Bundobust’s Indian street food and craft beer combo has been included in The Observer magazine’s prestigious OFM 50 celebrating the top 50 things in the world of food and drink right now.
The restaurant, which serves meat-free Gujarati recipes with a street food twist, won the 20th place on the list.
Honoured for its exploits into the world of drink rather than just food, after they opened a new brewery-restaurant on Manchester’s Oxford Road, customers can pair the spices of India with the restaurant’s own crisp lagers and Indian Pale Ales.
Bundobust Liverpool, located above Cow Vintage and Cycle Republic, was opened in 2019 and became immediately popular thanks to its intense flavours set within a casual area with enough space for any size group.
There, foodies will be able to sample the foods which made Bundobust so popular throughout the country, as well as the products of their brewery.
The beers are brewed with their food menus in mind, even using some of the same spices at times.
Mayur Patel, who created Bundobust alongside co-owner Marko Husak, told The Observer that customers shouldn’t expect ‘comical Indian-related beers,’ but rather classic IPAs and lagers.
He said: “It’s obvious to lob Indian spices into beer. Doing it clean and balanced is the challenge.”
But it’s a challenge Bundobust are certainly fit to face, given this new national recognition.
The brewery is also putting on a run of limited-edition vegan beers which coincide with their inclusion on the list.
These are a cask beer called ‘Dark Mild,’ the first collaboration of the restaurant with Thornbridge Brewery, and ‘Manak,’ a cream ale that hits the sweet spot between a blonde ale and a lager
What is Bundobust?
The idea for the restaurant was first conceived over Twitter when Mayur Patel asked Marko Husak to collaborate on a street food event.
Patel’s family owned Prashad, one of the UK’s most highly regarded Indian restaurants and Husak operated a cult craft beer spot in Bradford, and the pair worked together for a string of sold-out events and pop-ups.
The two soon realised their pairing was too powerful to end there and in 2014 decided to pair up for good and open the first Bundobust in Leeds.
And after an equally successful restaurant was opened in Manchester, they brought Bundobust to Liverpool’s Bold Street where it has had foodies hooked since 2019.