January can be tough. Christmas and New Year celebrations are long gone, we’re all back at work, and it’s a few dark, cold months before spring and summer come around. 

But clued-in foodies will be aware of one key benefit of the first month of the year – namely that a host of top restaurants offer impressively pocket-friendly deals, as a helping hand for all of us who spent wildly over the festive period. 

And Turkish restaurant Kai has one of the best offers in the city, with a whopping 50% off your food bill every weekday throughout January. 

You’re no doubt familiar with this excellent eatery, thanks to their locally-famed in-house barbecue grill which treats passers-by on Deansgate to a variety of delicious charcoal-infused flavours. 

Bring some sunshine to a cold January with 50% off at this Turkish restaurant on Deansgate I Love Manchester

Inside, the vibe is upmarket and stylish – all dark mood lighting, glittering lights and purple leather, ideal for anything from date night to a get-together with a group of food-loving friends. 

The menu covers all bases, so whether you’re a fully signed-up meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan or sensitive to gluten, you’ll find something to fill your belly. 

But with a menu as comprehensive and mouth-watering as this, where should you begin? 

Fear not, we’re here to help. Every dish has been carefully crafted by the expert kitchen team, but some are absolute must-tries. 

Bring some sunshine to a cold January with 50% off at this Turkish restaurant on Deansgate I Love Manchester

First up, from the hot mezze section, the halloumi fritters. These are one of Kai’s most popular dishes, and one bite explains exactly why. 

You’ll get a plate of four thick cylinders of soft, squeaky sheep’s cheese, coated with hot, golden-brown breadcrumbs and, most importantly, scattered with pomegranate seeds.

It’s these bright red superfoods that elevate a good dish into something truly magical – they add a tangy sweetness that serves as a perfect match for the halloumi. This is as moreish as halloumi gets. 

Bring some sunshine to a cold January with 50% off at this Turkish restaurant on Deansgate I Love Manchester

Also from the hot mezze section, consider sampling the borek. Impossibly delicate bundles of filo pastry, containing an inspired blend of spinach, cheese and nutmeg – it’s an ideal starter, particularly for vegetarians, or as part of a tapas-style combination of small plates. 

When it comes to more substantial dishes, meat-eaters should go straight for the mixed grill, cooked there and then on that smoky mangal grill.

It’s easily enough for two, a huge platter of various meats, plus a huge hot green chilli pepper and some sweet onions, strips of mouth-cooling cucumber and other brightly-coloured veg. 

Bring some sunshine to a cold January with 50% off at this Turkish restaurant on Deansgate I Love Manchester

When it comes to the meat, you’ll get two plump lamb chops, some thick chunks of lightly-spiced chicken, soft hunks of salty lamb, and best of all, a long piece of Adana kebab – taken from the tailbone of a lamb, gluten-free and impossibly tender with a fantastic array of spices. 

It’s an exhilarating platter and the perfect way to sample the very best of what Kai has to offer. 

Pair all this with the Eastern couscous – a hearty and entirely vegan bowl of gently-spiced herbs, nuts and seeds, it’s an ideal match for the meat but a great healthy option by itself. 

Bring some sunshine to a cold January with 50% off at this Turkish restaurant on Deansgate I Love Manchester

Kai is one of Manchester’s best Middle Eastern restaurants, with an exciting menu full of unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else. 

And with half-price food from Monday to Friday throughout January, there’s no better time to pop in and check out the source of those intoxicating, chargrilled aromas. 

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