Kala

4.7
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455 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Bistro
Welcome to Kala, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Special Offers

3 courses and a cocktail for £35

From the 'Elite Bistros Classics' menu

Terms and Conditions: Not available on Mother's Day.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 23 March 2020

Ends: 30 March 2020

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:00
Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-21:30
Fri 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30 21:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-14:30

3 courses and a cocktail for £35

From the 'Elite Bistros Classics' menu

Terms and Conditions: Not available on Mother's Day.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 March 2020

Ends: 21 March 2020

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:00
Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-21:30
Fri 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30 21:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-14:30

What 455 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the warm welcome received to stepping out of the door into the predictably wet Mancunian afternoon, Kala was a joy. The name might mean black in Urdu but this was a bright meal full of colour and flavour, with standout moments including unctuous pork knuckle and a honeycomb dessert ‘like a giant Crunchie’ and the excellent service to boot.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Superb service, and the lunch menu must be some of the best value in the country.

SR
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch, food was delicious & great value with excellent service

P
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Outstanding food in a relaxed setting. Very attentive and efficient service. Highly recommended.

MW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a setting for a romantic meal. The service, food, and overall vibe in Kala was fantastic!

We’ll definitely be coming back. Excellent food recommended by Adam Reid (The French @ The Midland) himself ... and who can argue!

Fine dining experience at affordable prices. A must for everyone to try!

GM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Pate was top drawer - perhaps the best I've had.

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always with any of Gary Usher’s ventures, the food was incredible and the service top notch. The ambience was relaxed, courses weren’t rushed and overall we had a fantastic evening. Will be back very soon.

PI
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. Great food, good portion sizes. Generous. Friendly staff.

RM
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food, great relaxed and sociable atmosphere with open kitchen and superb staff.

MA
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love the cooking but need to change the menu more regularly.

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, great food, great service.

Thanks Chef!

J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Kala and it won’t be the last! Booked a table for my mums birthday and the food, service and ambience was perfect. They even brought out a chocolate ‘Happy Birthday’ accompanied with fudge for my mum without even being asked to- lovely touch! Staff couldn’t do enough for us without being too overbearing. Well done team Kala ❤️

NB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always. Delicious food, fabulous staff, stunning wine. One of my all time favourite restaurants.

RS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! We had a large party of 9 and the team looked after us well. The food was amazing and at such a reasonable price! I'll definitely be back soon.

LA
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great Sunday Dinner here with friends. Tasty beef and giant Yorshires! We will be back!

P
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Service was great - waitress was excellent. Food was OK but not amazing for the cost. The decor was OK but it lacked a particular 'feel' i.e. it wasn't cosy, wasn't modern, wasn't gitzy etc. The place wasn't bad, it just wasn't overwhelming.

JP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb as usual. Kala never fails to impress on all levels.

JR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Really good service. Set menu excellent value for money

K
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an excellent restaurant but I do not wish to submit a review thank you.

K
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Still thinking about the ring doughnut 2 days later!

SJ
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. The Sunday lunch offer is excellent value. Will definitely be returning.

NB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great lively place on a Saturday night but can get very noisy !

CC
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First ever visit to Kala. We were made to feel very welcome from arrival. Great standard of cooking, and the service was outstanding. Already talking about our second visit next time we are in the City Centre!

MM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again excellent food and lovely service, custard tart amazing!

DC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been wanting to visit for ages and it didn’t disappoint. Had a lovely lunch. Food was absolutely brilliant, with particular mention going to the creme brûlée. Will definitely be going again.

JS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
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 on 25 January 2020
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 on 24 January 2020
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 on 23 January 2020
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 on 22 January 2020
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
15 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.