If you thought kebabs were exclusively the food of choice after a heavy night on the tiles, think again.
For the Northern Quarter is about to welcome a new restaurant promising a gourmet take on the humble kebab.
BAB is the brainchild of the the team behind popular NQ bar The Pen and Pencil. They are launching the posh kebab joint alongside a new Berlin-inspired basement bar called The Honey Trap Club, both on Little Lever Street off Stevenson Square.
The owners are promising a “quality, grown-up kebab concept, serving the grilled meat favourite all day long” at the 60 cover restaurant with an open chargrill kitchen.
They will be using locally sourced ingredients, and will encourage customers to try new fresh, vibrant flavours when they dine, with kebabs “worth sitting down for” they say.
The new restaurant has been created as a relaxed space, with wooden tables plenty of whitewashed brick and deep green tiles in the open plan charcoal kitchen.
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The menu will include both kebabs and non-babs with a selection of meze which can be shared by the table or eaten as a starter.
Kebabs will include the lamb adana with feta labneh, radicchio and pomegranate; chicken with aleppo chilli, hummus, and peppers; or hanger steak with cauliflower, cumin and chilli. Vegetarian options will include paneer with carrot and currants; or falafel with tomato, harissa and pistachio. Kebabs will be served with homemade flatbread and pickled chilli.
There will also be a selection of ‘non-babs’ including stone bass with winter tabbouleh or aubergine with tomato, kale and baba ganoush.
“This new concept, completely different from what we do at The Pen and Pencil, is all about the food,” says owner Kevin Connor. “Everyone’s eaten a kebab, often on the way home from boozy nights out!
“These though will be special – fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Our chefs have spent the last 6 months creating the menu. We’re going make our own bread, our own paneer and have some amazing cuts of meats and fish with homemade marinades and sides. I can’t wait to get open and show it to Manchester.”
For Mancunians wanting to be first on the BAB scene, they will be offering 50% BABs on the 5th and 6th December.
To qualify for 50% off, bookings must be made to eat in on either day through BAB@downatthesocial.co.uk.
Underneath BAB will be late night bar the Honey Trap Club, which is opening this weekend.
We’re promised a Berlin-inspired basement dive bar with no airs and graces – beer, shots of whisky, dirty cocktails, and table football.