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Never a man to stand still, Gary Usher opened the sixth outpost of his growing, crowd-funded north western empire in the heart of the city-centre; the venue will be open from breakfast onwards, and incorporate a 70-cover restaurant, plus a bar set out 'Barrafina-style' where up to 15 people can eat. Rather than feeling rustic, the site is a massive glass-fronted building with polished floors, with marble and lots of black to suit the glass feel.

survey result

Summary

£58
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Another of Gary Usher’s triumphant bistros”, this city centre two-year-old offers “great modern British cooking at a fair price, with excellent service” – the signature of the chef’s growing Elite Bistro chain. It’s casual, too. Top Tip: “the candied beetroot and sheep’s ricotta tarte fine was superb”.

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Usher’s best yet” say fans of Gary Usher’s ambitious crowd-funded opening, which opened in a prominent corner site in the city-centre in May 2019. It beamed down very late for us to receive huge volumes of survey feedback, but such reports as we have say it’s already a hit, with “friendly staff” and cranking out “fantastic” modern bistro fare in the trademark, deft ‘Elite Bistros’ style.

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Usher’s best yet” say fans of Gary Usher’s ambitious crowd-funded opening, which opened in a prominent corner site in the city-centre in May 2019. It beamed down very late for us to receive huge volumes of survey feedback, but such reports as we have say it’s already a hit, with “friendly staff” and cranking out “fantastic” modern bistro fare in the trademark, deft ‘Elite Bistros’ style.

Summary

Never a man to stand still, Gary Usher will open the sixth outpost of his growing, crowd-funded north western empire in the heart of the city-centre. Opening in February 2019, the venue will be open from breakfast onwards, and incorporate a 70-cover restaurant, plus a bar set out ‘Barrafina-style’ where up to 15 people can eat. Rather than feeling rustic, the site is apparently a massive glass-fronted building with polished floors, hence Usher plans to use marble and lots of black to suit the glass feel.

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Kala Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Kala Restaurant in M2, Manchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Kala restaurant.
PA C
super friendly service. not totally accurat...
Reviewed 6 months, 8 days ago

"super friendly service. not totally accurate, but natural charm and warmth was there in spades. food was interesting. lunch - set menu. some fabulous items - hispi salad with pickles + snitzel salmon knock out. not seen any where else. tongue pasty plus cress salad - again unusual and tasty. beet salad could have done with a touch of salt on caramelised walnuts but was good. creme brulee on point. soft creamy. bitter thin shattering brulee. rhubarb with ginger ice cream made by the delicate ginger ice cream. want to visit didsbury outpost. oh in my view a few tweaks to the dishes and it'd slip to 5."

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Robert M
Very enjoyable 'modern British' cooking. Bu...
Reviewed 6 months, 10 days ago

"Very enjoyable 'modern British' cooking. But when we arrived and through most of our meal, the noise was deafening - peaking at 84dB according to my watch - a level associated with hearing damage. Once a very loud party of 14 left, it was much better. Our nice server apologised profusely, but we could hardly hear what she was saying (hence low score). Everyone dining had to shout to make themselves heard, so it was noisier still, and so on. We won't go back unless they limit party size or create a private room "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £35.00 £40.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
King Street, Manchester, M2 7AT
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑8:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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