Live music venue The Blues Kitchen has announced it will be launching a 600-capacity branch in Manchester in early 2021.
The blues bar, which takes inspiration from America’s deep south scene, is set to move its mixture of bourbon and barbecue flavours into the old Walkabout site near Deansgate in the city centre.
Quay Street’s upcoming bar will be home to live music from local and international musicians seven nights a week – with DJs playing timeless soul, funk, rock n roll & roots music into the early hours every weekend.
Steve Ball, CEO of the Columbo Group, which owns Blues Kitchen, commented: “When we decided to spread our wings it had to be Manchester, it’s such a cool city.
“It’s the only other city we’d consider doing anything in.”
The Blues Kitchen currently has three other roaringly popular venues spread across London – including Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch.
More news is set to be announced in the coming weeks as the bar prepares to settle into some fresh northern digs for the very first time.
While you are waiting for The Blues Kitchen to open, check out these channels to get a flavour of what’s to come:
This Manchester restaurant is serving an all-you-can-eat curry buffet throughout Ramadan
A restaurant in Manchester is serving up a bottomless curry buffet throughout Ramadan and it sounds absolutely epic.
From today, 23 March, Zouk Tea Bar & Grill on Oxford Road is bringing back its brilliant all-you-can-eat Indian buffet – serving up unlimited quantities of customer favourites including the likes of chicken sindhi biryani, dall makhani and tarka dall curries alongside assorted naan breads, roti, and basmati rice.
Served throughout the month of Ramadan, there are an impressive amount of dishes on offer – and all for the price of £25pp for adults or £12.50 per child (under 12), with under 5’s eating free.
Add to the list a huge quantity of chicken tikka and seekh kebabs, a whole stuffed lamb raan, chicken 65, vegetable samosas, and more curries of lamb and potatoes, spinach and chicken, and it’s easy to see why Zouk’s bottomless buffet continues to be such a hit year-on-year.
It doesn’t stop there, either. There is a mouthwatering selection of desserts included in the buffet too, with choices like mango and raspberry Mumbai mess, chocolate brownies and fresh fruit alongside traditional favourite gulab jamon.
Each day the menu will vary slightly but it will always include a wide selection of salads, starters, curries, chutneys, accompaniments, desserts, and roasted lamb.
This year Zouk has created two sittings for the halal buffet, following requests from customers to keep it running for longer each evening. There will be one sitting at Iftar (sunset) each day and a second sitting an hour later.
Booking is advised and when customers go onto Zouk’s website they can book at Iftar or later in the evening for the additional buffet sitting on their chosen date.
Customers are advised to note that the timings do change slightly throughout the month of Ramadan, due to the variation in BST and the arrival of lighter evenings.
Owner Tayub Amjad said: “Everyone is welcome to join us at this special time and we have created a secondsitting of the buffet an hour after Iftar.
Tayub added: “By offering two sittings, we can accommodate families who wish to pray together at home before coming out to eat and also customers who may not be fasting or participating in Ramadan personally but who wish to experience the fabulous buffet with friends and family and learn more about Ramadan.
Mains: Chicken Handi, Lamb & Potato, Dall Makhana, Vegetable Pilau Rice, Assorted Fresh Naan Bread, Chutney & Raita, Carvery, Roasted Lamb Raan, Chef Special Rice
Desserts: A selection of freshly made desserts
Drinks: Mango Lassi, water
Feature image – Zouk
Manchester pasta restaurant The Sparrows has just won a prestigious new Michelin award
Two months after it was listed in the prestigious Michelin Guide, Manchester European pasta and dumplings restaurant The Sparrows has been honoured by inspectors once again – this time with a Bib Gourmand.
The restaurant is just one out of 20 restaurants in the UK and Ireland to be awarded the coveted Michelin award, it was revealed yesterday.
The news comes ahead of the announcement of Michelin’s new starred restaurants, which will be unveiled on Monday.
Not quite a star, but most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand is named after Bibendum, the friendly Michelin Man and the official company mascot for the Michelin Group.
According to Michelin, it is a just-as-esteemed rating that ‘recognizes friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.’
The new rating is definitely something for The Sparrows to be proud of, and another step up from its guide inclusion in January.
At the time, the guide described it as follows: “Nestled under the railway arches in Manchester’s Green Quarter is a restaurant whose name is (almost) the English translation of the word ‘spätzle’ – which gives some clue as to the style of food on offer here.
“The dumplings and assorted pasta dishes are all made in-house and include excellent pierogi. The focus on Eastern Europe carries through to the wine list, which has a leaning towards Polish wines.”
Now, it’s sure to have even more customers clamouring at the door.
Loved by locals for its continental pasta and dumplings, gorgeous European wine list and sake collection, The Sparrows in the Green Quarter is something of a hidden gem – tucked in a disused railway arch on Red Bank.
It received rave reviews from local and national critics alike when it first opened in 2019 in a tiny space with room for just 12 covers. Since then, it’s relocated to a bigger home and its following has grown significantly.