New bar spy - Kala

Chef restaurateur Gary Usher announces his sixth restaurant on King Street


Last updated . By Anisah Audu.


18 Sep

What they say:

With four critically-acclaimed restaurants and another in the process of opening, Gary Usher shows no sign of slowing down his empire. Adding to his portfolio of popular neighbourhood style bistros, is Kala on King Street. The sixth site follows Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall, Wreckfish in Liverpool,  Hispi in Didsbury and the forthcoming Pinion in Prescot - three of which have been crowdfunded by the public. Usher successfully raised over £103,000 in just over a week for Burnt Truffle, then £50,000 for Hispi, followed by £200,000 for Wreckfish and currently aims to raise £50,000 within 24 hours for Pinion - a true testament to the much-loved chef's community ties and quality of cooking. 

What we say:

While Usher has been tight lipped regarding details of Kala - which translates to black in Urdu - we are expecting the same carefully sourced ingredients and an a la carte menu like its predecessors. Signature dishes at nearby Hispi include the eponymous confit hispi cabbage and duck breast with duck fat potatoes, pickled mushrooms and carrots. Further afield at Sticky Walnut, you can go for mains such as oak-smoked chicken breast with salt baked celeriac and drizzled with green pepper dressing. Fans of Usher can expect the same small-bistro style atmosphere and lovingly cooked food. If you live in Manchester and haven't been to the existing restaurants, now is your chance to get a taste.