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We pop into Döner Haus in Corn Exchange, Manchester, and find out why this Berlin sausage is what you need for a Sunday brunch if you forgot your Döner on the way home the night before.
Döner Haus and its partner venue Garten Bar (which takes centre stage in the atrium) are conveniently located in the Corn Exchange, Manchester. The Döner Haus mission is find the best kebabs in Berlin and bring this to the UK, so expect to find on the menu the Berlin Döner, Currywurst, beer and cocktails.
The natural hues from the wood panelled walls and leather seats make for a calming space, perfect if your head is still slightly sore from the night before.
By their very nature Bratwurst and Shawarma are not intended to be the healthiest food or high-end dining. So what does the menu at Döner Haus have to offer? The menu brings together all the best-known items from Berlin Döner houses. Amongst the choices are Currywurst and Schnitzel but we opted for a:
- Bratwurst Platter (£14.50) – One for the size queens, a foot-long bratwurst (pork), which we had with chicken shawarma, skin-on fries, mixed salad, sauerkraut, dipping sauce and flatbread
- Shawarma salad (£10.50) – For the healthier queen, a salad made with rocket, avocado, cucumber, tomato, grated carrot, pickled red cabbage, with chicken shawarma, fried halloumi and dips. We had this with a Miniwurst (£5.50) on the side, though the main plate was more than enough for 1 person.
Having already been sufficiently filled by a girthy foot-long Bratwurst, we didn’t have much room left. Nevertheless we shared a coconut and chocolate tart (£6.30), which was rich and well presented.
With friendly, welcoming staff and a 2-for-1 cocktail hour, Garten Bar is an ideal destination to meet friends before (or after) a shopping trip, or dinner out (either at Döner Haus or elsewhere). We tried the Wassermelone Spritz (£12) – made with Aperol, watermelon, Prosecco, soda and orange, ideal to cool down in the recent heatwave. For guests who need the most fabulous drink on the menu, try the Zucker Floss (£12) – which is Prosecco with a dash of violet, topped with a quaff of candy floss, like a Marie-Antoinette up-do.
Döner Haus is ideally positioned to provide that unhealthy-but-still-feels-healthy hit to soak up the sins (one-too-many gins) from the night before. The menu is easy to navigate, service is quick and efficient (as you would expect from a German-themed establishment), and plates are generously sized.
Location: Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR
For more information and to book, visit: donerhaus.uk