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Liverpool's top 10 places to eat out

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Liverpool is a vibrant city with plenty of options when it comes to eating out, however choosing the right place can be a little confusing - especially when a new restaurant opens up every few weeks.

If you're new to the city, it's likely you won't know where to start when it comes to dining out. Luckily we're here to help - so here’s our list for top new and upcoming places to eat in Liverpool.

1. Mowgli Street food

 

Mowgli's tiffin tin food. Image source, Twitter @Mowglistfood

Why: Mowgli is a delightful little Indian street food restaurant that can be found tucked away on Bold Street between the many shops, cafés and restaurants.

Mowgli has a no booking policy, but you will be able to find a place for you and your friends on a weekday and sometimes a weekend.

The food is well priced (i.e. not too expensive) and is served by great waiters in tiffin boxes keeping with true Indian street food style.

The owner of Mowgli is Nisha Katona has a dedicated Youtube channel where she teaches viewers how to make great authentic Indian dishes.  

Recommended dish: Yoghurt chat bombs 

Where: 69 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4EZ

2. Cuthbert's Bakehouse

Cake from Cuthbert's . Image source, Twitter, @Cuthbertsinfo

 

Why: Cuthbert’s bakes the best sweet goods in town. If you’re going to university in Liverpool then you’ll hear about Cuthbert’s over and over again, mainly because the bakehouse is just a minutes walk away from university buildings, and has a great lunch time offer that will have you and your friends returning time and time again.

The French décor and friendly staff make this family run place feel cosy and welcoming.

Don’t forget to pick up a red velvet muffin on your way out and check out the latest and greatest sweet treats they have on offer in the little display window.

Recommended dish: Philly steak hot sub sandwich

Where: 103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5TB

3. Damas

Lebanese food from Damas. Image source, Twitter, @DamasLiverpool 

Why: Serving traditional Lebanese dishes, Damas is a great escape from the norm. Be adventurous and choose something you don’t really understand of the menu - with Lebanese food you won’t get too many unpleasant surprises.

Damas also serves as a shisha bar, which is great entertainment after you’ve had a satisfying meal. The shisha area is located away from the restaurant, meaning you won’t have to smell the shisha while you eat.

Recommended dish: Mansaf (Spicy rice and chicken)

Where: 79 Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 2SJ

4. Etsu

Sushi at Etsu. Image source, @EtsuRestaurant

Why: Etsu serves authentic Japanese food. The menu is gigantic, with the restaurant serving noodles, curry, rice dishes, soups and more. If you're a vegetarian you’ll be spoilt for choice - many of the veggie dishes available in different forms.

Etsu chefs have over 60 years of experience in cooking Japanese food so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

This restaurant is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a fun experience with friends and you’re ready to explore a great Asian cuisine.  

Recommended dish: UNAGI – DON (Grilled eel)

Where: 25 The Strand, Central, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 0XJ

5. Free State Kitchen 

Burger and fries. Image source, Facebook, Free State Kitchen Liverpool 

Why: The Free State Kitchen uses locally sourced produce to make delicious American classics with a twist.

One of the best things about this place is that it’s literally next door to the Liverpool John Moores Aldham Robarts library, which means that after a hard day of studying/writing/chilling out and not doing any work you can then just walk over and get some amazing burgers and wings.

Recommended dish: Double French onion burger

Where: No.1 Maryland St, Liverpool L1 9DE

6. Roja Pinchos 

Pinchos. Image source, Twitter, @RojaPinchos 

Why: The first pinchos bar in Liverpool, Roja Pinchos offers Spanish bites on a stick. This tapas bar is fun and friendly and is a nice twist on the usual dining out. Roja Pinchos holds regular events that allow people to truly experience Spanish produce and Spanish wine.

Recommended dish: Any pincho

Where: 50 Berry Street, Liverpool, L1 4JQ

7. Unit 51 

Healthy food at Unit 51. Image source, Twitter, @Unit51coffee 

Why: If you’re a tech student then you’re going to love this place. Unit 51 is based in the Baltic triangle, which is where the majority of tech companies in Liverpool are operating. The café itself is based in a large unit that also houses smaller shacks where tech entrepreneurs work.

The Unit 51 café is quirky, the staff are very friendly and the food is delicious.

Recommended dish: Halloumi, chorizo & red pepper on ciabatta

Where: Baltic Creative, Jamaica Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 0AF

8. Yard Bird

Yard Bird burger. Image source, Facebook, Yard Bird Liverpool

Why: Yard Bird is a cosy little place that serves big funky American style food. Order yourself an Evil Twin and wash it down with The Bird is The Word, ye. The menu items sound insane and the food provides a crazy experience that constantly challenges what your taste buds know about burgers and fried chicken.  

Recommended dish: Machine gun Funk

Where: 60 Berry St, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4JQ

9. Maray

Maray delicious food. Image source, Twitter, @MarayLiverpool

Why: Maray is a new restaurant that serves great Middle Eastern food. The restaurant has a modern and cool vibe but is tiny. Nonetheless, it’s definitely one to check out with friends, as the cool atmosphere will make you feel lively and will give you something to talk about.

Recommended dish: Whole roast sea bream with cucumber ribbons

Where: 91 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HF

10. The Moon & Pea 

 Healthy salad from the Moon and Pea. Image source, Twitter, @themoonandpea

Why: Getting toThe Moon & Pea for most students could be a great way to explore another vibrant part of Liverpool, especially if you’re based in the city centre. This bistro/café is based near Sefton Park and is usually pretty busy, but once you’re in there you can get your hands on some delicious traditional meat, fish and vegetarian dishes cooked perfectly by their highly skilled chef.  

Recommended dish: Hawaiian gourmet beef burger

Where: 95 Lark Lane, Sefton Park, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 8UP

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