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Silver Award

Kala is the sixth restaurant in Gary Usher’s Elite Bistros group, which includes Chester’s famous Sticky Walnut. Like his other restaurants, Kala was crowdfunded, becoming the fastest-funded restaurant project in the world with over £100k raised in 11 hours.

Located on smart King Street, Kala is elegant but laid back with 55 covers in the mezzanine dining room and 10 at the bar. The open kitchen has a charcoal grill, a first for the group, and is headed by Jack Huxley, who has joined from Sticky Walnut where he progressed rapidly to head chef.

Dishes include a couple recognisable to diners who’ve visited the other bistros, such as a silky-smooth chicken liver pâté which comes with rhubarb and cider chutney and a thick slab of toasted milk loaf. Our seasonal Wye Valley asparagus, firm and tender, was served with chunky sauce gribiche enlivened by sharp pickles and salty capers, while creamy burrata came with sprouting broccoli, blackened spring onion dressing and salted lemon.

A main of braised beef featherblade with fat golden truffle and parmesan chips was another dish familiar across the bistros, slow-cooked and fall-apart tender and drenched in glossy rich gravy. Meaty barbecued monkfish arrived appealingly charred from the grill, served with shredded red cabbage, mango, crunchy macadamia and sweet, smoky BBQ sauce.

The bistros excel at puddings, and Kala’s banoffee choux bun with whipped cream was comforting and indulgent. Our sticky parkin was superb, served with stem ginger ice cream and sweet butterscotch sauce. The wine list includes plenty by the glass, while beers feature local brewers Blackjack, Runaway and Alphabet.

Homely yet high-end, Kala is a welcome addition to Manchester city centre.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Cool, Lively
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Sunday roast
Child friendly, Dates

Kala is featured in

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Location for Kala

55 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7AT

0800 160 1811


Opening Times

Mon 07:30-10:30
Tue 07:30-10:30
Wed 07:30-10:30
Thu 07:30-10:30
Fri 07:30-10:30
Sat 08:00-11:00
Sun 08:00-11:00
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-21:00

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