Jamboree, Manchester City Centre

Based close to Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, this “Foodfest” and bar offers a variety of dishes and drinks from “around the world” and has a great atmosphere perfect for visiting as a group. Overall rating – 7.5/10.

A few weeks ago I was in Manchester with a group of friends on a Saturday evening, staying over near Piccadilly Gardens and we hadn’t booked anywhere for food. We walked passed Jamboree where there was a sign outside saying “Bottle of house wine £10” which instantly hooked me (of course)! We glanced at the menu and there was something for everyone so in we went.

The atmosphere here is quite casual and lively, perfect to go with a group of friends! There is a large bar area, going into more of an open dining area where there are  Foosball tables and other games. They also have happy hour on drinks too 3pm – 7pm every day, and we timed it just right! The offers are on bottles of wine (£10 – £15), 2 bottles of beer £6, 2 cocktails £12 and £20 for a bottle of prosecco.

Food wise to start, Jamboree offers a handful of “small dishes” inspired by cuisine from various countries which are priced at £6.95, or you can choose 2 small dishes for £15.95.  These include dishes such as; Lamb Kofte (Turkey), Crispy Calamari (Japan) and Paneer Tikka (India) just to name a few. My obvious choice was the Paneer because if you put Paneer in front of me on a menu I WILL choose it, being a massive cheese lover and all that! I really enjoyed it, it had just the right spice to it, was a decent portion and served with a yogurt sauce, yum yum! We also tried the Lamb Kofte which was delicious, and the Croquetas de Jamon served with smoked garlic & paprika alioli.  All starters are served with a decent side salad, great portion size and everyone enjoyed them!

For main meals there is a choice of Burgers, Grill dishes, and a mixture of other dishes such as Salads, Ribs, Pasta Bake etc, and there is also a small Children’s Menu. We all decided to dig into the burgers. Two of us went for the Morris Major; 100% Scottish Beef, mature British cheddar, treacle onion relish & chubby chips. I thought this was a decent burger, tasty and filling, it did the job. We also ordered a side of “homemade” coleslaw. Not sure if it was homemade or Asda made, but it was fine!

Two others went for the Raging Bull; 100% Argentinian beef, chimichurri sauce & smokey onion rings (apart from there was no onion rings that day 😦 but they did substitute this for chips), also served with a chilli pepper on top! No complaints about these burgers either, everyone was happy with their mains, and the service was great too!

As well as trying out a few starters and mains, a few beers and a house bottle of wine (just for me), between us we also tried some espresso martinis – always good! And the Sticky Toffee pudding with ice cream, which was decent, not the best I have had, but I have tried a lot of them in a lot of places, but yes it was still good.

So our Saturday evening in Manchester kicked off with some great food and drinks here within a decent atmosphere, therefore I’d recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere fairly casual for some mostly decent grub and a few drinks, especially during happy hour. For their full menu check out the website here.

Looking for more places to eat in Manchester that I would recommend? How about the Allotment Bar & Restaurant in Northern Quarter? Or for an amazing breakfast go to Federal Cafe.

Happy munching 🙂 

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