They say good things come to those who wait. That certainly applies to the team at Salt & Pepper, although customers never need to hang around long for the food itself to arrive. Taking the patient route, this quick service casual Chinese dining spot in the heart of the Northern Quarter began life as a simple stall and kitchen takeover, holding down acclaimed residencies at the Arndale Food Market and Black Dog Ballroom. Thanks to the success of both those ventures owners Chloe and Cash opted to set up their own permanent address in the area, and they found that in one of the most prominent positions in the city centre.
Instantly recognisable by the huge neon bee proudly dominating the window, Salt & Pepper brings an elevated approach to Chinese takeaway food to the town it clearly loves so much. Many dishes are directly descended from those that both bosses grew up serving customers in a more traditional operation run by their parents, marking this menu out as a wonderful balance between traditional and contemporary. Either way, it’s truly authentic, with a focus on sourcing the finest quality ingredients to create dishes that bring something new to the cuisine.
As the name suggests, this is the place for salt and pepper dishes, which are truly adored by regulars. Suffice to say, then, chicken wings, prawns and fries are all available, in addition to a number of other salt & pepper-style options. But you’ll also find plenty more to go at, such as sticky beef, not to mention a choice of more than nine homemade sauces, including a special hot curry creation, conceived to celebrate the launch of this restaurant. A number of healthier, grilled alternatives can also be ordered, alongside a selection of stuffed wraps for those looking to swerve the fried bit. And, whatever you pick, there’s an alcohol license in case you fancy something strong as an accompaniment.