Best Indian Restaurants in Manchester
This week is National Curry Week. So to celebrate, we’re giving you a run-down of some of some of the best curry houses and Indian restaurants in and around Manchester to any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a haunt after a couple at the pub or something a little more upmarket, Manchester has a curry with your name on it!
Location: 110-112 Burton Road, M20 1LP.
Located in West Didsbury, Indique isn’t your regular high street curry house. Owned by a passionate Indian couple who want to bring back the real authentic taste of Indian food to Manchester, Indique is all about serving unique flavours from the streets of Rajasthan, India – famed for its royal heritage and hospitality. The food is incredible with presentation just as enticing as taste – a rare find for an Indian restaurant. We’d recommend the Masala Roast Lamb Shank – a pot roasted to melt in the mouth, lamb shank braised with onions, tomatoes, yoghurt and ground sesame seeds. Indique is surprising, innovative and without doubt one of the most exciting Indian restaurants in the North-West.
Location: 47 Peter Street, M2 3NG.
Another Manchester Indian haunt on the more glamourous side of things is Asha’s. Located on Peter Street, this multi-award winning restaurant which started life in Birmingham has featured in many a food guide and is a favourite haunt among locals and tourists alike. Put simply, the food is stunning, as are the surroundings and service. The menu is all about traditional Indian dishes with contemporary twists. As such expect classic curries with innovative twists and unusual meats such as guinea fowl and lobster. It’s not the cheapest of places but you won’t experience too many Indian’s in the UK quite like Asha’s.
Location: 61 Piccadilly, M1 2AG.
Being squeezed in a basement between Subway and Max Spielman, Bundobust is certainly a more low-key affair than the likes of Asha’s and Indique, but for our money it’s no less worthy. Having started life in Leeds, Bundobust expertly combines authentic Gujurat-inspired street food with the craft beer revolution. Despite its exclusively vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu, we’d bet our house even the most ardent of meat-lovers will love everything about Bundobust. If nothing else the beer here is incredible, rotating Manchester microbreweries like Marble and Cloudwater with imports from the likes of Copenhagen’s To Øl, and Jopen, from the Netherlands. And when all is said and done, you can order everything on the menu for just £66. Seriously. So it’s not going to make a dent in your wallet either!
Indian Tiffin Room
Location: 2 Isabella Banks Street, First Street, M15 4RL.
Originally housed in a small café in Cheadle, Indian Tiffin Room’s First Street site has quickly become one of the most popular Indians in Manc city centre. South Indian street food is the one here, with takes on traditional thalis, dosas and chaats, as well as a delicious mix of succulent kebabs and lip-smacking curries finishing off a perfect Indian menu. Unlike some Indian haunts, you don’t feel like you’ve gone 12 rounds when you finish your curry at the Tiffin Room. The pairing of fresh natural ingredients and authentic Indian flavours really makes the difference here.
Mughli Charcoal Pit
Location: 30 Wilmslow Road, M14 5TQ.
Though it’s not in the city centre, we couldn’t put a list of Manchester’s finest Indian restaurants together without pulling in at least one joint on the Rusholme Curry Mile. The go-to for a curry after a session at the pub, we’ve always found the Curry Mile can be a little hit and miss. But you’d rarely if ever be disappointed at Mughli Charcoal Pit. With a focus on the Indian grill, Mughli’s is the place to be if you’re after chicken tikka, lamb chops of kebabs, making a great change to the city’s often vegetarian focused alternatives.
This n’ That
Location: 3 Soap Street, M4 1EW.
No respectable list of Manchester’s best curries would be complete without this Manchester institution. ‘Home of Rice and Three Curries’, Soap Street’s This & That does exactly what it says on the tin with a no-nonsense approach to Indian cuisine. The dining concept is simple; join the queue, choose your three curries to go with your rice, and tuck in. Having been around since 1984, the family ran business is still one of the best kept secrets in the city.