• First look at Bab, NQ showcase for gourmet kebabs

First look at Bab, NQ showcase for gourmet kebabs

4 December 2018 by Neil Sowerby

GROWN up kebabs were the selling point for Yadda Yadda, until recently resident guest kitchen at Electrik bar in Chorlton and we loved the product. Now NQ brunch favourites Pen & Pencil have launched their own take on the grilled meat favourite.

BAB, just off Stevenson Square, is a 60 cover restaurant with an open chargrill kitchen, open to the public this week and promising creative kebabs, homemade marinade sauces and even homemade iced teas from its open kitchen. It is open seven days a week, 12pm-10pm, and the decor is NQ casual with wooden tables and plenty of whitewashed brick and deep green tiles.

The menu includes both kebabs, and non-babs, with a selection of meze which can be shared by the table or eaten as a starter. Stand-outs are Lamb Adana (below) with with feta labneh, radicchio and pomegranate; Chicken with aleppo chilli, hummus, and peppers; or hanger steak with cauliflower, cumin and chilli. Veggie options will include paneer with carrot and currants or falafel with tomato, harissa and pistachio. Kebabs will be served with homemade flatbread and pickled chilli. 

The ‘non-babs’ selection features stone bass with winter tabbouleh or aubergine with tomato, kale and baba ganoush. Meze dishes, as starters or to share, include hummus, lamb bon bons, and coal-baked sweet potato. 

P&P’s Kevin Connor told ToM “This new concept, completely different from what we do at The Pen and Pencil, is all about the food. Everyone’s eaten a kebab, often on the way home from boozy nights out!. These though will be special – fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Our chefs have spent the last six months creating the menu, we’re going make our own bread, our own paneer and have some amazing cuts of meats and fish with home-made marinades and sides.”

For Mancunians wanting to be first on the BAB scene, they are offering 50% off on kebabs for bookings made to eat in on either day through BAB@downatthesocial.co.uk.

Underneath BAB will be Honey Trap Club – a Berlin-inspired basement dive bar with no airs and graces. Think beer, shots of whisky, dirty cocktails, and table football..

BAB, 14 Little Lever Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1HR. 0161 806 0813. 

Pictures by Georgie Glass