“ Address: 43a Brown Street / Manchester M2 2JJ / England „
Hattys is a downstairs restaurant at the top of King street that serves food from around the globe. Ramsay would have a fit because the menu's massive and he always preaches about simplicity, but i tried his cook-along last week and it didn't work so screw him. Plus if the chefs can cope then the more choices the better i say.
As most people would want from any restaurant, this place offers a warm, cosy sort of atmosphere, with dim, romantic lighting and mellowed out music to accompany your meal. They could quite easily squeeze in a swooning violinist, an obese Argentinian gangster being fed shrimp by half a dozen ladies, an English family of brats and so on, and none would seem out of place as the restaurant does seem to have kind of a cosmopolitan feel. With food that would cater for any culture.
The prices are reasonable too, with lunchtime and early evening special offers available. As it is in a basement i'd say that it is better to pay a visit outside of summer, when the evenings are dark anyway. I don't know about you but i kind of feel trapped when it's bright outside and i'm in a dusk-lit cellar.
Of the few times i've been here the portions have always been plentiful and the meat-sauce combination spot on, except for the one time i paid a visit for lunch and ordered a burrito which looked like a tiny, puss-ridden slug. Sorry. If it had been based purely on my evening experiences it would have been 5 stars no doubt.
I went here once with a bunch of people from work and was pleasantly suprised about how good it was. The place itself is actually quite tricky to find, it is tucked away in a side street in the basement of a building.
When you walk in you are directed to a lounge area where you wait to be shown to your table, in the mean time you order your drinks and start supping straight away.
Once shown to your table, the lighting is dim enough to create atmosphere but not so much as to leave you blind, and the chairs are nice and comfy.
The food is excellent, we all ended up trying each others food for comparison and it was all very good.
I particularly enjoyed the Ribs starter and the Ribs main course, and I also liked the loaded potato skins I nicked off someone elses plate.
The desserts were also excellent although the portions weren't as big as I would have liked.
We all left there bloated and sated and happy having chosen that place for our scoff.
Very good night out.
Panama Hattys (Manchester) is a restaurant located on Brown Street in Manchester City Centre. (Just off King Street). It's easy to miss this place as its located in the basement of a large building. The entrance to the restuarant has an illuminated Panama Hattys sign above the doorway.
This is a hidden gem of a restaurant which I've visited on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed.
Once you enter the restaurant you are taken to the lounge bar and a drinks order is taken. (A cocktail and wine menu is provided with a large variety on offer.) The lounge is made up of a number of different seating (Setees, wicker chairs etc)
Once your table is ready you are taken through along with your drinks by your waiter. The main restaurant is divided up into a number of segments and you don't feel as though your sat on top of the person sat next too you. It is dimley lit with a number of red wall lights which overhang each table.
The menu consists of a wide variety of dishes from around the world and there is something for everyone. Examples of starters are "Hot N sticky shrimps", "Thai Fish cakes" & my own personal favourite "Panama Super Sampler" a mixture of starters to share. Ideal if you are the sort of person who can't decide what to order. Starters are normally around the £6 mark and £10 for a "Platter".
The main courses again consist of a number of different varities examples of which are - Sizzling Faitas (Served to you on a hot plate), Burritos, Steaks with a choice of sauces, Caribbean Jerk Pork and A full rack of slow roasted ribs. (Had these a couple of times and they were excellent, hardly any bones) Main courses are priced around £10 to £14.
The dessert menu is quite substantial and includes a full range of Ben & Jerrys ice creams. (Around £4 for two scoops) Other desserts include "Melted Chocolate Fudge Cake", a selection of sundaes and my favourite Warm Belgian waffles served with hot caramel sauce and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Desserts are priced around £5.
Once you've finished your meal you can return to the bar/lounge for further drinks. (You don't feel you are being rushed out of the restaurant to clear your table for the next diners)
I've visited Panama Hattys around 5 or 6 times and everytime I've been I've been impressed by the service which has always been very smooth and curtious, although the main reason you come back for more is the quality of the food which is excellent.
As a price guide for a three course meal including drinks you are looking at around £60, which taking into account the surroundings, service and most importanty the quality of the food is a resonable price to pay.