Unlike anywhere else in Manchester, Walrus flawlessly bridges the gap between urban chic and offbeat eccentricity to create something so fresh and fantastic, it’s almost painful.
Situated on High Street, juxtaposed between the epicentre of the Northern Quarter and the Arndale retail outlet, Walrus is in a prime position opposite one of the major city centre parking lots and near Shude Hill tram and bus stations. The decor is bright and psychedelic, with purple and mint dotted wallpaper, up-lit rock tables and murals occupying some of the walls. The mixture of psychedelic and Oriental furnishings create a very dreamlike environment.
On first glance the restaurant appears a little stark and clinical but this feeling wears off when you speak to the very warm and accommodating staff, who even go to the trouble of using an app on their phone to find out the name of a track playing through the speaker system. Walrus appeals to a number of people, but particularly the creative professionals who live and work in the Northern Quarter. However, thanks to the quality and quantity of this venue, it should appeal to a whole lot more.
Lunch times at Walrus are a serious affair, but incredibly reasonably priced to boot. From 12-5pm, Monday to Friday, they offer the bento lunch meal with a choice of sea (fish), field (meat) or garden (vegetable). With the field menu, you get a lovely succulent chicken and pork gyoza in a crispy batter with sweet and spicy sauce, a creamy and beautifully spiced yellow curry and organic steamed rice with a modest sprinkling of onion seeds. All of this is beautifully presented in a compartmentalised bento box. Along with the meal there is an option to have a side of prawn crackers for just £1, and for this you get crackers and wasabi nuts.
If you just want something hot, the coffee is some of the best in the area, it has perfect crema and a rich aroma. If you want something colder, with a bit of zip, then choose one of the many cocktails on offer, including the Mojito, which will be produced to your exact wishes; sweet, sour, bitter, you name it, and it only costs £6. Between Tuesday and Friday, from 4pm-7pm, they offer two-for-one on all cocktails. For something a little different try the Ice Pop - a blend of apple vodka, Limoncello, passion fruit and raspberry, or the 3-2-1 Boom, which blends refreshing summer berries with gin.
The Last Word
With fantastic service, stunning design and equally good food, Walrus deserves to prosper.