Buoyed by the success of its Bold Street, Liverpool venture, Bakchich is hopping over to Manchester’s city centre to shake some loose change out of the pockets of Mancunian Lebanese street food fans. This isn’t rampant, unchecked capitalism at work, mind; Bakchich is Arabic for loose change, and owner Otto Mellouki explains that what he aims to do at his new site at the Quadrangle on Chester Street is offer exotic food that’s accessible and affordable, and that is above all very, very tasty. Here, diners can enjoy the colour and flavour of Lebanese cuisine without breaking the bank. Maybe just the piggy bank.
Sticking out like a sore thumb from the glut of lesser Middle Eastern eateries that clog Manchester’s arteries, Bakchich is a new breed of Lebanese restaurant that is effortlessly on-trend in terms of look, vibe, and the fine food on offer. Siting Bakchich at the Quadrangle on Chester Street was a genius move (as was opening its Liverpudlian elder sister on Bold Street); Bakchich’s city centre location means thousands of diners are going to come away not only smiling and sated but also educated – eating here is a lesson in the riches of Middle Eastern and Lebanese culinary culture and hospitality. Open late during the week and later over the weekend, there’s ample opportunity to catch Bakchich in the act.
Workers in Manchester’s city centre (and party animals wandering the streets near the Quadrangle at dawn – why?) will breathe a sigh of relief when they hear that Bakchich is open for breakfast. Breakfast Lebanese style is something that every foodie should indulge in – our pick has to be the classic shakshouka (enquire within), or the Beirut-style omelette (vegetarian, too) with zaatar and Lebanese cheese. Plus, if you’re watching your bakchich levels, hearten to the fact that a full Lebanese or Arabic breakfast will sting you for less than a fiver. Things warm up with hot (and cold) mezze platters that are ideal for sharing with friends, while generous mains like shawarma wraps and platters, traditional charcoal-grilled dishes, and signature Bakchich burgers will satisfy bigger appetites. Unmissable are the house specials like the traditional Middle Eastern rice-dish kabsa with lamb, the vegetarian moussaka and the bourkouri halloumi (a healthy bulgur wheat, courgette, onion, garlic and Lebanese spiced salad with halloumi). Ambitious types should book a day in advance and let Bakchich know that they’re up for the kabsa with a full lamb, marak and a Bakchich salad. Bring a friend.
The restaurant was very cold, we had to sit with our coats on to eat. The waitresses were huddled around the food warming around to keep warm, but were also ignoring the customer, we had to wait over half an hour to pay the bill because of this. They brought out the main course whilst we were still wasting our starters. Won't be going back again
The food was fantastic and the staff really friendly; a great night!! Had to wait a little for the food, but it was ok since the drinks arrived promptly!
Thanks for an enjoyable meal and the mock tail was delicious and helped me to not be disappointed I could have no wine or take any in
Great food in a great atmosphere with great friendly service. What more can I say? We will be going back again soon, thanks guys !
I was travelling to Manchester by train from Lancaster to take my 3 nieces, one aged 16, and two of 10 who were travelling from Sheffield by train, to a show. I had booked for us to eat at Bakchich and they were already very helpful for my rather restricted diet. On the day, my journey from Lancaster became a nightmare with delay after delay,train changes galore and rail staff not having sufficient correct information which led to many changes of trains which either didn't leave or broke down! As the time I was supposed to meet my nieces passed and I was still in Preston I was obviously very concerned. Thank goodness for mobile phones! My 16 year old niece was able to locate the restaurant and took the younger ones there for a meal they all voted really delicious. The staff, who I had kept informed about my movements as best I could, were helpful and courteous at all times and were very welcoming to my nieces. Alas, I reached Manchester Oxford Road shortly before the show was due to begin so I missed the lunch I had been looking forward to but I was reassured to know my family were being looked after and had a good meal. I can't wait to go and sample the food myself!
Our first visit to Bakchich and it was an enjoybale one. Very extensive menu with plenty of choices for Mezze / Mains / Specials / Desserts and even Childrens meals. There were 3 in our party and the food, for the most part, was excellent. It was a very busy evening when we were there with a party of 40 being catered for. That probably accounted for the few slight quibbles we had. On the whole the service was good and very attentive although there was a delay in getting our drinks to us at the start. As I`ve said the food good on the whole although the Arabic bread wasn`t fresh , the spinach fatayer needed more flavour and the chips / fries were cold. On the plus side, my meatballs were lovely as were the lamb chops and the salmon that my friends ordered. Will definitely be going back.
We have visited Bakchich in Liverpool a number if times, and always been impressed by the great standard of food and service. The Manchester branch is no exception. The manager was very welcoming and highlighted the different dishes found on the Manchester menu. The food arrived quickly and was the same high standard found at the Liverpool branch. The service was excellent. We will visit again.
I'd been to the Liverpool branch and liked it so was interested to compare Manchester Bakchich; also it's very convenient for the Dancehouse Theatre, where we were going later. Food was generally good, although the green salad and tabouleh were rather roughly chopped. Prices are oddly variable; £5+ for a manaqeesh and £8.95 for a veggie mezze platter seem very steep, but the grills and other mains seem much more reasonable. Lovely muhalabiyyeh for dessert!
Bakchich was a great restaurant. The food was lovely and reasonably priced! The service was excellent, we came early and they seated us immediately and they happily accommodated a request to keep a present for one of the party which they brought out at the end as a surprise! I would recommend it to anyone and will be going back. :)
We weren't sure where to eat on our recent visit to Manchester, and found Bakchich through google. We thought the menu looked interesting and the chance to try Lebanese cuisine was interesting. We weren't disappointed, the food was great, really tasty and lots of it. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting Manchester.