Vegans rejoice! Another brand new plant-based place to eat has opened in Manchester.
Vertigo is in the Royal Exchange building on Cross Street where Greek restaurant Maneas used to be, serving up a range of mouth-watering dishes all day long, a 25-cover eat-in area and takeaway service.
The menu is entirely plant-based and consists of healthy salads, sandwiches, stews, curries and smoothies.
It’s on the more casual end of the spectrum and is aiming to be a welcoming space for everyone – not just vegans.
It opened this week so we popped in to have a look and get a taste of some of the plant- based goodness on offer.
It’s bright and airy, with sage green walls, pink and blue velvet seats and modern copper light fixtures. A few added pops of colour really set the space off.
Although it’s only quite small, it has a really good-sized basement kitchen so they can prepare a lot of the food on site.
I opted for the quarter pound ‘cheezburger’ – a soy patty, pretzel bun, thousand island sauce and gherkins served with a side of sweet potato wedges.
My fellow diner – also a non-vegan – went for a red lentil daal, wholegrain rice, raita and crunchy fried chickpeas.
Other goodies on offer include soup of the day freshly made on site, sourdough toasties (everyone’s favourite), falafel and desserts that just must be tried – especially the raspberry and chocolate tart.
The coffee is from speciality Manchester coffee bean roaster ManCoCo whilst beers are supplied by First Chop and bread and other baked goods are from Trove.
And there’s a pre-theatre menu for anyone who fancies a healthy meal before heading to the Royal Exchange Theatre next door. An aubergine Persian stew topped with sumac kale crisps accompanied by a shiraz salad sounds like a perfect pre-show feed to us.
“A lot of people are making a conscious effort to reduce how much meat they eat, whether it’s for health reasons or environmental reasons,” says owner Michael Jebelli, who was also the man behind Chez on Whitworth Street.
“Vertigo is aimed at all people who are conscious about their meat consumption – not necessarily just vegans. I promise that you won’t miss meat if you eat here, even if you are normally a meat eater!”
We agree. As a non-vegan, I can safely say the food was just as tasty as, if not tastier than, anything I’ve eaten recently.
Vertigo is now open 7am – 9pm on weekdays, with slightly later opening hours of 9am – 9pm at weekends. They will also be available on Deliveroo in the evenings once everything is up and running.