Kala

4.7
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488 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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AndrewL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to be at the brilliant Kala for a last supper on the last night before the enforced closure. It was poignant but delightful

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JanetW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Despite not being a vegetarian, the cauliflower dish was so rich, filling and above all tasted amazing.
A really enjoyable meal. My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays - in advance. We're so glad we chose to do so at Kala. ❤️

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KayleghT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing food and service. Best Sunday dinner I’ve had in a long time. Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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ojc1
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Friendly service. The food was delicious. Very tasty, and interesting ingredients. Would recommend as great value for money.

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Argy
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

had a very enjoyable evening
food was tasty and well presented but maybe a bit on the large side which I found over facing
would definitely return as it was a lovely atmosphere

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Aliann
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Some of the best service I’ve had in the UK. The food was lovely and on point, but I’d return because the team is fantastic and really makes the experience.

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DavidR
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as before - food, service, pace. Now favourite manchester restaurant and can’t wait to return!

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RebeccaD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a busy Saturday evening service excellent, effective but unobtrusive. All three courses excellent. Wine recommendation brilliant- white Rioja - lovely. Was a little noisy, soft furnishings might soften this.

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LucyD
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, chatty and friendly waiter. Gorgeous food. 100% recommend this restaurant.

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StevenH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and fantastic food. Will be back again.

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Chris
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive mix of flavours and textures, excellent cuisine, very tasty. Very enjoyable. Attentive and friendly and efficient service.

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Scott
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and equally brilliant food. Will return for sure.

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tammyW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ... and really appreciated the happy birthday plate . Will def return when in the area . Front of house were exceptional

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DeanR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, our visit to Kala was superb. All of the staff were very welcoming and personable, attending to us without being overbearing, and interacted with our 3 year old too. The mackerel starter was well balanced and extremely tasty, and the mains (beef) were perfectly cooked and well-portioned. I had parkin, which was rich and indulgent, my wife had the donut with honeycomb ice cream which was lighter than expected in a good way.

Overall, an excellent experience that we look forward to repeating soon.

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jenny
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the menu was concise and interesting, food beautifully presented and very tasty. The Crocera Barbera red wine was very nice and the staff both friendly and professional. A really nice atmosphere

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kala was a bit of a lucky choice. I was looking for a restaurant in town and while searching found it related back to Hispi which I had heard of.
The menu offers a good choice without overwhelming you with options. Each course has a good variety of options with little similarities. I'd say this is one of the few menus where I struggled to choose from a handful of options and would gladly returned the next day for a completely different meal! Each of us had something different and were all delighted.

The staff were excellent, always nearby but never on your shoulder. Served and cleared without feeling like you were waiting or being pushed.

The restaurant is really a nice size, low light and nice atmosphere.

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DavidS
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and value. Great menu, quality ingredients, nothing fussy: Kala delivers on all fronts. Highly recommended.

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JaneyP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff were so friendly and the atmosphere lovely

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ShonaC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food in a lovely restaurant. I would certainly return.

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AlexF
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Being a fan of sticky walnut I was excited to try Kala and im pleased to say it did not disappoint. Staff were excellent when they discovered my little girl has allergies. We will be back 100%

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SarahS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for pre theatre/ early evening food and drinks. The food and service were excellent! I would recommend without hesitation!

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HelenC
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall a good experience but not like we are used to at Hispi. Some of the meat was disappointing, the rolled belly had crackling that was so chewy and hard it would have damaged a tooth.

An issue with undercooked chicken on a children’s plate was dealt with really well.

Won’t be returning as Hispi has a better atmosphere (the noise level is too loud) and also has better food. Never ever had a bad meal there and this just doesn’t match up.

Would suggest if you hadn’t been to Hispi then perhaps you might feel different...

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MiaE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing team in an amazing restaurant. Perfect for a romantic meal or a family dinner. Would recommend to everyone!

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AlisonF
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and great lunch menu with the choice of 2 or 3 courses.

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ChristineD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was absolutely fantastic. The food was amazing and the staff particularly played an important role in making the visit outstanding. All members of staff were friendly and the the manager went out of his way to make our time at the restaurant special. Thank you very much.

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MartinM
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited here having been to one of their other group restaurants in Liverpool (Wreckfish Bistro). Very impressed with the quality of food and the relaxed but attentive service and, in my opinion, slightly better than the Liverpool restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless and incredible food, fantastic value for money.

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PaulJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food as ever at a Gary Usher restaurant was first class, consistently interesting and more to the point, very tasty. But the service raised it to another level. Very knowledgeable and approachable staff, happy to indulge as we debated the merits of Croatian wine ( an excellent white) for far too long! Can’t wait to go back.

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HelenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, friendly service, good value, good location

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AnneB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parkin ! After that Featherblade Oooft.
Nuff said

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NickH
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal at Kala, attentive service and great quality food produced. Perfect place for a date night with the Mrs.

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thegreenbank
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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Stargull
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipSusanR
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Pilatesse
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarcWalker
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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!

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GavinM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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JamesB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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.

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PINGI
Manchester
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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