Zouk Manchester Sunday Lunch

Zouk Manchester Sunday Lunch

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The competition for a good Sunday lunch is one of the fiercest in the casual dining sector and a number of non-traditional venues have joined the fight for your Sunday spend. We headed over to Zouk Manchester to see if the good reports we had heard were justified. Zouk is a large, modern Indian restaurant just off Oxford Road in Manchester and as well as offering an excellent traditional Indian menu also have a Sunday lunch menu that we recently gave a try. Two of the party opted for the special Sunday menu and one stuck with a regular curry choice. Overall it was a success and we all enjoyed…

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New Bombay Kitchen Wilesden, London Takeaway Review

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Rogan Josh may not sit with Kormas and Masalas in the top tier of British curries, but it surely comes in on the second rung. It’s a mildly spicey curry which combines a smokey and sweet taste that usually has tomatoes, that’s about it, deviation isn’t really necessary. Yet Wilesden’s Bombay Kitchen in north west London took a very different approach. This isn’t to say it was bad, it just wasn’t what I ordered. The curry I got was all smoke, nothing else, the smokey flavour was so intense it reminded me of barbeque sauce rather than a mild curry, and there were no chunks of juicy tomato either.  The…

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Gosht Dum Biryani

Is this the best Biryani in Britain?

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Gosht Dum Biryani at Asha’s is bloody lovely, I had one this weekend and it is simply sensational, so I am asking the question is this the best biryani in Britain? What makes a great biryani? Well it’s a dry dish (no sauce generally) so you need to be able to cook it well enough to keep it moist otherwise it’s horrible. The flavour needs to be present throughout the dish, not just in the meat or veg but also in the rice. The rice itself needs to have the fragrant delicate spices come through so you can enjoy them and of course it needs to be light and fluffy,…

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Indian Restaurants Manchester

Where have you been all my life?

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Dishoom Manchester Restaurant Review Dishoom recently opened in Manchester and after many years of waiting I can say it’s fantastic. We’ve been for breakfast and dinner and both visits were brilliant. Breakfast I’ve had the pleasure of a few Pakistani breakfasts over the years, cooked by friends, but I think this was a first Indian breakfast for me in Manchester and it was excellent. Having celebrated my son’s birthday the night before and feeling slightly worse for wear, we visited and had a variety of dishes. Mrs CC had the bacon role, I had the Keema Per Eedu and my son had the Akuri. With proper leaf tea served in…

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The most Northern curry house in the UK?

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Perhaps not the most northern because there are several curry restaurants in Lerwick and I didn’t check if I was at the northern end of town but either way the Gurkha Kitchen proves that even in the Shetland Islands you can still eat a very acceptable curry. With very welcoming staff for what is essentially a Nepalese style curry house, they easily managed our table of 12 hungry (and thirsty) divers on a club scuba diving trip to the islands in July. The decor is very much from the old school of Indian restaurant design with a slightly odd mix of pictures and posters mainly linked to the history of…

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india village woodhall spa

Small town curry houses

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India Village Woodhall Spa On a recent visit to Woodhall Spa, the history of British Curry Houses came flooding back to me. We visited the India Village which I think is pretty much the only Indian in the town and had a perfectly good curry. The restaurant was busy, the service was good and on the whole the food was fine. It did feel like stepping back in time however as this kind of restaurant was pretty much what I grew up with. A fairly standard menu, not much attention to creating a atmosphere and nothing that really inspired me to rush back if there were any alternatives to try.…

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Rajdoot Manchester – Restaurant Review

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Rajdoot’s Manchester restaurant is located in the corner of Albert Square (nearest to the Central Library) and as you can see from this photo (copied from their website) it is a traditional Indian Restaurant. Although I am as keen as anyone on trying something new it was actually really good to find a curry restaurant doing great food in what most of us would say is an “old fashioned” way. I don’t mean that as an insult, it’s a comfortable venue with great decor and very welcoming staff. Their menu will be familiar to most, having many favourites on it and everything we tried was delicious. We were both really…

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Akbar's Manchester

Akbar’s Manchester

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I live near Akbar’s Manchester restaurant on Liverpool road and eat there as well as using their takeaway service and have to say that it is one of the most successful Indian restaurants I know. It always seems to be busy and I can’t really understand why it appears to be so far ahead of the rest. The food is very good but not always outstanding, the decor is modern but so are many others in the city centre and the service can be a bit chaotic if you arrive during a busy period as you are forced to wait in the bar area and are then called to the…

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Thaikhun Manchester Review

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Spinningfields in Manchester has become a popular social destination over the last few years, largely due to the efforts of Living Ventures who created most of the popular bar and restaurants in the area. Their popularity has attracted and number of other good quality brands, Thaikhun being one of those. I live next to Spinningfields so have tried must of the restaurants but had only ever had Deliveroo from Thaikhun. Last weekend we gave it a try and here’s my 60 second Thaikhun Manchester review… Ambience 9/10: I don’t like to use the word quirky but it seems to suit Thaikhun’s modern interior with hints to Thailand in the simulated…

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Mowgli Street Food

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So the Indian Street food restaurant Mowgli is looking for a second Manchester site and I should be excited (MEN story here). The trouble is, when I visited a couple of months back I was a bit disappointed with their Corn Exchange venue.

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