Kirsty and I stumbled across Ezra & Gil on Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter, Manchester when we didn’t get into Alabamas one morning and it was a great little find – one I’ve since returned to time and time again. (In fact I would go so far as to say it is now my favourite place for brunch – and yet I’ve not managed to go with Dave yet!)
What time does Ezra & Gil open?
Ezra & Gil opens early doors – 7.30am during the week and 8am on a weekend perfect to get yourself set up before you start work or for a lazy weekend brunch. (It’s only ten minute walk up to Piccadilly Station so if you’re looking for a bite to eat before you head home after a weekend in the city it’s a win!)
Can you book a table at Ezra & Gil?
You can’t book at Ezra & Gil but if all the tables are full when you arrive, a member of staff will take your name and give you an approximate wait time – we’ve never had to wait more than about 10 mins though.
It’s quite a big place but is super popular so you have to be prepared to share larger tables if it’s busy. We actually didn’t mind this at all – we felt we had more space sharing a table with another couple than we had a table on our own in Trof or Alabhamas where it can be a bit squishy.
Can you get take away from Ezra & Gil?
Kirsty described Ezra & Gil as being very Brooklyn-esque in set up with the option to hang out and eat in or grab a quick take-away and even offering you the chance to pick up a few grocery essentials whilst you’re in there including fruit, vegetables, bread, coffee and store cupboard bits and bobs.
Ezra & Gil encourage you to take your own cup for take away drinks and incentivise this.
What’s on the menu?
The menu at Ezra & Gil changes with the season but offers a great range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. My current favourite is the Smashed Pumpkin on Toast ( Smashed oven roasted pumpkin, baby spinach, crumbled feta, free range poached egg, pumpkin seeds, toasted
pine nuts, black sesame seeds & beetroot houmous) – I tend to order it with extra Halloumi on the side because frankly pretty much every meal can be improved with halloumi!
I’m not a tea or coffee drinker (I know, shoot me) so I’m always on the look out for something other than Diet Coke or hot chocolate (which, whilst delicious, isn’t always something I want with a meal!). The smoothie options at Ezra & Gil are a win – especially as they don’t all contain banana! This green smoothie contains pear and mint from memory, and other tasty stuff that has slipped my mind! (I promise to update that with a more factually accurate description next time I go in!)
And there’s cake right?
Oh yes there’s cake.
Ezra & Gil serve a range of cake (mostly delicious looking tray bakes) – which sit on the counter, tempting you as you order your meal! I can vouch for the gluten free raspberry and chocolate brownie – it was hella good! I was sure I had a picture of the cake counter and said brownie but it would appear not – I’d best go again and take you one!
Pop down and try it for yourself!
If you’re looking for somewhere for a delicious brunch (or in fact a coffee and cake, or a light meal at any time of the day) then I wholeheartedly recommend you try Ezra & Gil!
(There’s also a new site opening on Peter Street which might be worth investigating!)