Chatting to lawyer-turned-restaurateur, Ali Yousef, about his Palestinian restaurant, Baity, he explains that it’s actually been open for just over three years.

“Well, we did open just before lockdown…”, he says.

Not such a newcomer, then, but the cooking is as fresh as you like. Think warmly spiced whole sea bream cooked on the bone (Gazan Bream, £19) and world-class roast chicken. Crisp and almost sweet skin, rubbed with sumac, conceals perfectly cooked chicken, dusted with toasted flakes of almond (£15). This house special (called Musakhan – and which is also available on ingredient box site, Gousto, after winning a tough competition) is served on a homemade flatbread with sumac-roasted onions, and dusted with gorgeously toasty flakes of almond. It’s a proper showstopper.

Small plates are a thing too, and pretty much everything works in harmony as a spread to share. We try the fattoush (crispy, toasted flatbreads, with lashings of lemon, herbs, chopped tomato, onion and cucumber, £4) and the house hummus with more sumac-kissed onions (£5.50).

When it comes to dessert, a traditional Palestinian hard ‘ice cream’ (£5) peppered with rose petals and whole pistachios is as good as it sounds. And you can tell the home-made baklava (£5) is the real deal. Ali explains it’s “always crisp if it’s Palestinian”, as opposed to, say, the syrup-soaked Turkish and Greek varieties. As an alcohol free joint, drinks include 0% beers, soft drinks and teas and coffees served in a genuinely warm-feeling space which uses brown and wheat tones to impressive effect.

Baity has won the hearts of chefs and punters alike with more than 10,000 reviews on Gousto and taste-making fans such as Creameries chef, Mary-Ellen McTague. We can’t wait to return – and ahead of our next visit we’re trying to find an occasion worthy of the £249 Whole Jericho Lamb which serves 25 (available for home delivery). Let us know if you fancy it.

Baity Didsbury




Tue 19 Oct, Baity,
743 Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6RN
, Tel: 0161 613 5473
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 19 Oct 2021