20th July 2017
The KlonDine Club – A New Levenshulme Dining Club and Restaurant at The Klondyke
What is The KlonDine Club?
A brand new concept for the Klondyke, situated on Burnage Range a hop, skip and jump away from The Buttery on Albert Road. The Levenshulme Dining Club aka The KlonDine Club is due to launch on the 4th of August.
It’s a series of pop up restaurant weekends, in a newly configured area of The Klondyke. It will be a private dining experience, in the members area of the venue, promising a restaurant feel and restaurant quality dishes, with prices for starters around £6 pounds and mains not exceeding £10 (unless its lobster or a sharing board so we’ve been told)
There will be an anchor trader, Nasi Lemak who will be in situ on the first weekend of the month (initially Friday and Saturday for the first three months) and there’ll be guest restaurants each subsequent weekend.
Jim Khor, owner of Nasi Lemak is keen to keep standards of cooking high. He’s has hand picked the chefs involved with an emphasis on skill and quality ingredients. He says all the guests chefs need to do is:
” Focus on the food, plating up well, good table service and doing their own washing up!”
He also throws the emphasis on raising the standards of quality of food in the area and inviting street food traders to scrap the disposable nature of street food and raise their game:
” If traders want to serve street food, they can stay on the kerb side”
There will be two sittings each night and up to 45 covers in the space. Early doors at 6:15pm and a second at 8:15pm with last orders at 10pm.
There will be table service, linen, crockery, soft lighting and mood music…even some live acoustic acts from time to time to help the chefs set the mood to their dishes.
Who’s behind the new pop- up restaurant concept?
The man that brought you ‘Secret Diner Levy’ is on the loose again. Jim Khor, who we met with at Inspire Cafe for a chat about the new venture, has gone into partnership with Les James at The Klondyke. Expectations are high and they’re both confident the area is going to embrace the new venture.
We’ve been informed there are new wine selections on order and two new beer lines have been put in which will have two types of Shindigger for the discerning beer palate of Levenshulme. That’s on top of the wide selection of premium gins available and fever tree tonics, served in huge goblets!
Will The KlonDine Club stand out from other pop-ups in Manchester?
There’s a few things which set this venture apart. Firstly, there will be some walk ups allowed. This is more like a casual restaurant style than a pre-planned pay in advance pop-up that you tend to find elsewhere. You can also book in for a time you want, rather than a set time, set menu, set cost! It’s inventive and risky. We like it.
Importantly, there is an in-house app which allows the bulk of bookings to run smoothly. You can pick by your availability or by the pop-up restaurant you fancy. Genius.
Next up, the location. The Klondyke is not just a venue, it’s a local institution. It’s a bizarre, eccentric and wonderful mix of members club, snooker hall, function suite, festival space and community bar. At any one time you can have people exhibiting fashion shows, others doing a clothes swap night, goth bands rocking out in the 200 capacity venue, a fun family day in the large green space with ice cream vans in the car park and a darts tournament running. It’s the hippest little secret Levenshulme has to offer and it’s for EVERYONE. You never know what’s on after your meal, gig or reggae dance night but there’s no doubt you can get involved.
Les James, the owner has amazing ideas and has invested a ton of money in the new kitchen and outside area to keep it evolving the new restaurant is an extension of the evolution.
Vegan options on every menu. Jim Khor is keen to be inclusive of plant eaters on his menu and has agreed the vegan ethos with all of the traders . He says ” there will be a vegan offering, forever.” and adds for his own menu, he will make sure you can “eat the same dish, same name with a vegan substitute.”
A Members Club discount. If you really want to make the most of the nights you book into, you should sign up to be a member of The Klondyke. It costs £15 annually and you get 10% off all of your drink purchases.
What’s coming up in the next 3 months?
A full rundown of the the weekends below:
- Friday 4th & Saturday 5th August – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
- Friday 11th & Saturday 12th August – (booked for Levenshulme Pride)
- Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August – Qué Delicia – Portugese Street Food
- Friday 25th & Saturday 26th August – Meating Room – Home cooked Pakistani Cuisine
- Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
- Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September – MC Street Food – Mauritian Dishes
- Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September – Veso Kitchen – Indian Food
- Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd September – La Cantina – Spanish Tapas
- Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September – I Knead Pizza – Italian Dishes
- Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
- Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October – TBC
- Friday 20th & Saturday 21st October – Tapas Altrincham – Spanish Cuisine
- Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October – Heart & Parcel – Dumplings and Regional Dishes
How Do I Book?
The emphasis is on the new in-house app and website which has been developed for the new Levenshulme concept restaurant.
In order for The KlonDine Club to work, customers will be relied upon to book a spot in advance to allow the pop-up restauranteurs to source quality ingredients for their weekend. There will be an allowance of walk-ins for each of the nights but to make sure it is a lasting success prospective diners will need to go to the online booking service to support the indie businesses!
Jim says he expects people to come from neighbouring suburbs like the Heatons, Altrincham and Wilmslow adding that when he ran the Secret Diner in Levy over half of his diners where from other areas. So the advice from us is snap up some spaces before the cheshire set take over!