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A new Berlin-style doner kebab restaurant is opening in the Arndale

Calling all kebab lovers

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A new doner kebab restaurant is opening its doors in the Arndale later this year, along with several other new vendors.

Doner Shack will soon be welcoming kebab enthusiasts in Halle Place after it took on a 15-year lease, where it will join the likes of Archie’s, Barburrito and Wolf Italian Street Food.

PizzaLuxe will also be opening in the food quarter, with the restaurant most famous for its breakfast pizzas and pizza bowls – in which the bowl is made out of pizza dough.

A branch of American coffee chain Gloria Jean’s will also be coming to the shopping centre, heading into a central mall kiosk.

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Doner Shack is moving into a 2,800 sq ft unit at Halle Place, and alongside a range of authentic kebabs it will also be serving up halloumi, falafel, vegan schnitzel and currywurst.

This new kebab concept comes from the people behind the massive Berlin-style restaurant in the Corn Exchange, Doner Haus.

Scott Linard, portfolio director at M&G Real Estate, said: “Halle Place is establishing itself as one of Manchester’s most popular casual dining destinations.

“Archie’s, Barburitto and Wolf Street Food already offer something unique, which is clearly attractive to our customers.

“The arrival of Doner Shack and PizzaLuxe will only add to the distinctive appeal of Halle Place to visitors.

“Gloria Jean’s is renowned for its high-quality coffee and beverages. It is a perfect destination for our customers to relax.

“Being able to welcome a trio of new food and beverage operators is a testament to Manchester Arndale’s position as one of the leading shopping centres in the UK.

“The centre has remained robust and resilient during 2020 and we are confident we will continue to add to our strong F&B offering throughout 2021 and beyond.”

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Sanjeev Sanghera, co-founder and managing director of Doner Shack, added: “Coming from humble beginnings, we are evolving into a multi-site business with big plans for the future. We feel incredibly excited to be opening in Manchester Arndale.

“We want our lean high-quality kebabs to be a part of everyday life. Whether that’s a snack on the go during a busy lunch break or a fun evening with a group of friends.

“It is time for a new generation of street food, and we are thrilled to be leading the way.”

You can keep up to date with Doner Shack on Instagram here.

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COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester

The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…

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A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.

The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.

And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.

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Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.

The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.

Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.

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There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.

Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.

Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.

Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.

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Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living

Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free

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A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.

The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.

Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.

Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.

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And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.

While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.

Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.

The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.

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Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.

“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”

He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”

Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.

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You can now get £1 oysters EVERY DAY of the week in Manchester

There’s a new happy hour in town…

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Mancunians can now enjoy £1 oysters every day of the week thanks to The Alan’s brand new happy hour.

The boutique hotel, which opened down Princess Street at the start of this year, has unveiled its new oyster and champagne offer, available every day of the week between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

The happy hour will allow diners to enjoy fresh Cumbrae Oysters for just £1 per shuck, alongside Telmont Champagne for £10 a glass.

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Each oyster comes with a selection of toppings including tabasco sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the classic mignonette dressing, made with a combination of shallots and red wine vinegar.

When paired with a glass of Telmont Champagne, a brand known for using 100% organically sourced bottles, it makes for an afternoon of affordable luxury and decadence in the heart of the city.

The Alan also houses its own restaurant and coffee bar, both with constantly rotating menus using the very best of seasonal British ingredients.

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The Alan’s restaurant prides itself on working with independent traders only, and uses meat that’s locally sourced, free-range and grass-fed from family businesses.

This is to ensure the best quality and unmatched standard of food whether dining in or staying overnight at the hotel.

The Alan’s new £1 oyster happy hour is available every day – weekends included – from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Get booked in here.

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