Give Nathan the choice of food to eat and he will pick from a short list. Burgers, wraps, curry or pasta. We were recently invited to Ta’am in Manchester and after a quick glance of the menu, I knew Nathan would be in his element.
Martine welcomed us with open arms as we arrived to Ta’am, an eatery which pulls influences from a number of eastern cultures but celebrates food which is cooked fresh daily, all made to order, but most importantly, the food is Kosher as they are situated in the heart of the Jewish community in Manchester.
Ta’am is the creation of Martine and her husband, they had the aim of providing a rustic eating experiance, one that you get your hands into when eating, with sharing your food with others on your table the norm. When we were sat we noticed that unlike traditional eating establishments, the food arrived when ready from the kitchen, there was no waiting around for the whole tables meal to be ready, you were encouraged to dig in and enjoy. With in keeping with the rustic feel, the downstairs casual eating space did not over do it with fancy cutlery and took to using disposable trays and containers. This keeps washing up to a minimum, which I’m all for as it’s a job I hate, and also allows guests to take the food to go if they please.
The upstairs dining area is a little more formal but holds the same charm of the rustic and street food style cooking of the downstairs. The team will soon be launching a cocktail service to accompany the menu for a fully rounded dining experiance.
Being open to trying new foods I asked what was recommended. The three of us who were dining all sampled a different portion of the menu. A curry, a burger and shawarma, with a host of freshly prepared salads to go with. We also sampled the hummus and falafel which have even featured in the newspaper as it is so good.
With Kosher dining, dairy products do not cross paths with meat products which makes all their food dairy free. The curry was beautifully cooked and it was given the rank of “best curry ever” from both Nathan and his friend. Nathan had a burger which was huge! The beef party is more like a steak than ground beef, but they have been hand made and are grilled to perfection. The burgers are super filling and we were happy to take the left overs home with us. Nathan did comment that he would have liked some sort of sauce with the burger as of course it was not covered in cheese like he would normally have, but he did say he would have one again, just he would need to not eat for a full day before trying to finish it all!
For me it was all about the shawarma. A spit roasted chicken kebab infused with the juices of fruits and vegetables which marinade it as it’s cooking. Served with rice or chips plus a mammoth selection of salads, I can recommend the Israeli Salad and the cabbage, both were amazing.
The chefs pull their skillset from their home countries, they work together as a family and you are welcomed into the family too when you dine with them. The food is made with pasdion and love, fusing cultures and cooking styles to create a unique dining experiance for everyone.
We will be visiting Ta’am again when we are in Manchester and would recommend that if you would like to try a different and rustic eating experiance that you should book a table here for you will not be disappointed.
Please note. We were provided with a complimentary meal and drinks for a review of the restaurant. All views are our own.