Tuesday, 25 September 2018

MCR's Hidden Vegan Secret #13: The Deaf Institute

MCR's Hidden Vegan Secret #13: The Deaf Institute

Location: Oxford Road/University area

Address: 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE
Category: Bar with diner style food.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-late Sun 3pm-late. Food served until 10pm.
Veganness: Serves meat. Sundays are fully vegan.
Price range for meal: £6-£17
Wait for food: ~15 minutes


The Deaf Institute is a music venue and bar located near Manchester Metropolitan University, just off Oxford Road, less than a 10 minute walk from Oxford Road train station. Arguably more known for their music venue situated on the first floor, the Deaf Institute serves some of the best diner style vegan food in Manchester. Around half of their menu is now vegan, and on Sunday's they host the Vegan Hangover, where their menu is fully vegan.

To start off their menu, they have a few smaller dishes. They join one of the ever growing number of places offering deep fried cauliflower meant to mock popcorn chicken. These things are highly addictive. You've been warned. You can also get mac n cheese, loaded nachos, avocado hummus and falafel as one of their smaller dishes.

Next they offer a selection of flatbreads and wraps, all of which are vegan. Falafel wrap, avocado flatbread and the eggplant & red pepper flatbread are all available. Their bowls of curries and salads are all also vegan. These are the options that you might want to try to be more healthy and avoid the junk food. They include cauliflower tikka masala, sweet potato thai curry,  butternut squash Moroccan tagine and a superfood salad.

They have a range of burgers and hotdogs available but during the week only 2 of them are vegan - the mac n cheese dog and the holy seitan burger. Both of these are amazing. On Sundays there is a wider range available. The Deaf Institute always has vegan specials as well which change on a regular basis so keep an eye on the specials board.

The Deaf Institute has to be one of my favourite places for vegan desserts. You can get vegan ice cream made by the wonderful vegan dessert parlour Ice Shack (see our review of Ice Shack here), a chocolate brownie bowl and sticky toffee pudding. On Sundays they have an extended selection of vegan desserts worth checking out including vegan meringue!

The Deaf Institute is fairly reasonably priced for a proper meal out, is open every afternoon and evening. Upstairs there are gigs or club nights on most days of the week. It doesn't really affect noise on the ground floor, but it can sometimes be busy in the bar leading up to the doors for gigs opening (usually around 7:30). They even have a few seats outside, so if it's sunny why not enjoy your food and drink in the sun?

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