BAB is preparing to open its doors for the first time, serving gourmet kebabs to the people of Manchester with a Berlin-inspired bar in the basement.
A far cry from the greasy kebab picked up on your way home, these fresh plates will feature meats grilled in the open chargrill kitchen and homemade marinades and sauces.
Homemade flatbreads will be topped with grilled meats such as hanger steak with cauliflower (£9.50), lamb adana with feta labneh and radicchio (£9.50) and pork souvlaki with tzatziki and pork scratchings (£9), as well as vegetarian options in falafel (£8.50) or halloumi with carrots and currants (£8).
The two-storey venture comes from the team behind popular bar and brunch spot The Pen & Pencil, which is just around the corner on Hilton Street.
These kebabs have been designed to be eaten fresh out of the kitchen in a relaxed and casual all-day environment – and we can confirm it’s an environment you’ll want to linger in.
With a colour palette of terracotta and teal in both paint and wall tiles, plus white-washed brick walls, tall wooden tables, and pale wooden floors, it’s bright and minimal but welcoming.
With 60 covers in the restaurant, BAB is promising a ‘grown-up’ kebab concept using locally sourced ingredients.
As well as kebabs, there will be meze plates such as hummus (£4), lamb bon bons (£5.50), octopus (£6) and paprika fries (£3).
There will also be a section of the menu given over to ‘non-babs’, or larger plates that will include pan fried stone bass with winter tabbouleh (£11) and marinated pork tenderloin with moussaka and olives.
Desserts include a baklava and yoghurt parfait (£4.50), and a booze-soaked pineapple kebab for £4.
There’ll be a range of homemade iced teas to drink, with flavours including jasmine and lemon, raspberry and mint, and liquorice root, plus wine, beer, and a small selection of cocktails.
If you want more cocktails, you’ll need to head downstairs to the Berlin inspired basement club Honey Trap Club.
Down here it’s all red lights and exposed brick and concrete, with mismatched furniture (including an old gymnastics pommel horse for a bench) and a bar.
Design company NoChintz will be stepping in soon to paint some artwork on those bare bricks, but for now it’s a frill-free space that will focus on experience.
Cocktails range in price from £8 to £9, with a selection of signatures as well as some ‘disco cocktails’.
Speaking about BAB, Kevin Connor of The Pen & Pencil said; “This new concept, completely different from what we do at The Pen and Pencil, is all about the food. Everyone’s eaten a kebab, often on the way home from boozy nights out!
“These though will be special – fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Our chefs have spent the last six months creating the menu, we’re going make our own bread, our own paneer and have some amazing cuts of meats and fish with home-made marinades and sides. I can’t wait to get open and show it to Manchester.”
Just off Stevenson Square, across the square from the former Rosylee site, BAB will be open seven days a week between 12pm and 10pm, starting from Friday November 30.
For Mancunians wanting to be first on the BAB scene, they will be offering 50% off BABs on December 5 and 6. To qualify for 50% off, bookings must be made to eat in on either day through BAB@downatthesocial.co.uk.
The Honey Trap Club opens its doors today, Thursday November 29. Honey Trap Club will be open fours days a week from 4pm Wednesday to Saturday. The bar will open until 12pm on a Wednesday, 1am on a Thursday, and 3am on a Friday and Saturday.
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