Top 10 Places To Grab Great Thai Food In Manchester
From humble eateries to restaurants in a more luxurious setting - lovers of seafood and spice will not be disappointed!
We have chosen restaurants that bring the best cuisine from all over Thailand, including their awe-inspiring unique and flavoursome street food, to Manchester.
1. Try Thai
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
Try Thai used to be one of the city centre’s best kept secrets, but it is now one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Manchester. They have a variety of reasonably priced set menus, providing various dishes to share. Their menu also offers 'special feature' dishes from all parts of Thailand.
What's more, their chefs were all trained and schooled in the most prestigious destinations of Thailand's culinary societies.
Open from 12-10:30pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-12:30am Friday, 12pm-1am Saturday and 12-9:30pm Sunday.
Chaophraya’s contemporary Manchester branch strive to bring inspirational surroundings and inventive dishes to its upmarket King Street location. The menu brings customers food form all across Thailand, inspired by owner Kim Kaewkraikhot’s childhood in northern Thailand and moving around the country.
There are a lot of seafood dishes on offer, including one of the chef’s signature dishes Thai Fisherman’s Soup ‘Shabu Shabu’. Another of the chef's signature dishes is Lamb Massaman Curry as pictured below with a side of coconut rice.
Open from 12-10:30pm Monday-Saturday and closes at 10pm on Sundays.
Lamb Massaman Curry also known as Gaeng Massaman Gae which is one of Chaophraya's chef's signature dishes. I paired it with coconut rice which wasn't the best idea because of how rich in taste the coconut rice was. I would suggest going with just plain Jasmine rice so you can really taste the well blended flavours of the curry 🍴 • Be sure to read up on my latest review on 'Oak Street Cafe' at eatingupmanchester.wordpress.com (link in bio)
3. Crazy Wendy’s
Crazy Wendy's Thai Restaurant and Bar in Didsbury offers nothing short of a unique dining experience.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Crazy Wendy herself entertains guests with her renditions of classic songs from Shirley Bassey and Elvis Presley, among others.
Enjoy an evening's entertainment with authentic Thai dishes originating from North Eastern Thailand.
All evening Monday-Thursday Crazy Wendy’s host their ‘happy hour’ from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with two courses for £9.95.
Open from 5:30-11pm Monday-Thursday, 12-2:30pm and 6pm-12:30am on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30-11pm on Sunday.
4. Wendy’s Thai Fusion
Wendy’s Thai Fusion, in complete contrast to Crazy Wendy’s, don’t offer renditions of classic songs - but they do offer a relaxed evening in their intimate Chorlton restaurant.
Their focus is on good quality food at very reasonable prices.
Open from 3:30-10:30pm Monday-Thursday, 3:30-11pm on Friday and Saturday and 2-10pm on Sunday.
Tourists often say that Thailand’s street food is much better than our Thai restaurants in the UK - Thaikhun have taken their inspiration from the street vendors casual service and authentic interior with rustic surroundings.
The first Thaikhun opened on 26th May in Spinningfields, Manchester. Their sharing platters are a wonderful way to experience a variety of Thai cuisine.
Open from 12-10pm daily.
Phetpailin in Chinatown balances authentic Thai cuisine with slightly more 'mainstream' dishes. If their extensive range of dishes doesn't convince you, you can also bring your own alcohol, which makes for a large saving!
Open on George Street 12-3pm and 6-11pm Tuesday-Sunday and 6-11pm on Sunday and Monday.
Tampopo are a very popular chain with a restaurant on London’s East Street, but they first opened their doors in Manchester. “Small, but perfectly formed” is how they describe their original, Albert Square restaurant.
Popular for work lunches, after-work eats or gig and theatre dinners. You will also find Tampopo restaurants in the Corn Exchange and the Trafford Centre.
Open 12–10:30pm Monday-Wednesday and 12-11pm Thursday-Sunday.
8. Busaba Thai
New Printworks restaurant Busaba Thai is fast gaining a decent reputation for it’s affordable Thai food. Popular across the board, this chain is a true crowd-pleaser, and a no-brainer for large groups.
Open in the Printworks from 12-11pm Monday-Thursday, 12-11:30pm Friday-Saturday and 12-10:30pm on Sundays.
9. Vivid Lounge
Based in Ancoats, Vivid Lounge serve a varied menu from full English breakfasts in the morning, sandwiches in the afternoon and wholesome Thai dishes from midday. Their popular DIY Thai Bowls allow you to choose your own base, curry and extra toppings for around £10.
Open on Great Ancoats Street from 8am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-11pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am-10pm on Sundays.
10. Siam Smiles
Hidden away in a Thai Supermarket on George Street, you’ll find Siam Smiles. Serving delectable, authentic Thai dishes in their no-frills cafe, this is definitely the place for you if you like your food extra spicy. Most of the dishes on the small menu are noodle-based, averaging 6-8 pounds a dish.
Open on George Street open 12-9:30pm every day.