Graduation Season: Where to celebrate with family and friends


It is graduation season. There will be plenty of cheers and, although we hope not, tears as many students graduate this July.

The dreaded hibernation due to your dissertation, exams, essays will be a nightmare of the past for many now as celebrations begin.

So, after taking the mandatory graduation photo taken with your mortar board and gown, where do you go to raise a glass to your future?

Here are some special restaurant deals for graduation celebrations.

Gusto – £10 off Prosecco

Situated within the classic, decorative Elliot House on Deansgate, Gusto’s tall ceilings, central island bar, private dining room and variety of seating areas, make this a grand choice for all occasions. The menu is chic Italian with a variety of good pizza and pasta dishes. Their main courses are a treat too, with their steaks well-suited for wide range of tastes.

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Some of you students will already be acquainted with Zouk. For those who aren’t, this is an Indian restaurant off Oxford Road.

It serves a contemporary take on authentic Pakistani and Indian dishes. You’ll find seafood or steak, korma or karahi, with lots of interesting vegetarian choices too.

A theatre kitchen allows diners to catch all the cooking action, adding to the general buzz. There is a range of tables available – cosy two seaters, booths for sharing or long banquettes for parties.

You might want to take advantage of their new veranda with a city view or go al-fresco in the Sheesha Lounge, complete with exotic Egyptian tobaccos.

Sapporo Teppanyaki – complimentary Prosecco for graduates

For those who like a bit of theatre with their food, this is the spot. Diners sit at one of several communal dining squares, each with a Teppanyaki chef in the centre.

The chef mans a hot cooking grill grate. The culinary theatrics of speed chopping and food flinging make this a fun dining experience. The Japanese menu includes sushi and sashimi. Stir-fried noodle, rice and hot dishes with meat, fish or vegetables are cooked in front of guests.

Don Giovanni – three courses for £28 and complimentary Prosecco

This upmarket Italian restaurant was established in 1984, making it the oldest independently-owned Italian in Manchester.

It recently had a refurbishment to give it a contemporary trendy look.

They have also managed to get Michelin starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli on board to create some dishes. All their pizza and pasta dishes are made on the premises from scratch in true Italian style. This is all done using the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally from Italian and British producers, many based within Manchester. One of the deals you can get this graduation season is a three-course Italian set menu for £28, including a glass of Prosecco.

James Martin Manchester – two courses for £25, three for £30

This is James Martin’s Manchester restaurant. There’s no guarantee he’ll be there of course but here you’ll enjoy classic, seasonally changing menus using the finest local produce. On of their best deals is a two-course set menu for £25. There is also a three-course set menu for £30, plus a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

TNT Food & Drink

Photo Credit: Sapporo

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