Review on Kala
Chef and Restaurateur Gary Usher, the brains behind Elite Bistros which includes Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion has opened his sixth venue Kala in the heart of Manchester, after a record crowdfunding campaign raised £100,000 in just 11 hours. Taking over the former Whistles fashion shop, the two-storey building occupies a corner site on historic King Street, considered to be Manchester's most upmarket shopping area.
It's a very smart affair, with a handsome glass frontage looking into a ground floor wood-topped bar, seating up to ten diners on high grey stools, it's perfect for a quick snack or drink. A polished concrete staircase leads to the main dining room on the first floor with an open kitchen featuring a charcoal grill, where polished wood tables are well spaced with emerald green banquette seating.
It's an all day venue, kicking off with breakfast, lunch and dinner with a nice selection of snacks in between. Among the repertoire of starters you might find chicken liver pâté paired with farmhouse chutney and toasted sourdough or from the sea, roasted octopus, sunflower seed purée, salsa macha and lime. When it comes to main courses there's smoked duck breast, confit tomatoes, lovage and duck fat croutons or salmon fillet, sourdough, fennel and citrus with roasted mussel cream. Desserts hit the button with a delicious dark chocolate tart, malt cream and whisky sultanas, or banoffee choux bun, roasted banana ice cream and whipped cream.
The wine list offers a lot of choice with many options available by the glass, alongside locally brewed beers and cocktails.
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Bistro / British
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30 - 10.30am (8.00 - 11.00am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat (6.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card