MCR's Hidden Vegan Secret #14: Common Bar
Location: Northern Quarter
Address: 39-41 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW
Category: Diner style bar
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-late. Food served until 9pm
Veganness: Serves meat.
Price range for meal: £8-£15
Wait for food: ~15-20 minutes
The Northern Quarter is what you might call the epicentre of vegan eateries in Manchester. There's pretty much vegan options on almost every street. Probably my favourite street though has to be Edge Street, where Manchester's most famous vegan eatery exists, V Rev. But you'll have to wait for the review for V Rev, this is about the blue bar across the road from V Rev called Common.
Common is a vibrant and trendy bar who have in the last year or two started offering lots of vegan options on their menu. Whenever I ask people in the Manchester vegan community for recommendations for a vegan breakfast, someone always recommends Common. It is a really good vegan breakfast. There are several vegan options for breakfast - a full fry up, a vegan hash and what they called "frijoles on toast". You can also choose your own from a list of ingredients. Here's what the vegan fry up looks like:
On all the menus you will find the vegan options labelled with (vv) which makes it easy to find. They do also serve meat. On their main menu they have plenty of vegan options. On the small plates the 2 vegan options are Korean Tofu and Padron Pep-Peps (grilled peppers). The only sandwich they do which is vegan is falafel wrap. They have 2 vegan burgers, an amazing katsu tofu burger and a more traditional vegan burger. As part of the big plates they offer 2 vegan options, a katsu curry and bahn mi, which is what I might describe as a Korean style tofu baguette (pictured below). All the sides are also vegan which include incredible kimchi fries. They also usually have vegan options on the specials board.