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.
- Monday 11:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
- Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
- Friday 11:00 - 23:30
- Saturday 11:00 - 23:30
- Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
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.
Great service, especially from Mohammed. He made me feel very welcome as soon as I entered the restaurant. Although I was alone whilst waiting for my 2 friends who were running late he did not try and rush me. The food was great as always.
The food is consistently great and service is quick and friendly without ever feeling rushed. The portions are generous and provide good value for money
Food really nice and friendly staff and atmosphere & good price too. First visit there with family and all enjoyed & definitely going back there. Recommending without hesitation.
Really enjoyed meal here. Great selection on menu, attentive staff and great decor. Didn't feel rushed. Loved the hummus selection, Soujoc and Moroccan mint tea especially. Thanks!
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. :)
I booked a table here because I love the food at the Liverpool branch but the service tends to be very poor. Sadly... Although when we first arrived, the staff were friendly and attentive, a large party arrived at the same time as we wanted to order our food. There was no one available to take our order then, when a waiter came he didn't actually send the order to the kitchen. We waited 30 minutes before anyone came back to check, when we explained that we were waiting for food and drinks, which it transpired had never been ordered. After that, things were quite efficient and they did compensate us appropriately but it was quite disappointing. A real shame about the service because the food is delicious!
Food 4/5. Service 3/5. Atmosphere 4/5. Minor issues we had: 1) One of our starters was not received but the problem was resolved by friendly staff. 2) I ordered a sweet potato falafel wrap (as a platter), I got the regular falafel wrap which was not a platter. I didn't bother to say anything but I'm sure they would have resolved it. But we were a group of 4 and I didn't fancy waiting for a new meal. 3) When paying the bill, I requested they do not use contactless (to which they acknowledged). However, they used contactless which ruffled my feathers. Overall the food was great and the staff were polite/friendly (however could do with listening more). I would go again. Please consider: Im a grumpy person
The food is really tasty and you get really big portions aswell! Luckily we decided not to opt for a starter which we soon realised was definitely the best course of action because we struggled to finish our HUGE main course. Overall, it's a lovely little place with great food but incredible customer service. The staff are probably the friendliest I've come across in a very long time! Would definitely recommend, and have already told all my friends about it.
Great time, went to Bakchich for my birthday dinner, group of 8. Very nice atmosphere and nicola who served our table was very pleasant. Food was excellent, well presented and good value for money. Enjoyed myself throughly.
Fantastic food, fast and friendly service, brilliant decor and delicious food at reasonable prices. I couldn't ask for anything more in a restaurant experience and will definitely be recommending this to others and hopefully coming back when I next visit Manchester. I've rated the noise as average because there was a lively buzz to the place, but still plenty of opportunity to chat to your dinner companions - just right for me!
The food here was plentiful and very tasty. We had booked the table as we were a party of 6 but on this occasion we could easily have just popped in. We shared 2 meat meze which had lamb and chicken shwarma, kibbeh, falafel , babaganu, humous and salad. Our mains were meat balls, lamb shank, mixed grill and lamb chops, all cooked to perfection! Will definitely visit again.
Bakchich never lets you down! It's a place where you are guaranteed amazing food and great customer service! A place to chill in a great environment! My all time fav Lebanese restaurant
Your food is absolutely lovely,we been in Liverpool one few times before and when we found out that you are in Manchester also we booked the table straight away! Quality food for a brilliant price! Love the deco and very friendly staff! Please open one in Chester and we promise we will visit you at least once a week! Thank you again!
The food price a and quantities were great. We sat at the back of the restaurant this time (7 rather than 2 of us) and the service was a little all over the place. Wrong things delivered, one person left waiting for main quite a while after others, etc. still a nice evening but was a little erratic, felt like because we were at the back had been forgotten about a little
The food was absolutely brilliant but the customer service let it down. We were told we had one hour to eat and we couldn't go over this time. We came in earlier than our booking time, the place wasn't heaving with people and there was spare tables. We were refused a seat and was told to wait until our exact reservation time. It was like talking to a robot, rather than a human. Fair enough it was New Year's and they wanted to maximise their takings, but there's limits.
Visited for lunch. We had great service, lovely large portion sizes. Great place to go for lunch as food arrived really quickly. Will definitely visit Bakchich again.
Great food and lovely service. Have wanted to try out Bakchich in Manchester for a while, and based on this we will definitely be going back!
Delicious food and lovely juice combinations, and polite and attentive staff. Will be returning ,and very much recommend for others to pay Bakchich a visit.
Bakchich was great, the service was good and the food was nice. I like the decor and it's good that there is a prayer room.
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Bakchich. The food was really nice and a bit different! It was also really good value. The ginger and lime drink I had was gorgeous!!
Very friendly, quick service and comprehensive menu. The vegetarian mezze set a high standard and was generally better than the mains--kebabs and falafel were overcooked and a bit dry. Having said that, we would go again, it might be they were just having a bit of an off day and it was the Christmas rush after all!
It was my first time to try out Lebanese food and me and my friend were quite amused by the food... Defnately be going back next week. The staff were very friendly and helpful... But maybe we have small appetites but there was just too big portions!!!
Lovely place, smelt great as you walked in. Food was very tasty. Our waiter was pretty clueless though, unfortunately. He couldn't explain what the dishes were other than pointing at the menu description, and tried to clear our plates when we said a few times that we weren't finished! I'd go back again though :)
Food was beautiful but could have been served hotter as I like my food to be steaming when it reaches the table. It was not full that night and it wasn't the end of the night but we felt like we were being rushed to leave. Enjoyed our meal, well cooked and full of flavour!
Food gorgeous and very good value for money. Manager was fantastic, excellent hospitality and knew customer service inside out, but the service from the rest of the staff left a little to be desired. This is the only reason it's not full marks. We visited at 1700 on a Thursday night. Literally 3 tables occupied... should not have been down to the manager to run the section...
Great service, the waiters were very friendly, great decor the restaurant looks fab, loved Fairouz being played! The food was amazing too and not even expensive. I also noticed the restaurant was very clean. would definitely recommend it to friends and family :)
Excellent food and friendly service. We have been to the Liverpool restaurant a few times but this was our first visit to the Manchester branch and we where really impressed. Both the meat & veggie mezze for one are very good.
Absolutely massive portions - wish I hadn't ordered a starter!!!! We shared the meze starter - the portion for one was plenty for two as a starter. Brilliant staff, excellent service and great value for money. Would definitely go back.
Went for lunch on Saturday with 2 children, we had a very warm welcome, interior was light airy and spacious. Food was hot, presented well and very tasty. We will be going back with friends for the evening.
Excellent food! Very fresh, huge variety, good quality and loads of veg and meat choices. Very friendly customer service and we even received some complimentary shwarma to taste. Very reasonably priced as well. Would definitely go back.
Food, staff and ambiance was great. Handy location with free parking after 8 PM. If you're in to mezzes, grills and other Middle Eastern goodies which won't break the bank, this is the place for you!
Great food although the staff could do with a little more menu training. We had ordered a couple of dishes that were very similar to eachother. Possibly our own fault for not reading the menu correctly however staff should have maybe picked up on it. That said food was great. Best falalfal ever had!
Food is lovely, great selection too for vegetarians and meat eaters. Service is OK and staff are nice but it's not 100% efficient. Big portions for the money too. Not licensed for alcohol but the soft drinks are imaginative. Definitely will be back.
Nice food, friendly staff and nice surroundings. No alcohol served, don't know if you can take your own Lovely evening for both my sister and I on a trip to Manchester for the Christmas markets.
The food was fantastic. It was really tasty and great value. The restaurant was light and airy and there was plenty of atmosphere. Everywhere was very clean and the service was friendly and efficient. We would definitely go back to this restaurant.
Fun decor, spacious booths, friendly and prompt service, delicious drinks and freshly prepared dishes in generous portions! Salmon chargrilled to perfection. Reasonable prices, would visit again if nearby. Interesting state/mezze selection too, some refreshing departures from the falafel/hummus norm to try.
The place is very nice. Staff very attentive and friendly. Food was also very good. You get a lot of food for your money. Definitely worth a visit. I'll be returning for sure.
Food arrived quickly and was very tasty with generous portions. The restaurant was very clean and bright and the staff were pleasant. They do not serve alcohol but have a good range of soft drinks. Good value for money.
Staff and food were excellent, the only problem we had was they brought out the starters and main course together. When I explained that we did not want them together it was no problem and they took them away.
Good food excellent service. The food was prepared quickly and the service was excellent. The guy who served us was extremely helpful and gave us plenty of guidance on what to order
Amazing food, great portions and very friendly staff! Extremely good value for money. The waiter was attentive and professional despite looking nervous as it was his first day! All in all, incredible!
The food here was amazing and delicious, the service was impeccable and the price reflected what you got and was not extortionate either. Overall great experience and will be returning very soon
Great food friendly service. Rice was done really well, Didn't think falafel was anything special until I tried some here. Would go back again. Washed down with tea and baklava was good.
Food was very substantial but not spectacularly tasty. The flatbread was really good, one of the best I've ever had. The chips were a little flaccid ( I suspect they may have been frozen) but the meat skewers lacked spicing. Service was very good & extremely friendly.
The food was great and the staff was very helpful and nice. We all enjoyed a perfect dinner last night. Thank you very much. I have already booked for Friday lunch.
It was our first time, very friendly, tasty food and the pricing was spot on, so we will definitely be visiting again, thank you for a great service. Liam & Leah
Amazing fresh tasty food. Excellent service and hospitality. Great atmosphere with attentive knowledgable staff who happily explain the menu to those new to Lebanese food. Can't wait to come back.