Few areas had more influence on our city’s late-20th Century culture than Hulme, and even today the area remains a hotbed for artistic and alternative activities. More than a few people in those communities consider Kim’s Kitchen to be their second home, a vibrant and spacious community cafe-bar a few minutes from the lush Community Garden Centre, and close to Hulme Park with its spectacular view of the city centre’s skyline. This place plies a fine trade in great home cooked food, excellent drinks — with a very well-stocked rum list — and a regular programme of artistic and music-led events.
Situated right on the 86 bus route connecting Chorlton and Piccadilly Gardens, great transport links into town and the suburbs mean that while Kim’s Kitchen is a real local hangout, its appeal has spread much further throughout Manchester. Independently owned, from the moment you walk inside the sense of community and neighbourhood heritage is clear. On the walls, you’ll spot plenty of nods to the diverse cultures that have given this corner of the world its unique identity, and the team are incredibly passionate about the issues, challenges and strengths that come with living in the area itself.
Onto the menu, Kim’s is all about hearty meals which are influenced by both traditional English fare and Caribbean cooking. So that means gourmet burgers sitting next to goat curries, fresh salads with homemade pies, fiery whole-of-fish dishes, and a revolving board of specials. Plant-based diners are more than catered for, too. Great freshly ground coffee is available, and there’s a top wine and beer selection here to boot. On any given day, you’re bound to wind up overhearing some performer or artist discussing future projects or last night’s show, making this not just a beacon of hospitality, but also fresh ideas and creative thinking.