Grand Pacific is essentially an extension of Manchester’s funky Pacific Rim hangout Australasia – so look for the striking glass pyramid rising from the pavements of increasingly trendy Spinningfields. Accessed via a secluded staircase, it represents the lighter side of this self-styled ‘contemporary colonial oasis’, with a truncated menu of modern Australian cuisine and modish pan-Asian flavours. Influences from Japan show up strongly in the form of nigiri sushi, sashimi, tempura and black cod roasted in hoba leaf, but also expect Szechuan beef skewers, BBQ lamb cutlets with sour cabbage or hand-dived scallops with belly pork, chilli caramel and cucumber pickle. To finish, ginger and green tea cheesecake sits alongside buttermilk pannacotta. Grand Pacific also boasts a canopied outdoor garden for those who want to sip exotic cocktails and imagine they are far away from Manchester’s financial district.