Kala

4.7
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430 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Welcome to Kala, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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4.8
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4.5
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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been fancying a trip to Kala for a while now, having read some excellent reviews, so a birthday provided the ideal opportunity to try it along with some friends. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our table which had been booked in advance. What followed was a superb 3 course Sunday lunch. Starters chosen were the fishcake, chicken liver pate & pigs head croquette. 5 of our party then continued with the most wonderful roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, and the remaining choice, roast cauliflower with butterbean mash. Having spotted a dish of cauliflower cheese heading for another table, we ordered a couple of those too as extras. Despite feeling sufficiently sated, we all managed room for a thoroughly enjoyable pudding. Service throughout was attentive, but not overbearing, and we all agreed it was excellent value for money. Can’t wait to return.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food !!
Pity about expensive wine list in comparison to food prices.
Slightly condescending service from our young waitress with long dark hair. When I asked for fizzy water she said ok - sparkling ?
We have been eating at decent restaurants since before you were born love - so a bit more warmth would have been appreciated especially when the restaurant was pretty quiet .
Also felt we were eating main course from soup bowls - larger and less deep serving dishes would be an improvement .

DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lunchtime celebration for me and my wife celebrating her birthday. A little quite and surprised it was not busier. The food was very good although the truffle mushroom small pie could have been improved with better pastry.

D
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food presented well on the plate. The salmon starter was perfectly cooked with a subtle spiced exterior. The feather blade was rich and fell apart beautifully. Our waitress was attentive but we didn’t feel pressured. The atmosphere was one of a cheerful bistro.

F
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food all far too salty apart from sweet which was lovely

j
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kala is a superb restaurant. Welcoming efficient professional and serving exceptional food and wine - wonderful!

AF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

i was surprised at how spacious it is upstairs although think the lighting could be warmer. the service was amazing as was the food although i would say the fishcake starter could be a little bigger and the trout main should say it comes with potatoes!

DR
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Quality of dishes and service were excellent, our only criticism was that noise level was excessive, however staff Were quick to find us a (slightly quieter area) .

EH
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible, innovative food with the best service. Lovely team that make every visit feel special. Thank you!

GA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and the atmosphere is good; staff excellent and the Sunday lunch menu is great value for money; excellent standard

FG
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner at Kala before heading off to the theatre.
Excellent food. served promptly allowing us plenty of time to get to the production without rushing.
Menu suited all diners - including a vegetarian.
Delightful and knowledgeable waiter.
Only disappointment . . . no custard tart available!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy the friendly relaxed atmosphere of Kala & the food is good too!

JG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After learning about the restaurant group before Christmas I decided to take my family out for lunch to see what it was actually like.

Wow! The food and service were all amazing and the best compliment we can give is that we are already planning when we can all meet up in Spring and go again.

LS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good atmosphere, pleasant ambience, it did get a bit noisy at times, maybe because lots of hard surfaces seemed to amplify the sounds. We both made the same choices from the set menu, the fish cake starter was fantastic, very tasty and well balanced and the sweet was really good too - crispy honeycomb very well complemented in both taste and texture by the ice cream and chocolate sauce. We were not so happy with the main course; we chose the cauliflower with butter beans and were disappointed to find everything presented mixed up in a bowl so the tastes and even the textures of individual elements were indistinct, it was just too stodgy. The service was excellent throughout.

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and location.
The portions were bigger than I was expecting (bonus) and it was great value for money.

SB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant - good eating experience
Good menu - very friendly professional staff

t
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time going for my birthday. We were a party of 6 and the service and food was faultless. Honestly cant yet better value for money than their set menu.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb meal with excellent service & my gluten intolerance was well catered for - couldn’t recommend this restaurant higher.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food with enough options for vegetarians- even on the lunch time menu!

TH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly welcome, vibrant atmosphere, great service and good food

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have recommended it before going since i know 2 more restaurant from the same owner.
Never disappointed

MS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner for NYE. Gorgeous food. Great service from Bethan and the team. We will be back and would highly recommend. Great value for money and felt special.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Considering it was New Years Eve everything turned out very good.

EV
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Amazing well cooked. Snack ( pre starter) needed some acidity, a chutney or pickled. The starter, mains and dessert were absolute knockouts!

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, great wine menu, and the passion fruit choux bun is divine! Worth a visit back alone!

AP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , couldn’t fault anything about the meal we had from the starters to the main course through to the dessert. Would highly recommend to all .

D
London
126 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A decent Sunday lunch, nicely pink beef. However, just a point or two short of outstanding.

YH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful from start to finish. Service on point, food sensational and really love the atmosphere and decor. My second time but sister’s first and she loved it too having heard me bang on about it since I last went. We had the 2 courses for £20 which is ridiculously good value. The chicken liver pate and the bream were particularly banging. Can’t wait to return.

DA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

whent to Kala for the first time whilst shopping in Manchester with my wife, It had been recomended to us by our son who raved about it. Having experienced it for ourselves i can understand why. The food was really tasty and plenty of choices on offer. The service was excelent and the overall experience was very pleasant. We have reccomended this restaurant to our friends and family, and we will certainly be visiting again.

F
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service and for what we had good value will defin6be back

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I can't speak for much of the menu as only had a starter and one main but it was great food unfortunately me and my partner both wanted the most expensive thing on the menu making it a fairly expensive evening however there were plenty of low priced options which i'm sure would be great.

I would visit again for sure.

N
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Kala numerous times and it never fails to deliver, the food it delicious, ambiance perfect and service friendly

CB
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant. Food is wonderful, the staff are knowledgable friendly and attentive. My only plea is to have a think about the coffee you serve, it really is awful, I know it’s local but it’s locally awful. Make sure you go you’ll be delighted

RM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, wine beautiful and service excellent. Would definitely recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive service, lovely food

CC
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, with great vegan options too. All of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.

CW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as ever (6th visit). Greeting, efficiency, interesting Macclesfield gin and cocktails. Lovely pig head and pineapple starter, perfectly cooked beef. "Best profiteroles ever had!" Please don't change.

IK
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had to change the booking for a table for 2 to a table for 1 and was a bit apprehensive about eating alone, but I had nothing to worry about. The staff were friendly without being gushy and totally efficient and professional.
On entry the bar area looked really inviting, upstairs the dining room was fine, and I wasn't seated next to the loo (actually to be fair there are no "bad" tables). The menu choice was great and I was given enough time to read it, have a think and then order. When the food came, well, I was blown away. It was superb. The starter, chicory, was blissful and I really didn't think that the main could live up to that, but it did. I was tempted to ask if the pickled onions could be avoided but decided to risk it...if the chef thinks that's needed well who am I to question that. Correct decision. The roasted cauliflower was sublime. I don't think I have ever eaten a better meal. Even the coffee was good!
So, a New Year's Resolution was made there and then, in 2020 I will eat at all 6 Elite Bistros.

CP
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful plates of food. Simple ingredients, expertly prepared. Unpretentious yet imaginative. Exciting to both salivate over and consume! Can’t rate it highly enough. The cocktails, the food and not least of all the staff! Kala cares about it all. Sitting at the restaurant or the bar, the experience is one to be savoured.

JP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our meal at the bar this time. Food was superb, staff amazing as always. Had a lovely bottle of wine nicely decanted. Absolutely love this place!