Date night is one of my favourite kinds of night, it's a time where we switch our phones off, indulge in something we wouldn't usually and spend actual time together. Last weekend we headed into Manchester for the classic date night combo of cinema and dinner, perfect.
I went for the most casual, comfy outfits for our trip to The Printworks; comfy relaxed fit jeans from Gap (similar here), white Converse, tuxedo blazer from La Redoute, black cami from F&F and my trusty APC half moon bag from Coggles. You can tell by my silly face how happy and relaxed I was! It's been a busy and mad couple of weeks at work so a carefree Sunday evening was just what I needed.
First things first, food. We headed to Busaba before the cinema to stuff ourselves silly with Thai food, neither of us had been there before so it was great to try somewhere new! Busaba is a small chain of Thai restaurants, quite similar to Wagamama in the set up but feels a bit fancier. They had me at 'would you like some prawn crackers?'.
We were really impressed with the starters, I had Bang Kick Prawns which were giant, juicy prawns in tempura with sweet chilli lime dressing. They had just enough spice to merit their jazzy name and the prawns themselves were absolutely delicious. Joe went for Thai Calamari with ginger and green peppercorn, these were so moreish (I totally stole a few) and were a really good sized portion.
For our mains we both went for duck, just in different guises. Joe chose Mussaman Curry which was a huge bowl of succulent duck in a creamy, warming sauce. I went for a different duck option, the Chargrilled Duck Breast with Chinese broccoli, sticky rice and tamarind sauce. This was absolutely delicious but was pretty salty so if you're not a fan of salt, I probably wouldn't recommend this dish.
We were way too stuffed for dessert unfortunately so we're just going to have to go back to try out the banana fritters!
The Printworks is so good for being convenient, you can easily go for dinner then roll into a film without having to leave the building. We ran over from dinner (we may have got a little carried away chatting finishing off our wine before realising the film was about to start, oops!) to the IMAX showing of Suicide Squad at the Odeon. We'd only really heard mixed reviews about the film but we still wanted to watch it, Joe wasn't overly enamored but I enjoyed it! Harley Quinn totally stole the show.
I've always preferred the baddies to the heroes so it played on my bad side, plus anything in IMAX still amazes me. If you haven't seen it yet and want to, I'd thoroughly recommend seeing it in IMAX, it brings it to life so much more and detracts for the rather questionable quality.
I can't actually wait for our next date night, we're going down to London to see Louis CK on Friday and I could not be more excited. Roll on next date night!
Thanks to The Printworks, Busaba and Odeon for treating us to a very much needed date night, opinions are as always my own.