BAB

4.4
101 reviews
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Quick Bite
Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter is filled with popular brunch spots, restaurants and takeaways. But how about tasting something new?

A kebab worth sitting down for.

We’re talking big flavours, vibrant, natural, locally produced ingredients and succulent cuts of meat. Watch our team of creative chefs make fresh flatbreads, from scratch, in our open theatre-style kitchen. We cook all of our flatbreads on a robata grill, giving each kebab that lovely charcoal flavour.

We know what works when it comes to kebabs and so all you need to do is sit down, relax and enjoy.

BAB is open for comfortable, casual dining 7 days a week, 12pm-10pm.
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OT
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, with a small but exciting menu, friendly and quick service. Will certainly return

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H
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

This is my third visit to Bab and I was disappointed. The food wasn’t as good this time, staff were very nice when we mentioned it at the end and even gave us 20% discount.

My first visit there the Greek chips had a garlic sauce and feta cheese. Absolutely gorgeous. They have now added extra things which has spoilt it. Too salty!

I would go back again but might leave it a while.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the lamb shawarma and it was delicious. I also recommend the Greek fries!! Really enjoyed eating here and will definitely be back!

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JT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at a very reasonable price. Will definitely be back for more

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SH
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

very tasty food, changing menu to last time which is good. Enjoyable and will come again!

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CP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

BAB food was delicious! The place was quiet as it was only a Tuesday but my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Service was great and the food came very quickly. Thoroughly enjoyable all round!

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RM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

For something a little different but let down a little by the food choices that were not that great.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing, but it was so loud! We were shouting at each other, and still couldnt hear each other.
Not sure how they'd rectify that, as its a fairly small room, but the food was well worth it.

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JJ
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely gourmet flavours in a relaxed, ambient atmosphere.

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GA
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was tasty, the meat was very well seasoned and tender, however I do think the Kebabs would benefit from substantially more salad. I had the pork souvlaki, which was essentially pork, pork scratchings, tzatziki and a sparse handful of mint and corriander leaves. It wasn’t very substantial, considering the kebab cost around £10.
Despite this, given the fact the food tasted nice I would probably eat here again - the atmosphere was good, and it wasn’t too expensive

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NW
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food brilliant value and friendly service. Really good spot for a meal with friends

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R
Lancashire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great kebabs every time. We love this restaurant. Good service.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Went on a Saturday night at 6pm with a party of 4. There was plenty of space and we could have walked in off the street, but we had booked in advance.

All 4 ordered chicken kebabs. All felt the kebabs tasted fishy so discussed this with the waitress. She explained all cooked on same grill, although with chicken at one side and fish on the other. She offered replacements but we declined.

The paprika fries we ordered came after we had all finished our kebabs. They were too salty so were barely edible.

All in all a bit of a shame. Some good ideas, nice presentation, nice space and the restautant looks good. Food and service will need to improve or it will not survive in the competitive Northern Quarter.

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PK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, the monk fish kebab is incredible!

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MS
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been wanting to try for ages and it didn’t disappoint. Good selection, friendly staff and gorgeous food. Will definitely be going back.

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RL
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was amazing but we were let down by the service. We were all going to get a dessert but we were left to our own devices after our plates were taken away. We were left that long that we asked for the bill instead, which we had to get up ourselves and ask for.

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LM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fab food that was reasonably priced! Great evening

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EF
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyable experience great value particularly usi g the happy hour offers

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OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal here, service was excellent (by the French waiter, couldn't remember his name). We had the octopus, chicken wings and hummus to start which were very tasty. The kebab mains were well cooked with such good flavour combinations, will definitely eat here again!

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CB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and great ambience, only really one guy serving (who did a great job) but definitely needed more staff

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H
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second visit to Bab. It’s a great place and the food is lovely. Everyone I’ve taken there have loved it. Will be going back again and making lots of recommendations.

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CL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, but very busy so service was lacking a little. Food was fresh, tasty and reasonable. Some of their items listed on the opentable app menu we’re not on their actual menu it seemed.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Changed the menu, not as good as what it was, not enough solids on the steak kebab, woman I imagine was the owner was kicking off with everyone asking for a table, I appreciate people might try there luck and coke in but there is a way to handle it. Had 3 good meals there in the last but if this 4th time was my first I wouldnt be coming back

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TS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Been to Bab 3 times now and food has always been excellent. However, do not expect a quick lunch. Food took over an hour to arrive (and has done the previous two occasions I've visited). Considering it's just kebabs there is no reason it should take so long. Quality good but given the volume of casual dining places in the immediate vicinity the kitchen service really needs improving if this is to be a long-term success.

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SA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food - and very imaginative and good value too. Staff were friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again!

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HH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Visited on Tuesday with my dad and my little sister. Everything was so nice and tasty.
My dad is a bit fussy and he said that he thought the octopus and the fried bread we had with our hummus was a bit greasy for him - could see where he was coming from but my sister and I loved it all anyway.
Staff were really friendly, food came quickly.
All in all was a lovely evening and would recommend to a friend.

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GI
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly the best food I’ve had in a long time. GO NOW!!!!

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E
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really tasty kebabs! Accommodating for kids with good portions!

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EB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food! There will be a choice for everyone! Good service too!

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S
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at BAB incredible, really tasty and the service was fab too- the staff were really knowledgeable and recommend some great food which we may not have chosen otherwise. Relaxed feel, perfect x thanks

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Love the industrial interior vibe however the resteraunt was cold and bare. The food was okay but the steak came out rare and we weren’t asked how we would like it cooked. Greek fries were great but disappointed with the actual kebab !

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t
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Good was absolutely amazing and would highly recommend, and will definitely be back for that.

The service needed a little polishing, although all the staff were very friendly - being asked for your order minutes after you've sat down and not having ordered drinks, and being asked if you wanted the bill as soon as you'd finished without being offered the desert menu, just make you feel a bit rushed.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was quality!

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

very nice food, not as good as the first time but will still go back. Service was a little slow

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B
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was chilled and comfortable, the food was excellent, really tasty kebabs (the pork and monkfish) and the Greek fries were amazing. We had the fig starter which was also delicious. We had a bottle of the wine that was on the happy hour and that was nicer than some wine I’ve paid a lot more for. We had a great evening and have already recommended it to our friends and we will definitely go again.

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L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Third time eating at Bab, great food as always. First time trying the hot sauces, went for the Susan Boyle sauce which was great, but will try hotter next time

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O
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Food was ok albeit fairly basic. Would not recommend this restaurant during a busy period as the restaurant appeared very understaffed and as such the service was quite poor.

More suited to lunch rather than dinner.

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C
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Good service, fantastic food. Environment a bit 'industrial' and in need of some acoustic management but I'd return nevertheless for the steak and Greek fries!

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CG
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was amazing. Had planned to have a chicken dish, but was told they were out of chicken. was very happy with the lamb kebab. Greek fries were delicious!

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SA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was lovely! Perfect portion size. Super lovely, friendly staff too!

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