Monday, 28 August 2017

MCR's Hidden Vegan Secret #2: The Hip Hop Chip Shop @ Kosmonaut

The Hip Hop Chip Shop @ Kosmonaut

Location: Northern Quarter
Address10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
Category: Fish & chip shop and bar
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
Veganness: Serves meat.
Value for money: 7/10

Kosmonaut is a bar in the Northern Quarter. We're not bothered about the bar, we're bothered about what's in the kitchen. The Hip Hop Chip Shop started life catering festivals and weddings. In March 2016 they set up their trailer in MediaCityUK, where it still lives to this day. In October 2016 they opened up at Kosmonaut.

As you expect by the name, it's a fish and chip shop. Except not as a takeaway but more like pub grub. Most of their food is not suitable for vegans so we won't talk about those options. What they are brilliant at, is battering and deep frying food. They have one amazing vegan main meal - the Vegangstarr Meal. This is soda battered vegan sauage, chips and minty mushy peas. This costs £7.50. Just look at it:

The vegan sides are also amazing. Chilli batter onion rings. Beer batter gherkins. Beer batter plantain. Chilli batter potato scallops. You can also bring your own chocolate bar and they will batter and deep fry it for you for 50p. They have lots of vegan dips including vegan mayonnaise.

Through Deliveroo and UberEats you can get deliveries, if you live close enough.
This is definitely one of my favourite vegan meals in Manchester and I highly recommend it. However, I once went in and they did not have any of the vegan sausage in so it may be worth checking with them first.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

MCR's Hidden Vegan Secrets #1: Little Aladdin

Little Aladdin

Location: Northern Quarter
Address: 72 High St, Manchester, M4 1ES
Category: General takeaway
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm Sun 12pm-8pm
Veganness: 100% vegan.
Price range for meal: £3-£8
Wait for food: Less than 5 minutes

Little Aladdin is a takeaway that has been around for many years. Situated on High Street, opposite Dough and around the corner from the Arndale Centre, Little Aladdin transitioned to become the first 100% vegan takeaway in the city centre in 2016. It's not ashamed to be vegan either, with a large sandwich board outside the shop proclaiming that it is vegan and proud.

This gem serves a range of 15 different vegan curries, including Manchester's famous rice & 3 curries for £4.99. There is a choice of 3 different burgers - soya, spicy bean and vegetable. Also offered is a variety of falafel/tofu/bhaji/chip wraps, vegan naan breads, Indian starters, and of course onion rings. There's even vegan mayonnaise for your chips and burgers.

Little Alladin has fast become my go to place for a cheap bite to eat either on my lunch at work or if I have some time to kill in the evening in town.

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