*Updated July 2019*
I eat out quite a bit in Manchester City Centre, usually after work or for lunch, and every once in a while I treat myself to a breakfast out too. Earlier this month I went out for breakfast to a place called Opium after checking out their menu online and seeing they have halal options.
Read on to see how it was, and to see my rundown of 5 other places in Manchester City Centre and beyond where you can go for halal breakfast or brunch.
1. Chai Latte
Based in the Northern Quarter, Chai Latte has more of a casual feel than the other halal breakfast places I’ve written about here. They describe themselves as “Pioneers of the halal full English breakfast”.
They’re open from 8am and their “full English” costs £7.50 including: Two Sausages, Fried Egg, Three Rashers Turkey Bacon, Hash Brown, Baked Beans, Mushrooms, Tomato, Toast with Freshly Ground Coffee/Pot of Tea.
I haven’t visited for breakfast recently, but I remember going there in a group of around 8 girlfriends who were visiting Manchester and everyone liked it! As I recall they have a space to pray here too plus the menu has some good vegetarian options too.
Chai Latte 1-3 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN
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Also based in the Northern Quarter, Evelyn’s has a cool kinda vibe (all the Muslim bloggers from outside of Manchester make a point to visit when they’re in town) and that’s reflected in the options on their breakfast menu – you won’t find dishes like this in many other places!
For example, the most expensive item on the breakfast menu, at £12.50 is “steak & egg, flat iron, fried egg, watercress, shoestring fries, avocado oil”
Go here if you’re feeling hip and want some instagram-worthy food!
Breakfast is available Monday to Sunday 9am until 12pm.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB
You’ll find Zouk just to the south of the city centre, towards Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. They’re an Indian restaurant and so their offering is “Manchester’s only Indian Brunch”.
This desi brunch is available Wednesday to Friday 8am – 12noon and on the weekends 9am – 1.30pm.
Their Maharajas Breakfast consists of: Scrambled or fried eggs served with seekh kebab, turkey rasher, spicy tomatoes, mushrooms, spicy baked beans and kulcha.
Zouk, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS
4. Comptoir Libanais
This Lebanese restaurant in Spinningfields opens at 10am every day and serves breakfast until 11.30am. They have your usual breakfast pastries and the rest of the menu has a Lebanese twist, like the granola with date syrup and roasted mixed nuts, plus some tasty looking cooked breakfast options too. Their “Comptoir Full Breakfast” includes: Spicy Armenian lamb sausage, fool moudamas (I have not idea what this is!!) zaatar roasted mushrooms, sumac fried egg, chargrilled tomato, Lebanese potatoes and flat bread. All this for £8.45 which is rather reasonable in my opinion!
I haven’t been here for breakfast, but I’ve visited for dinner quite a few times including with large groups – this is quite a big restaurant so if you’re a bigger group this place can probably accommodate.
Also, the Lebanese spiced hot choc is amazing!
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Comptoir Libanais, 18-19 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HF
5. Caramello Didsbury
Outside of the city centre, if you head to Didsbury, nestled down a side street you will find Caramello. They describe themselves as an “Artisan Cafe, Gelato & Patisserie”.
Their menu is fully halal, with turkey bacon used in their Full English cooked breakfast, and some great vegetarian options too. The awesome thing about this place is they serve breakfast all day! So for you super super late breakfasters, this is THE place to go. They’re open 9am – 5pm Monday – Sunday.
Their Full English comes in at £9.50 and includes: eggs, sausages, turkey bacon, beans, breakfast mushrooms, hash brown, grilled tomato and toast.
I visited on a Saturday late morning, and there was a bit of a wait for a table, because it’s pretty small inside and they don’t take bookings unless your group has 8 or more, but it was totally worth it. I believe they’ve opened up the upstairs now too, so I think there’s more seating.
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Caramello of Didsbury, 10 Whitechapel St, Manchester, M20 6UB
6. Tutku’s Cafe Chorlton
Another place I visited recently, outside of the city centre was Tutku’s Cafe in Chorlton. Their menu isn’t fully halal, but they do assure you that their halal meat is cooked separately to their non-halal options.
On their cooked breakfast menu they have 3 halal options and lots of vegetarian choices too. Your standard halal cooked breakfast come with: 1 fried egg, two slices of turkish sausage, tomato, mushrooms, a hash brown and some baked beans – all for £5.80. Their “Big Halal Breakfast” is pretty much the same, but in larger quantities.
They also do a “Turkish Breakfast” where your eggs and Turkish sausage are served with fresh sliced tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, halloumi cheese, olives and jam.
In terms of the cafe itself, it’s deceptively big, I was surprised to see so many tables when I went in. The atmosphere was really relaxed and staff were friendly.
They only accept cash, which is a bit of an inconvenience, however there are lots of banks in this area of Chorlton (the road junction is even nicknames “four banks” because there’s a bank on each corner!).
Tutku Cafe, 428 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 8AD
[Update: Feb 2019 Opium has now closed down unfortunately! But keeping the review here for reference!]
Based on Deansgate, in the Great Northern, Opium markets itself as a “wood fired pizzeria & cocktail grill”. I have walked and drove past loads of times on evenings out and it was only recently I spotted the halal sign in the window.
This place has quite a luxury feel to it, plush dark seats and tables, there’s definitely a cocktail bar vibe – even at 11am! The space is quite small inside, with a few tables at the front, and an upper level with tables which overlook the bar. I wouldn’t really recommend if your group is larger than 4 people.
Breakfast is available 8am – 4pm and when we visited me and my friend were both quite taken with the “Arabic Breakfast” on the menu. At £10 it promised: 2 eggs, 2 sujuk sausages, grilled haloumi, grilled tomatoes, marinated saute potatoes, hummus, grilled fresh chilli & paratha.
We had to wait over 20 minutes for our breakfast to arrive, and it was really frustrating to see other people (who had arrived and ordered after us!) getting their standard breakfasts delivered before ours.
When our food finally arrived, it was decent, but not amazing. I was disappointed to see the paratha looked and tasted like the frozen ones I buy from the supermarket and have at home, rather than freshly made. I posted the pic on Instagram and a friend of Arab origin commented “what’s so Arabic about this breakfast?!”. Don’t let that put you off giving it a try though!
I’d say this place is definitely worth a visit, the intimate setting is really nice. Another plus is that they have a kids breakfast menu too.
Opium 225 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
If you liked this post, you may enjoy my big fat list of halal food restaurants in Manchester City Centre.