Australasia – Subterranean Spinningfields Chic
After each of my (several) visits to Australasia, my opinion of Living Ventures bars and restaurants are consistently reinforced. One receives a solid theme which never fails to deliver. Australasia’s theme is the often poorly executed: ‘where to take your soon-to-be high-maintenance girlfriend on a first date’ theme.
Located at Number 1, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Australasia’s the G-Spot of Manchester’s W.A.G circuit. Australasia’s calming neutral furnishing matched with tranquil, coral-reef finishing is captivating. The attention to aesthetic detail running through the fixtures and fittings, to the glassware and crockery is wonderful, although “art” consisting of tiny fish with a knife (no, really) was odd.
Australasia’s bar itself has elegantly tall, stylishly lit, well-stocked shelves all kept spotlessly clean. The trendily minimal menus list drinks which all sound sexy and exotic – think lychees, hibiscus flowers and girly purees. I loved the swapping of Prosecco for Australian sparkling Chardonnay and oriental curioustities like jasmine foam and galangal.
Australasia provides healthy, small portioned, sharp flavoured, beautifully presented food to peck at; paired with light, citrusy, floral cocktails crafted from premium products. These are good things. Unfortunately, the clientèle are similarly small portioned, beautifully presented, citrusy and floral – giving a slightly obnoxious atmosphere – sometimes rubbing off on the otherwise well-organised staff.
Australasia Review Summary
Atmosphere 8/10 Cost 4/10 Quality 10/10 Service 8/10