Good things come to those who wait. That’s certainly the case here. To understand why, though, we need to roll back the years. In 2019, B.U.N.’s owner opted to take a leap of faith and leave a successful career in civil engineering behind to pursue a dream of becoming a culinary artist. Repurposing an old scrap yard bus into a burger spot, the onset of a pandemic nobody saw coming laid waste to those plans, but the recovery has since led the team to where they are today.
Starting life in a home kitchen, the idea behind this one is simple — revolutionise Manchester’s burger scene, one patty at a time. Securing a permanent address after starting to trade, this is where we fund B.U.N. today. Concrete chalk wash walls, train sleeper benches, up-cycled retro chairs and pallet-burned tables set the scene, along with an open ceiling illuminated by statement festoon lighting. A combination of cool and quirky, creating a dining room that’s quite unlikely any other in the city. And the same goes for the menu.
Billing itself as innovative and experimental yet also comforting, B.U.N. is a beloved home of chicken and waffles, deep fried ice cream, grilled cheese chicken toasties, and, of course, incredible artisanal burgers all made to order. Using only the finest meats, chosen on availability and seasonality at the time orders are placed, this carefully selected produce is matched by inventive and thoughtful recipes. In addition to chef-developed fare, B.U.N. is also rightly proud of a ‘secret menu’ packed with customer-led ideas which have been tried, tested, and then went on to become bonafide favourites among regulars and this establishment’s growing legions of fans. The result makes for an incredibly personal and personable eating experience with fantastic customer service. Essentially, the exact opposite of an identikit eatery.