The 10 Best Places For A Proper Curry In Manchester
It's National Curry Week, after all...
1. Spicy Mint
Formerly the Spicy Hut Restaurant, Spicy Mint is a National Curry Award winner, and it's easy to see why.
Crediting its popularity and success to high quality, fresh ingredients, the restaurant don’t use MSG or preservatives – another tick on the health chart.
Menu highlights include the Lahori Chana and Dal Gosht.
2. Punjab Tandoori
A kitchen haven at the heart of Curry Mile and winner of the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence in both 2013 and 2014, Punjab Tandoori is praised for the quality of its food and service.
Menu highlights include Tandoori Chicken Masala and the signature Prawn Ginger dish, but don’t miss out on the sizzlers!
3. Royal Nawaab
If you haven’t spent one evening in the last month piling your plate from the sumptuous and never-ending stock of Nawaab… well, you really haven’t lived!
Everybody loves a buffet every now and again and this one is a real treat. Dozens of dishes are prepared for your perusing and you can enjoy as much, or as wide a variety, as you can handle. At Royal Nawaab going overboard is almost expected – so sure are the staff that you’ll be finished way before dessert, all the focus is on the savoury dishes.
4. Namaste Nepal
The great thing about Namaste is it’s just bizarre. The décor is homely and quaint in a 1980s church hall gathering kind of way and some reviews have claimed service can sometimes jar because of language barriers. The menu features an “English dishes” section with a choice of chicken, omelette or fish fingers, all served with chips, peas and salad, which has to be appreciated for its old school nature.
That said, the Nepalese curries are fantastic, especially the dahl. Try somewhere else? Namaste here.
5. The Spice Club
This critic’s favourite is run by mother/daughter team Anita and Monica Sawhney, who serve up in their front room to create the city’s first secret supper club. Communal dining is the Indian way and the unique selling point of The Spice Club is that the pop-up kitchen concept combines the energy of a restaurant with the cosiness of a dinner party.
The intimacy of dining on family recipes in the house of your chef really adds to the experience and, through the pop up kitchens and cookery classes, Anita and Monica are making a strong name for themselves.
6. Scene Indian Street Kitchen
Away from the Curry Mile, Spinningfields now has its own amazing Indian food following the opening of Scene, Indian Street Kitchen.
Authentic down to the drinks selection, the restaurant also opens onto the river for dinner with a view of Manchester’s newest foodie hotspot. They also do tiffin boxes, which makes for a great office lunch and they do north Indian dishes such as Khatti Rolls and Momos.
Over on Blackfriars Street, Harvey Nichols’ new neighbour, EastZEast is the latest opening from the Raja brothers of Bradford. If you’re a fan of the Princess Street restaurant, expect more of the same, but in far fancier surroundings. Menus are still focussed on Kashmiri cuisine and the restaurant also offers banquets for special occasions. Don’t forget to order a giant hanging naan (the technical term) to go with your curry.
8. Crazy Wendy’s
Because curry isn’t exclusively Indian, and a night out eating it doesn’t have to be a quiet one. Crazy Wendy's Thai hotspot comes with a side of cabaret courtesy of Wendy who, according to legend, dresses up as Dame Shirley Bassey to sing Elvis songs all night long to restaurant goers. Apparently the food isn't half bad too.
9. Mughli Restaurant + Charcoal Pit
Apparently frequented by the likes of Jared Leto and Nigel Slater, Mughli and its signature charcoal cooking is exquisite. Described by The Telegraph as “Manchester’s best restaurant”, expect fusion specialities like spice battered halloumi bites and aubergine mash, alongside an extensive menu of staples. While not strictly curry, it’s not to be missed!
10. Zouk Tea Bar
Rhianna has reportedly been here twice, once with Drake and a second time with ex -City striker Mario Balotelli. Close to The Palace Theatre, Zouk is the sister branch of the award-winning Halal Indian restaurant in Bradford. Hip, stylish and authentic, it boasts an open kitchen and does great sharing dishes, like lobster and lamb. Zouk also has its own cookery school, which opens on a monthly basis to cover essential skills such as ultimate Indian Dinner Party and Tikka Masterclass.
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