A taste of Berlin has come to Manchester with the newest restaurant in the Corn Exchange, Döner Haus.
The Corn Exchange is one of my favourite places to eat as they have some incredible restaurants, and the latest addition Döner Haus Manchester will not disappoint in the slightest.
Myself & a friend headed there on the opening night to try out the Berlin-inspired quality kebabs and other German classics such as schnitzel and a foot-long frankfurter or bratwurst. For vegans, choices will include falafel bites, a vegan schnitzel and a veganwurst with accompanying sides like sauerkraut, skin-on fries, red cabbage and curry ketchup.
The 180-cover restaurant has taken over the former Byron site in the iconic Grade II listed city centre building, which faces onto Cathedral Gardens and includes dining space in the atrium. The first-floor space has also been transformed into a stylish bar area. This will be the second site for Döner Haus, which currently has a popular restaurant in Glasgow.
Sanjeev Sanghera, founder of Döner Haus, said: “It’s been found that in the UK doner is sometimes only as little as 25% meat, and that’s not what we’re about at all. Our meat content is extremely high, there’s no oil or wheat to fill it up.
“The best kebabs in the world are in Berlin. So we went over there – it was our first proper time off in about three years of working 100 hour weeks – and it just changed our lives. It completely changed our whole journey.
“In Berlin people order them as often and in the same way we order sandwiches.”
Even though I was tempted by so many other dishes, I just had to go for the Haus Döner. You can’t go to the Doner Haus for the first time & not order the Doner dish. The cocktail menu was huge, a cheeky cocktail or two just had to be ordered.
Now I can honestly say I’ve never had a Döner kebab that tasted as good as this. It. Was. Amazing. Like seriously amazing. The Döner meat was tasty, nothing like what you get at a greasy takeaway. It was cut finely in super long strips that were perfectly crispy on the edge. The Berlin döner was served with lettuce, onions, tomato, cucumber and garlic sauce served in a sesame seed fladenbrot & topped with feta cheese. Adding feta cheese is an absolute game changer, it just went so well with the meat.
My friend went for the Chicken Schnitzel, also available as a Veg-Schnitzel which is also vegan. The Schnitzel is a tenderised chicken breast with a crispy breadcrumb coating. Served with fries and side salad. She was equally impressed with her meal, the meat was juicy & tender whilst being super crispy. It was her first time trying Schnitzel & she loved it.
We went to the Döner Haus Manchester on a Saturday evening & whilst it was really busy we only had to wait a few minutes for a table.
You have the option of sitting inside the restaurant, near the conservatory is the nicest area of the restaurant but that doesn’t mean the rest of the place wasn’t stylish. Sitting in the forecourt was quieter with more tables available, the conservatory area was completely full so we opted for a booth instead. The decor inside is really stylish, the wood panelling looked gorgeous.
As mentioned, it was super busy but we were seated quickly with our drinks order taken. Thankfully we had some time before the waitress came back to take our food order as I was really struggling to decide, as always. It takes me forever to make up my mind. But once the order was taken it was only about 15 minutes before our food came.
We had a fantastic night. The food was awesome, the staff were great.
I will definitely be going back again. I’ve recommended this restaurant to so many of friends, my hubby can’t wait to try out Döner Haus Manchester himself. He’s so jealous that he didn’t get to come first time round.
So have you been to Döner Haus Manchester yet? Will you be trying it out for yourself?
*The two meals were gifted free of charge in exchange for this honest review.