A new vegan sushi spot is popping up inside Ancoats General Store (AGS) this month, slinging out tiny Japanese-style Katso sandos and a variety of sushi rolls filled with ‘mock meat’.
At AGS all month until 30 October, here you’ll find a variety of colourful sushi rolls filled with the likes of hoisin ‘duck’, vegan ‘pork’, ‘beef’ and katsu ‘chicken’.
Packed with flavour, the CB Sushi hoisin ‘duck’ rolls are packed with pulled ‘duck’ meat, cucumber and spring onion, then topped with hoisin glaze and a delightful onion crunch.
The ‘chicken’ katsu roll, also topped with onion crunch, features a spicy mayo and a teriyaki glaze, whilst elsewhere you’ll find sweet tofu pockets stuffed with crispy ‘beef’, miso mayo, sesame, sweet chilli and teriyaki.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a pulled ‘pork’ katsu burger. Slow-cooked Korean style, this pulled aubergine burger is wrapped in a katsu crumb before being topped with sweet pickled cucumber, spring onion and tonkatsu, then served with furikaki-seasoned waffle fries and gochugang mayo.
We went for the Mini Meat Vegan Combo (£12.50), comprised of a full hoisin BBQ ‘rib’ roll and full ‘chicken’ katsu roll, with chilli chicken bites on the side.
We also tried the Katsu Sandwich Combo Box (£15), made up of a generous portion of furikaki fries, spicy mayo, pickled red cabbage and three katsu finger sandos with the crusts cut off.
Served on lightly grilled white bread with spicy mayo, vegan ‘chicken’ katsu, spring onion and tonkatsu, you’d never know all this meat was made from soy and beans.
The brainchild of founder Chloe Goldenberg, CB Sushi was first established in Liverpool in 2018 and has been providing 100% vegan meals ever since.
On our visit, she also tells us that she has since built up a second business so she can create all the mock meat she needs herself; before selling it to a number of restaurants in the north west, including Manchester favourite Wholesome Junkies.
Available from Monday to Sunday, head down to AGS to find Chloe slinging out her top-notch vegan sushi and other plant-based Japanese street food. We think you’ll be impressed.
Feature image – The Manc Eats
Popular London bakery Gail’s to open string of North West cafes next year
Popular craft bakery Gail’s has hinted at plans to open a string of new cafes in the North West next year.
The group, which already has a large number of bakery-cafes in the south of England, has announced it will open its first North West site in Wilmslow in early 2023.
Bosses have also said that ‘further locations in the North West’ will be announced in the new year, adding that all the new bakeries will serve GAIL’s artisan sourdough breads, pastries, sandwiches, and cakes alongside its specialty House Blend coffee.
The news also seems to potentially confirm speculation that the brand is planning a move into Manchester after The Manc shared news of potential plans for a Gail”s opening in the city centre in October.
Having already seen planning documents that suggest the chain is planning to take over the former White Stuff unit on King Street, it now appears that more news on that opening will be coming in 2023 – although it’s hard to say if it will be the first Manchester site to be announced.
The bakery group already has strong ties with Manchester, having run its sister wholesale bakery The Bread Factory in Openshaw since 2017.
Formed in the early 1990s by namesake Gail Mejia, Gail’s began when its eponymous founder decided to bring together the best bakers in London to create bakes for the capitals top chefs and restaurants.
Today, is known more as a customer-facing cafe and bakery whilst The Bread Factory continues the original wholesale legacy – supplying high quality, artisan breads to some of the region’s top local restaurants.
Gail’s first cafe opened on Hampstead High Street in 2005, and now the brand has 79 in neighbourhoods in and around London, Oxford, Brighton and more.
Turning back the clock on industrialised baking practices and moving to bake bread as it used to be baked: by hand, using quality ingredients and time-worn artisanal methods, Gail’s soon established a name for itself and has come a long way since those early days.
Still, the stuff that matters – the ethos, the suppliers, the skill and a handful of tried-and-tested sourdough starter cultures – hasn’t changed.
A champion for sustainability, the bakery also prides itself on minimising food waste by carefully setting aside any leftover food and donating it to a selection of local charities in each eatery’s neighbourhood
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