• Plant-Based Vietnamese vegan street food and pho masterclasses are coming to KAMPUS

Plant-Based Vietnamese vegan street food and pho masterclasses are coming to KAMPUS

29 September 2021 by Deanna Thomas

After the successful recent run by seasonal fine dining champions Tine, it’s time for another temporary takeover at the Bungalow at KAMPUS. The latest residency at Manchester’s garden neighbourhood will be Bánh Vì who plan to pack an Asian plant-based punch during their pop up at the Kampus Bungalow residency.

Taking over the Bungalow from Friday 8 October, Alty Market favourites Bánh Vì are set to bring their captivating South East Asian plant based creations, inspired and influenced by their recent journey across South East Asia.

Expect a menu packed full of flavour - steaming, fragrant broths; delicious rice bowls; succulent crispy mushroom ‘wings’ and ‘Banh Mi’ – their spin on Vietnam’s best-loved sandwich. Diners can pair their meal with strong signature Vietnamese coffee (hot or iced), as well as a selection of Asian beers, homemade iced teas, or traditional infused teas.

Customers will also be able to try their hand in the kitchen too, by booking in with the team running Pho Masterclasses, as they pass on the secrets of creating perfectly-spiced vegan unami broth and summer rolls.

Bánh Vì was co-founded by Harry Yarwood and Jess King who started out at Tasty Cow in Altrincham. The couple went on to experience the best culinary experiences Asia had to offer, followed by an extended stay at a vegan retreat in Australia. Banh Vi was born from this adventure and was established at Altrincham Market two years ago. Since then, regulars have kept on returning for the bold flavours and textures that challenge expectations of plant-based food.

“Hot, sweet, salty, sour, bitter – we’ve always strived for the perfect flavour balance in our creations,” says Harry. “Since we started, we’ve won over so many regulars who now come back week after week for our take on Vietnamese and Malaysian food. Our ethos has always been about using the best ingredients, supporting local suppliers and just delivering amazing, creative menus that people fall in love with, whether they’re used to eating plant-based food or not. The vibe of the community at Kampus is absolutely perfect for us and we can’t wait to be filling the Bungalow with people who may be experiencing our signature Banh Mi sandwiches for the first time.”

Kampus, is a vibrant new neighbourhood built around a garden developed by HBD and CAPITAL& CENTRIC. Its collection of old and new buildings make use of historic buildings that have lain derelict for years. It is right next to Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village and just minutes from Piccadilly Station. This latest residency follows a buzzing summer of events at Kampus, with Mancunians flocking to the lush gardens for events hosted by the likes of Le Social and Isca Wines.

“We can’t wait to welcome the Bánh Vì team down at Kampus,” says Adam Brady from HBD. “Their bold flavours and hearty Asian food, all served up in the relaxed, intimate Bungalow, will be the perfect dose of escapism as Autumn draws in. Manchester has totally embraced our residencies this summer and we know they’ll get behind Banh Vi, for a taste of something a little bit different.”

Residents have already moved into the one and two bedroom apartments but the Kampus gardens and Bungalow are permanently open to the public, with the Bungalow operating as a village hall for pop-ups and community groups. The neighbourhood regularly hosts events and will be home to local independent bars, restaurants, cafés and retail from brands including General Stores, Nell’s Pizza and Pollen Bakery’s new café

Kicking off on Friday 8 October 2021 with 30 covers, the latest residency will run until the end of November. Bánh Vì will open Thursday to Saturday from 12pm – 11pm (food served until 9pm) and Sundays from 2pm – 7pm (food served until 5pm). 

Diners are advised to book ahead by contacting 07549133392. There is limited space for walk-ins.


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