FIKA to take over old Bakerie spot on Lever Street
While the Northern Quarter might be going through something of an identity crisis, with it's disappearing heritage buildings and encroaching property speculators, it does however remain a bloody good spot to find some grub and a few wets.
Enter FIKA, a new Scandinavian-inspired bar and restaurant by Mark Whyte, the man behind nearby NQ venues Guilty by Association and Lost in Tokyo, as well as Vesper cocktail bar on Pall Mall.
Opening in the old Bakerie site at 43-45 Lever Street (just off Stevenson Square) on Friday 10th October, FIKA aims, in the Swedish tradition of 'taking a break', to provide an 'inviting place for all' to share in 'coffee, specially selected beer, nibbles, wine and conversation'.
Whyte has drafted in chef Sam Palmer - a former Greater Manchester Young Chef of the Year winner during his time at the Abode Hotel - to oversee the kitchen. He said: “We want to create a food experience that’s simple yet high quality and importantly affordable. European food with a modern twist."
We do love a twist.
Palmer tells us dishes will include smoked duck bon bons, caramelised cauliflower onion bhajis and hake supreme with smoked sausage and samphire.
FIKA will feature two bars, as well as a 'sizeable basement', and we're guessing some dangly filament light bulbs.
Keep an eye out at on their Facebook page.