It’s the new Northern Quarter restaurant creating kebabs “worth sitting down for”.
And BAB, based on Little Lever Street, is certainly delivering an inventive new take on the food stuff usually reserved for late night takeaway trips.
We headed down to test out the menu at the new restaurant, which is the brainchild of the team behind established NQ cocktail bar The Pen and Pencil.
They are promising us a ‘grown-up take on the kebab concept’ – and on this evidence they are delivering just that.
The kebab options include four meat dishes cooked on the kitchen’s charcoal grill – lamb adana served with feta and pomegranate (£9.50), chicken with hummus and peppers (£8.50), pork souvlaki with onions, tzatziki and pork scratchings (£9) and hanger steak served with cauliflower and cumin (£9.50).
There are also two tasty vegetarian options – falafel served with tomato, harissa and pistachio (£8.50) and halloumi with carrots, currants and crisps (£8).
All come served on dreamy fresh baked doughy flatbreads with a raft of vegetables and sauces piled on top. It’s up to you whether you wrap it all up to eat by hand or with knife and fork.
There is also a selection of ‘non-babs’ including stone bass with winter tabbouleh or aubergine with tomato, kale and baba ganoush.
The restaurant is open now, and on Wednesday and Thursday this week there is a 50% off the kebab menu offer – but bookings must be made to eat in on either day through BAB@downatthesocial.co.uk.
The new restaurant is a stylish stripped back space with whitewashed brick and deep green tiles in the open plan charcoal kitchen.
Underneath BAB will be late night Berlin-inspired bar the Honey Trap Club, which is also now open.