Restaurant Review: Bill’s Veganuary Set Menu in Manchester *

It is just a few week’s into the New Year and if one of your new year’s resolutions is to start eating more plant-based food or to lead a more healthy life then you would love this post as we are sharing the latest Vegan Set Menu from Bill’s in Manchester to celebrate Veganuary.   There are two Bill’s in Manchester, we visited the branch at John Dalton St for an early lunch and it was already buzzing with people.  Known for its great breakfast menus’, patrons start pouring in as early as 7.30am on a weekday to have a quick breakfast before they head off for work or meetings. The restaurant looks so inviting and pleasing to the eyes, especially with its tasteful and atmospheric lightings.  The huge chandeliers hanging above our table definitely caught your eyes.  In a bid to be more healthy, we decided to review their Veganuary set menu (only available throughout January) which consisted of a Vegan Duck Salad and Roasted Butternut Squash as well as Lentil and Coconut Soup for starters.  Butternut Squash, Turmeric and Coconut Stew and Aubergine as well as Lentil and Chickpea Dhal for mains and finally the Coconut Ice-Cream for dessert. So keep on reading to find out more about the menu and here’s to a new you!

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As you can see from the photos we have shared the restaurant has an open feel to it, emphasizing on the rustic look yet giving it a modern and chic feel to it.  The restaurant has a seating capacity of about 130 pax inside while on a nice day, they also have an outside area which can accommodate around 20 pax.  Besides their walk-in guests they often also cater to large parties as they have a lovely secluded area in the restaurant where guests feel like they can have a private area although it is an open concept (due to the arrangement of the furnitures).

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For our first starter, we ordered the Vegan Duck Salad, we were curious if the vegan duck which is made from seitan, also known as “wheat meat” would taste anything like real duck.  To our surprise, it did. I have tried fish/chicken and pork made from soy products before and love the duck ‘meat’ texture.  While Lex who had never tasted seitan before also thought the flavours were so accurate. For those who are wondering what Seitan is, well…Seitan is made from wheat flour dough which is washed with water until all the starch is removed, leaving just insoluble gluten. This gluten is then cooked and used as a meat substitute.  The duck salad was mixed with a coriander and miso dressing, it also consisted of cucumber, carrots, cabbage, spring onions and baby gem with a sprinkling of sesame seeds which gave the salad a nice crunch. We totally loved how fresh the salad tasted and the aftertaste of the chilli was just what we needed to awaken our tastebuds.  We did not stop till our plate was empty.

 

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For our second starter, we ordered Roasted butternut squash, lentil and coconut soup for starters.  Hands down, this must have been one of our favourite starters we have ever had! The rich and flavoursome soup with an India themed to it tasted so homey and something we could eat either for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The addition of lentils to the butternut squash gave it a fuller flavour and the addition of the coconut made it so moreish. We basically wiped our bowl clean.  We have to add that the earthenware kept the soup piping hot even till the very end was is a plus point for us. It was the right portion size too and the seeds gave the soup more texture which was lovely.

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What’s special about Bill’s is that they do sell a lot of their products for patrons to buy either at their stores directly or online. Products include teas, coffees, jams, sauces, juice, vinegar, hot sauce, cookies and much much more. They also do a great selection of drinks and cocktails at the bar.

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For our mains, we decided to order the Aubergine, lentil and chickpea dhall which consisted of cherry tomatoes, coriander, toasted almonds and grilled flatbread. We loved how the flatbread was still soft and it was great to scoop up the sauce. The aubergines were grilled and then added to the dish which meant that it still held its texture really well even though it was cooked to perfection. The almonds gave the dish a nice crunch to it and the lemon an extra zing (you could also leave the lemon out if you prefer). The flavours of this dish reminded me of an Indian soup which I used to have as a child which had a lot of spices in it such as cumin, fennel and pepper.  Although some may have found the soup spicy we did not, so we asked for some hot sauce and were presented with Bill’s spicy and fruity hot sauce (totally recommend trying this out the next time you pop by). The hot sauce was delish and we loved how it elevated the dish even more! This dish has some similarities to the roasted butternut squash soup so we would not pair it up together if you wanted to try something with a different flavour.

 

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For our next mains, we ordered the butternut squash, turmeric and coconut stew which was served with chargrilled red peppers and onions, mixed grains, kale and seeds.  All the components in this dish worked really well with each other. We loved how we felt so healthy even after a 2-course meal (at this point) and did not feel overly stuffed at all. As meat-eaters ourselves, we felt that the dishes were complete and we did not miss our meat. In fact, we felt a lot healthy already!

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Finally, to finish off our meal, we ordered the Coconut Ice-Cream which was exactly what we needed, something light, and smooth but yet not overly filling. The mango sauce and coconut flakes made the dessert taste even better than it already it.  We were in dessert heaven!

Would we head there again? Yes! We definitely would as the food tasted amazing and the staff were so courteous and obliging as well. The Vegan Set menu is a must try for vegans, vegan wannabes or even those curious enough to give it a go! Here’s their Vegan Menu which will be available throughout January. Good luck to those embracing Veganuary from all of us here at Yeah Lifestyle!Food-Review-Vegan-January-Manchester-Bills-Vegetarian-Blogger-Review-Menu

 

How much does their Vegan Set Menu Cost?
The Vegan set menu costs £11.95 for 2-course meal while for the 3-course meal it costs £14.95. The menu is served daily in January until 7pm.

 

What are their Opening Hours?
Mon to Thu – 7.30am until 10pm
Friday – 7.30am until 11pm
Saturday – 8am until 11pm
Sunday – 9am until 10.30pm

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Where is Bill’s in Manchester?
8-12 John Dalton St,
Manchester M2 6JP
0161 834 2756

 

About Bill’s

Bill’s was originally founded as a fresh produce store and café in Lewes, East Sussex by greengrocer Bill Collison in 2000. There are now over 80 restaurants across the UK, serving eclectic British dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The retail range has evolved from fresh fruit and vegetables into a large selection of gourmet Bill’s branded products, which are sold in store and at bills-shop.co.uk.  Opening its second Manchester branch recently, in the heart of the city centre.  The restaurant is a classic mix of Bill’s signature pieces – soft leather sofas, cosy booths and larger sharing tables, with two outside terraces; open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

 

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*We were invited to sample the food at Bill’s, all opinions are our own.

34 Comments

  1. January 11, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    That food looks absolutely amazing! I’m not vegan, but this food makes me think I should be! Om nom nom.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:31 pm

      Yes it looks and tastes amazing Stacie! We enjoyed it very much and yes…omm nom nom

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:30 pm

      Yes and the soups and starters are fabulous as well, kids would love it there

  2. Shatan
    January 12, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    Everything looks and sounds yummy. We need more places like this! Thanks for sharing your experience! Great Pictures!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:29 pm

      Yes we certainly do Shatan, its good, healthy and homey food! Thanks for your compliments too

  3. January 12, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    Oh gosh! The food looks amazing. I’m not a vegan but it looks so tasty.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      Yes we are not vegan ourselves but totally love their veganuary menu

  4. January 12, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    If I’m ever in the area, I’ll make sure to give it a try! Love eating out before heading to work in the mornings; makes a big difference in my day!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      A good and healthy breakfast is so important especially if you are having a long day afterwards

  5. Helen Neale
    January 12, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    This looks like a perfect place to dine and relax in Manchester. I will definitely want to stop here to try their food.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      So glad to hear that Helen, they have 2 branches in Manchester, see which one is easier for you to visit

  6. January 13, 2019 / 4:34 am

    This is some really delicious cuisine. I would love to try the whole menu sometime!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:25 pm

      Yes please do, their list is so long and you have plenty of choices too

  7. Andrea
    January 13, 2019 / 6:31 am

    This is great, thanks for sharing! The atmosphere and food look amazing, and your photos are excellent.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you Andrea, glad you enjoyed reading our blog post

  8. January 13, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    This food looks delicious! Will have to give it a try when I am next up in Manchester.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Yes please do, there are 2 branches in Manchester, see which is easier for you to get to

  9. January 13, 2019 / 10:45 pm

    That looks like a great place to eat. Looks like they have some interesting dishes.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Yes they certainly do, these are available only for January

  10. January 14, 2019 / 2:39 am

    The food looks incredible. I am not vegan but I’d love to try these

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 9:37 am

      We recommend this set menu for vegans and non vegans too Jasmine x

  11. January 14, 2019 / 9:56 am

    I love Bils so much and it’s so nice that more places are doing veganary dishes. The vegan duck sounds really interesting x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 5:00 pm

      The vegan duck was very flavoursome Rhian, so worth heading there in January just to try that dish

  12. January 14, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    Wow the food looks amazing, I’m also a meat eater but trying to eat healthier – need more greens in my life 😜 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Your welcome, this is a great vegan menu to try as you don’t feel like you are missing our on any meat

  13. January 14, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    I’m not vegan but the food looks so appetising! I love the sound of the coconut ice-cream!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Yes it was very appetising indeed and the coconut ice-cream was just the perfect finish

  14. January 15, 2019 / 9:55 am

    Bills looks like such a great place to go and eat. And the Veganuary menu sounds delicious!

    Louise x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      Yes it does Louise, we totally loved the menu

  15. January 16, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I couldn’t be a vegan full time but I love the look of this menu and would love to try it

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 10:01 am

      Same with us, we are not full time vegan, but this menu is so worth trying especially since it was really tasty

  16. January 16, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    I love the food at Bill’s – we frequently visit the one in Reading. I didn’t realise that they had this Veganuary menu though! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      So glad to hear from you Becca, their Veganuary menu is nationwide, so you could also try it at Reading. There is still time, we would not miss it if we were you.

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