellis brings plenty of flair and some celebrity chef magic to Lerpwl’s seasonally-changing chef’s, taster and Sunday sharing menus – he was North West champion on BBC’s Great British Menu and one of the chefs on the revamped Ready Steady Cook.
Set 300 feet above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is one of the UK’s highest restaurants. This celebrated fine dining restaurant offers breath-taking 360° views of the iconic River Mersey, and beyond. And if that wasn’t enough, the food is pretty spectacular too. The ever-changing menu changes daily based on what ingredients are in season and the clever, European inspired dishes taste every bit as good as they look.
If a trip to Sicily isn’t on the cards for 2022, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on authentic Sicilian food because Carlisi on Dale Street is serving it up from brunch to late-night spritzes. There’s panini and focaccia for lunch, street food, a bruschetta bar, charcuteria which is made for sharing, and some unbelievable sweet filled cannoli which you’ll probably want to keep all to yourself.
French food doesn’t have to be super-fancy, some of the best is more rustic and bistro-style. That’s what Bouchon on Derby Square really does well. Imagine you were wandering down a little back street in an outlying quarter of Paris, this is the kind of place you’d be happy to come across, order a bourguignon, a tarte tatin and a bottle of vin rouge and pass a few hours.
There are some restaurants in Liverpool where you can always be certain of getting the best quality food, beautifully presented and in lovely surroundings. Under the genius guidance of chef Gary Usher, Wreckfish on Seel Street is definitely one of those. The braised featherblade of beef has become a signature, but really nothing will disappoint and there’s two and three course set menu options which are good value.
Family-run Maggie Fu’s has been one of the worst kept secrets in south Liverpool for ages, pulling in crowds to its Smithdown Road restaurant for the delicious Asian street food. But now the salt and pepper chicken and ramen bowls that everyone loves are flying out in the city centre too because Maggie’s opened a twin on Hanover Street in Liverpool ONE in spring 2021.
Live music, fantastic small plates and cocktails – that’s the kind of hattrick we can get behind. The Pen Factory on Hope Street has all three in a really relaxed basement space that’s perfect for a meet-up with friends, especially if you’re heading to the Everyman next door. The deli can sort a tasty lunch and Pen Factory’s Sunday brunch, with live music, is made for shifting hangovers.
One Gino’s was never going to be enough in Liverpool (he’s a popular lad that Gino), so there’s now a second one at INNSiDE by Melia on Old Hall Street. It’s a big open plan restaurant serving traditional Italian dishes, often tweaked from old family recipes. Don’t miss the 360 Sky Bar on the 17th floor where you get a side of spectacular skyline with your cicchetti.
The partners behind much-loved The Little Shoe on Bold Street are opening a new restaurant in the Baltic Triangle, showcasing their passion for locally-sourced seasonal fresh food. Based in a converted warehouse on Watkinson Street, off Jamaica Street, Manifest will be a modern British restaurant and bar offering small plates, large plates and a bar snacks menu.
Over on Exchange Flags, head for the black cat signage and you’ll find the stylish open-plan El Gato Negro which specialises in tapas and has an outdoor heated patio area for al fresco eating. Fish fans will love the salt cod fitters, and a twist on a traditional gambas classic – prawns with caramelized onions and peppers in garlic sauce.
Gordon Ramsay’s modern European restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is expected to launch at Liverpool ONE this year, occupying a 6,000 sq ft space on Paradise Street just next door to Browns and opposite John Lewis.
The menu will feature all the classic Bread Street Kitchen dishes ranging from Gordon Ramsay’s signature Beef Wellington to Butter Chicken curry and the Hells Kitchen burger, ensuring customers can experience a wide variety of British and international cuisines.
Chef patron Paul Askew’s award-winning fine dining restaurant just off Hope Street is always a top class experience – a beautiful building, the best locally sourced ingredients, immaculate service and a team of absolute genius chefs. The main Lantern dining room has a choice of set menus to really indulge yourself with.
It may have only been 7 years since Nisha Katona opened her first restaurant, but the Mowgli family has grown with careful consideration to include two sites in Liverpool, two in Manchester, plus restaurants now right across the UK. It all started here though and that’s why you need to visit one of the Mowgli sites in Liverpool either on Bold Street or Castle Street.
Home to six delicious food kitchens, a bar, terrace, coffee shop and new restaurant Barnacle, Duke Street Market really is the place for foodies to hang out in 2022. You’ll find menus from the likes of Liverpool favourite Cucina di Vincenzo’s, Bone and Block, Kelp, Ginger, Big Lola’s Taquera and Cahita. Ordering has never been easier, scan the QR code and you can order multiple items from different vendors, delivered to your table in moments.
At Röski Restaurant, you can enjoy fine dining in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere with MasterChef: The Professionals’ Winner Anton Piotrowski and his team behind the stove. Expect beautiful, creative cooking, exceptional drinks, and some of the best service in the city.
With its menu inspired by the Tianjin region of China, Lu Ban has become one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Executive Chef Dave J Critchley and his team develop Lu Ban dishes with an inventive culinary passion, respectful of Chinese food culture and traditions which can be enjoyed on the intimate Chef’s Table, in one of the many private dining rooms or simply in the laid back main restaurant.
The GPO is brand new to Liverpool and is located inside Metquarter, offering up a huge range of different cuisines and drinks. It’s the biggest food hall in Liverpool, and features 12 independent food and drink vendors, celebrating the best in local food and drinks. Starting with breakfast and going right through to late night drinks, you can sample more than 400 different dishes in a huge 11,000 sq ft space seating up to 300.
See what’s on the menu here.
Mamasan bar and brasserie offers a unique dining experience, which combines fresh South East Asian flavours, created in-house and taken to the next level by the best of British produce. Add in gorgeous interiors, a stunning roof terrace and DJs, and it’s set to become Liverpool’s must-go destination restaurant for early brunching through to late night dining and dancing.
Sanskruti is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant based on Bixteth Street offering authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant has everything you could want, from poppadoms and pickles to street food and a full thali. One of their favourite vegan dishes is the Kathal Lazeez which is a delicious jackfruit curry.
With three sites in the city, Maray has become hugely popular since it first opened on Bold Street back in 2014, it features cocktails and small plates, with influences from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa. We all know that the Disco-Cauliflower is an absolute must but the rest of the menu will have you salivating and sure to come back for more. Check Maray out on the Albert Dock, Allerton Road and of course, Bold Street.
Castle Street is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and one of them has to be Bacaro which serves up delicious pastas, pizzettes and charcuterie to perfection. Different to some of the other restaurants listed above as Bacaro focuses on small plates giving guests the chance to indulge in lots of different dishes each time they visit.
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.
The Courtyard has been brought to us by the same creatives behind Liverpool’s Royal Court. This isn’t just your normal theatre ‘add-on’ though, this is a restaurant that’s capable of being a destination in it’s own right. The menu is varied and offers great quality small plates, light bites, platters and delicious sides that are perfect for sharing with a group, while the bar menu is full of tasty dishes for picking while enjoying a drink.
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