A new Thai restaurant taking inspiration from the country’s northeastern region will bring street food-style barbeque dining to Manchester next month.
Brand new Manchester bar and kitchen Neon Tiger will open on 64 Bridge Street this June, in the former Grindsmith unit next door to what was once Randall and Aubin’s Manchester brasserie.
Here, its chefs will use traditional cooking processes of live fire and smoked meat to create a range of sharing dishes to be enjoyed with cocktails and a seasonally-changing wine list.
The Thai grill house, or Baan Yang, will pay homage to traditional charcoal cooking methods with a host of grilled skewer dishes.
Diners can expect house made lemongrass and turmeric smoked sausages, King oyster mushroom skewers, and coal-roasted aubergine served with soft boiled egg and sweet soy dressing.
Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find a centrepiece coconut chicken curry noodle bowl – made using hand-pulled noodles created by the Manchester-based Komuji team – as well as bright salads and reimagine nostalgic Thai favourites.
Working closely with a range of premium Manchester-based suppliers, a fluid and seasonal wine list will be provided to the restaurant by Northern Quarter-based specialists Ad Hoc – promising to showcase organic and sustainable wines from around the world.
As part of this offering, a wine flight will also be available as part of the restaurant’s dining experience.
Furthermore, the restaurant will house a contemporary open bar at its front that will serve fun speciality cocktails based on individual flavours like melon, pineapple, grapefruit and rhubarb.
Ben Morris, Co-Founder of Neon Tiger, said: “We love this city and are looking forward to bringing what we think will be a new F+B experience to Manchester.
“Neon Tiger was born from our obsession with classic neighbourhood bars, incredible wines and exciting cocktails.
“Food-wise we have taken inspiration from some of our favourite restaurants like Kiln, Smoking Goat and Temper in London as we have always been massive fans of this style of BBQ and think that the bright and bold flavours you get from these dishes would shine in a more relaxed and bar focused space.
“Most of all we hope to have created a welcoming and comfortable environment for people to come and try some delicious things.”
Neon Tiger will open on Bridge Street on Wednesday 8 June, 2022. Opening hours will be Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 12am; and Friday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am.
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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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