Liverpool: A Foodie Revolution?

There are a few reasons why Liverpool has been rated as one of the best places for graduates to move to post-university…

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The night life is regarded as one of the liveliest scenes in the country, drinks can be very cheap and, most importantly, the average price of monthly rent is amongst the most affordable in the country. What you might not hear about is the stellar array of restaurants that open on a near monthly basis in the city. I’ve spent my fair share of time up North, but will admit to never having visited Liverpool before, all I’d heard was the stereotypes and not many of them were positive. So, when I heard the news that, thanks to it’s legendarily affordable rent, Liverpool had a burgeoning foodie scene that would make boroughs of London envious, I thought I’d take the train up to the Mersey to see what all the fuss was about.

My first experience of how cheap Liverpool could be came when I booked my Airbnb – I had to double check that I’d booked 3 nights rather than just the one – and then realised that my budget for eating out had just grown significantly. I had a few days to fill and a voracious appetite, still I left not eating at all the places that I’d wanted to visit – but there’ll always be next time!

Mowgli

 

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First launched in 2014 by former barrister Nisha Katona, Mowgli found its feet on the hugely popular Bold Street, quickly becoming a firm favourite amongst local diners, and it’s not hard to see why. Indian street food is the order of the day here and it comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes. Yogurt chat bombs, cute rice puffs packed with creamy yogurt and with a kick of chilli and pomegranate are quickly consumed, before I move onto a lunch tiffin menu for one, a filling but thoroughly delectable treat that leaves me more than satisfied. I’m unsurprised when the hip waiter informs me that locations have also opened in Manchester, Cardiff and Oxford, to name but a few.

Oktopus

 

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For dinner, I find myself wandering down an oddly industrial back alley off Hardman Street to discover one of the trendiest eateries I’ve seen in a while. An open kitchen, now becoming more of a cliche than an innovation, is home to a handful of chefs diligently plating up and the menu features such delights as their ‘popcorn mussels” (delectable crisp bites with an acidic mayo). Other than these curios, however, the rest of the menu leaves a lot to the imagination, so I’m constantly surprised as ‘Fennel, pea & mint’ is a riotous plate of joy and ‘Confit duck leg & yellow beans’ turns out to be massively more than the sum of its parts.

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My last dinner is also one to write home about and should be noted as the first (and probably only) time that a cauliflower has mad me laugh out loud. When Maray first opened it was derided as being a bit too ‘cool for school’. Scousers took offence to what they saw as over-priced falafels and cocktails, since then though, the restaurant has built itself a reputation for serving interesting food that puts fresh ingredients front and centre of every bite. More power to them, I say, as the aforementioned ‘Disco Cauli’ rocks my world harder than any vegetable has a right to and I’m left floored by the falafels that received such a drubbing when it first opened.

Believe the hype. Liverpool has become a landmark foodie destination that deserves a visit from any respectable grub-lover.

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