Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Manchester
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Tai Pan Manchester

Tai Pan Manchester

Tel: 0161 273 2798
Brunswick House , 81-97 Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 9TX [map] 
1.5 miles (4 mins drive) south of Manchester or 22 mins walk to Manchester Town Hall
8 mins walk to manchester apollo
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Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Manchester - reader comments

"Tai Pan have a fantastic variety of Dim Sum and it's no wonder the place is frequented by lots of Chinese people! Apparently the Dim Sum is made fresh on the premises every morning! It's very, very tasty with a side of soy sauce." - Dezi Donnelly, Manchester 8/5/09 (visited on a Tuesday evening)

"Tai Pan is the most friendly Chinese restaurant that I have been to." - Susanna, Liverpool 3/3/09 (visited on a Sat eve)

"I have been coming to the Thai Pan for the past 7 years whenever I am in Manchester. I have travelled extensively in my life and love eating out. This is most definitely my favourite Chinese restaurant in the world, not just for the food, but also for the friendly warm atmosphere" - Judy, Birmingham 8/6/08 (visited on a Tuesday lunch)

Trusted Reviewer "We visited Tai Pan for lunch on a Wednesday and even then is was quite busy, which is often a good sign, especially as it's a little out of town. Being half-term, there was a large number of families in here, both English and Chinese, and the menu seemed to suit both adults and kids alike. Sitting above an amazing Chinese Cash & Carry, which is open to the public, the restaurant is huge (300 seats) although first impressions remind you of a working man's club.

We were greeted abruptly by a guy at the desk who managed to deal with our request for a table of 4 without even raising his eyes from the paperwork he was reading. Another abrupt waiter escorted us to a table and took our drinks order before we'd even sat down, which hinted that the service was going to be very prompt (not a bad thing when you're on a lunch break). Unfortunately however we'd almost finished the drinks (including a very syrupy cola) by the time he'd returned to take our food order, which again was done abruptly (he apparently wasn't happy with the direction around the table we'd taken and bossily made us start again under his instructions).

The menu is excellent, with many Cantonese and Sichuan specialites, set menu's and offers. There's even a whole section of Ostrich dishes. Two of us ordered a 3 course meal from the Business Lunch card (only £9.45), whilst the other two choose a 3 course meal from the a la carte menu. Again, service was shocking with the two a la carte starters (a huge portion of tasty Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup) arriving, and being finished, a good 5 minutes before the two Business Lunch dishes (an equally large and enjoyable Hot & Sour Soup).

Next to arrive was the shared Dim Sum Platter from the a la carte menu, followed almost ten minutes later by the smaller Special Dim Sum selection from the Business Menu (by this point we were timing everything). Tai Pan is famed for its dim sum and we even bumped into a friend during our visit, who proclaimed he went there almost every week because the lunchtime dim sum special offer was so good. We were not bowled over though, it has to be said, with only two steamed offerings to choose from on the Platter of seven or eight selections (none on the Business selection), we've had much better, and less greasy, in Chinatown. On the other hand though, if you love you dim sum deep fried and crispy, then this is the place for you.

By now, we'd inherited a new waitress who was much friendlier and efficient. The timing of the servings also caught up with each other for the main course, and the quality of the dishes was superb - certainly amongst the best Chinese we've had in Manchester - a statement also mirrored by The Good Food Guide, of which Tai Pan has enjoyed an entry for many years. The Ostrich Steak in Honey & Pepper Sauce (from the a la carte menu) was worth the journey alone, whilst the superb Pork in Szechwan Sauce, highlighted how good value the Business Lunch Menu was. If the service, which should have been a lot more attentive throughout, had matched the quality of the food then we would be proclaiming huge things about Tai Pan. As it is, we'll certainly be returning, next time in the evening ahead of a gig at the nearby Apollo Theatre, to see if it fares any better." - restaurants of manchester 28/5/08 (visited on a wednesday lunchtime)

"I have been going to the Thai Pan since it opened! Even though I now live in Birmingham, every time I go to Manchester I have to pop in for a Dim Sum starter combination... it is the best in the world! I worked in Australia and South Africa and still nothing compares to Tommy (Karaoke King) and the Thai Pan" - Elaine Douglas, Birmingham 22/4/08 (visited on a Thursday evening)

"Brought our two boys to see a band at the Academy and happened to stumble across this restaurant. What a treat. From what should have been a long night waiting for the boys to come out of the concert turned out to be a superb banquet (too much food) but all of high quality. Excellent service, we were asked if we wanted drinks refills as soon as our glasses were empty. Highly recommended" - E Thomas, North Wales 5/2/08 (visited on a Mon evening)

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