Amazing Italian Tapas at San Carlo Fumo


I've decided I want to start mixing up the posts here on Couture Girl and because lifestyle posts are some of my favourites to read, I decided they'd be a good place to start. I'm often going out for lovely meals with family, friends or my boyfriend, so I thought it'd make sense to start sharing the yummy restaurants I visit here on my blog. I'm currently living in Manchester so if you live here or visit often, you might find this interesting. If not, I hope you still find seeing where I've been and the delicious food I've been eating somewhat interesting.



I recently went to San Carlo Fumo which is a relatively new restaurant in Manchester for a yummy meal with my boyfriend and his parents. Matt and I have actually been before but we didn't really understand the concept the first time around as its not your standard italian restaurant. Fumo is different in the respect they offer italian tapas - smaller dishes that are perfect for sharing. I love this concept as I'm one of those people who always wants to have a selection of things to try rather than one meal. Whenever I go out for food I always end up getting various starters and sides just so I have a few things to pick at but this can be pricey which isn't ideal. However, because the portions are slightly smaller than average at Fumo, the price also reflects this meaning you can have more without breaking the bank.

Before I talk about the food I just have to mention how gorgeous the restaurant itself is. As you can see from my photos, the interior design is beautiful. The ceiling and bar is covered with stunning lights and the tables all have marble surfaces and comfy leather chairs. There's a great atmosphere too - music playing, waiters that can't do enough to help out topped off by the amazing food and drink.


As I'm sure you can see from my photos, the food looked amazing but also tasted amazing too. I wish technology allowed you to taste through a computer screen - can you imagine! To start we decided to get some bread and olives and a sharing platter of calamari and king prawns with dips. The portions were huge and it was more than enough to share between the four of us and it tasted delicious. I only recently started eating calamari as I know how awful it can be when it's overcooked and chewy but this was cooked perfectly - beaut!


For our main, we all decided to pick two dishes we liked the sound of from the menu and then share so there would be something everyone liked but also the opportunity to try new things we wouldn't normally choose ourselves. I chose king prawns in a tomato and chilli sauce and a vegetarian asparagus pasta which were both delicious. We also had sliced fillet steak with garlic, lamb with a herb crust, a pork dish, spaghetti bolognase, scallops and some honey glazed sweet potato chunks. It may sound like a bit of a random mixture but I loved being able to try so many different kinds of food. I don't normally eat lamb or pork but they were both lovely so it was great to step out of my 'chicken and prawns' comfort zone haha!

 

We washed the meal down with some lovely white wine and amazing cocktails and for dessert we had a sharing plate with lots of mini cakes, strawberries and ice cream. It looked so beautiful! We had a really great night and it was something a bit different to a standard meal which was fun. I'd definitely recommend paying Fumo a visit next time you're in Manchester or if you live here and I'll definitely be going back very soon!


Have you ever visited this restaurant? Do you like the idea of Italian tapas? 

22 comments

  1. Loved this post! I also really enjoy reading lifestyle posts so would love to see more from you. The food here looks so good!

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  2. I am such a nosy person and love the different kinds of foods from all I've the food!! Food looks delicious!


    Candice Beauty Candy Loves

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  3. Ooo my fella and I keep walking past here meaning to book. I'll have to send him the post as a hint, haha! I love about 5 mins away but always forget about it. The desserts look incredible!

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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  4. Amazing post! I love the idea of you introducing more lifestyle posts as without this sounding totally creepy I'm always interested in where you go and what kinds of things you get up too especially in Manchester which is a place I'd like to go to and experience things there one day! The food here looks absolutely delicious too and the interiors is definitely a bloggers dream! :) xx

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  5. I love this place, I can never decide what to have ! so many good choices, absolute food porn makeupyourmindel.blogspot.com x

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  6. This food looks incredible! I recently started mixing some lifestyle posts in with my beauty ones too, and I'm really enjoying writing them!

    lillies and lipbalm
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  7. Tapas make my heart sing! I just came back from Spain and I am craving some right about now hahha x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  8. Yum! Everything looks amazing! Tapas is always so fun. x

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  9. I love lifestyle posts, they're my favourite! I love tapas, and there's always such a good atmosphere in tapas bars!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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  10. Yum! Italian tapas sounds amazing! : ) I love reading lifestyle posts too, and have started writing them on my blog and they always seem to be well received! I look forward to reading more : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  11. Food and drinks look amazing!! Lovely post…

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  12. San Carlos is one of my fave restaurants and Jack mentioned that they do a tapas version called San Carlos Cichetti so i wonder if these two are similar?! They look it. Gorgeous photos babes xxxxxx

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  13. Oh I didn't know they had a Fumos in Manchester; day made! The food you ordered looks so tasty. I visited Fumos in Birmingham and it was amazing. I love the idea of Italian Tapas as I am like you and tend to get a few different starters and sides so I have different things to eat. Also the cocktails are really great here. I am hopefully moving to Manchester in the next month or two so I will definitely be visiting once I move xx

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  14. Oh my ... everything looks so tasty. I will definitely visit when I go back to Manchester :) x

    La Petite Mademoiselle , a blog by Lisa Santos

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  15. This looks amazing! Will be adding this to the huge list of places I want to try in Manchester :) x
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  16. This restaurant sounds and looks amazing! I've never been but tempted to check it out next time I'm in Manchester, I love Italian food :) Really enjoy lifestyle posts from you too so keep going girl! :)

    Elle du Jour xx

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  17. Great post and stunning photography, everything looks delicious!

    NJCDesigns

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  18. I just came across your blog and I'm so happy I did! Awesome posts and beautiful pictures girl xo

    Kaitlyn Wretham
    www.blacklabantics.blogspot.ca

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  19. Lovely pictures! I am so hungry right now haha! I've never actually tried Italian tapas before, such a shame because it looks delicious.

    Valérie | Moonlit Stories

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  20. Love these pictures!

    Couture--avenue.blogspot.com

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  21. Is this a different one to San Carlo on King St in Manchester because that's one of my favourite places in Manchester to eat but this sounds pretty cool! x

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