Jonathan Schofield on BBC Radio Manchester this morning was talking about loads of new restaurants and bars opening in Manchester in the period before Christmas. It's the worst possible time, but plenty of done so, probably by accident and overrun rather than by design.
Here are ten Friday thoughts on Manchester restaurants and bars I haven't been to.
I still haven't been to Cinnabar and Vermilion. I interviewed the owner and hope to pop over in a couple of weeks for a lunch. Strange location though.
I happened to visit a new one called Gastro's Food Hall yesterday, but I first thought it was Castro's, which would have made it Cuban. I just had coffee because they didn't have any hot sandwiches, which is odd really for somewhere trying to be a New York style deli and food hall.
I love Katsouris deli in Manchester. They have a place at Bury market which Stuart Maconie, in his book Pies and Prejudice, reckons would go down a treat in Camden Town. He didn't realise they'd opened one in this magnificent city.
This new Ithaca bar and restaurant still hasn't opened yet. They've had a bit of a run in with church next door. Manchester private members clubs don't work.
Our magazine covered the restaurant scene and the collapses of Establishment and Le Mont, here. Establishment has become Karims, an Asian fusion place with no booze. Not sure about that.
The site at the top of Urbis is a split level bar with much more comfortable furnishings and a more cosy aura, according to Jonathan Schofield anyway. I look forward to it.
I've never had Russian food, but a new place called St Petersburg has opened. There's one in Liverpool that I haven't been to either. Apparently it's a bit like Turkish.
I like Paul Heathcote. His restaurant at Alderley Edge got the most stinging review I've ever seen. Not been myself, but I bet it hurt.
He's also got a new place on New York Street called Grado. It looks very plush and I hope it does well.
Unbelievably, I've never been to The Press Club in Manchester.