Hands up who’s eaten the cheeseboard, eaten enough meat to knock out a granddad or two on the sofa for a few hours and enough sweet stuff to make a hygienist weep?
Yeah, me too.
So we’re all looking to get back to normal. To get our habits back on track, and maybe spend a week or two nibbling on broccoli to get over the overindulgence.
OK, maybe not quite that drastic, but we’re all very well aware that we’ve eaten and drunk a lot more than we should have, and it’s time to get control back.
And very pertinently, a completely vegetarian restaurant, serving Indian street food (and craft beer) has opened near Piccadilly. Manchester, say hello to Bundobust.
Down some stairs, you’ll find yourself in a surprisingly light and open space, surrounded by booth and bench seating, with a long bar at the back of the venue.
But the best bit is the smell that greets you when you head in. Rich spices from the kitchen, a hint of beery sweetness. This is comfort food you don’t have to feel guilty about.
So grab yourself a seat, hit the bar for a beer (they have wine, cocktail or soft drinks too if you’re doing dryanuary) and sip while you ponder the menu.
Personally? Go for a beer. The house beer – Bombay Dazzler – is a perfect match for the food on offer, but they have a range of great local beers on cask, and a vast range in the fridge.
And so, drink is sorted. Now time for the food.
Bundobust food is made for sharing. Beer snacks, small plates or additional sides, you can nibble at a little of everything. All dishes are vegetarian, with some vegan/gluten free and a few that can be easily made vegan for those who need it. One to make a note of if you’re doing veganuary this year.
Favourite dishes for me included the Bhel Puri, samosa pastry, puffed rice, tumeric noodles, red onion, tomato and tamarind chutney. Served cold, it’s crisp, sweet and sour, and possibly the best I’ve sampled.
The paneer and mushroom tikka too is delicious – marinaded in yoghurt and tikka spices, before being barbecued and served with spinach and tomato chutneys.
And then there are the biryani bhaji balls, rice flavoured with spices and rose, rolled into balls and fried, before being served swimming in a tomato sauce. As an arancini lover, these were a must.
Everything sampled at the opening was fantastic. Well spiced, but not ‘hot’, and the combo for 6 is an absolute bargain – grab five friends, and sample everything on the menu for £66 (so £11 per person).
I’d love to see some more protein on the menu (given the whole powerlifting thing I’m doing), it’s what I crave post training, but flavour wise, and beer wise, it’s a heady combination that’s hard to say no to.
So, I’ll hit my cardio nice and hard Bundobust, and see you again soon.
Save me a beer?
With thanks to Bundobust for the invitation to their opening night.