With its iconic "Curry Mile" in the Rusholme area, Manchester is one of the hottest locations for Indian food in the UK. To gain such a reputation in a country famous for having some of the greatest Indian restaurants in the world is quite an achievement. But there is no need to just stick to the main strip, as some of the most delicious gems can be found dotted around the city. Here we take a look at the best late night options for Indian food when on a night out in this much-loved northwest metropolis.
1. Scene Indian Street Kitchen
Scene Indian street kitchen is located in Spinningfields, right next to the River Irwell. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, and is often busy because of its outstanding reputation. For this reason, it is wise to either book a table or order to your home with Deliveroo. Scene is renowned for serving up authentic Indian, Pakistan, and South Asian delights, as well as having well-trained staff who provide excellent service. One of the restaurant's specialities is the Hyderabadi biryani, which is simply a must-try dish. The chefs are also always happy to make each dish to varying levels of spiciness depending on the customer's preference.
Swadesh is a fairly new establishment located on Portland Street in the building which used to be the Ikan Thai restaurant. Owner Mohammed Salim is well-known in the Manchester Indian scene, and has been running various successful restaurants since 1991. This swanky new venture shows the level of this highly experienced restauranteur's ambition. Salim has opted for an elegance which is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the Rusholme venues, and this provides an exceptional dining experience. Two of the signature dishes on offer are the duck malai curry and the Swadesh special lamb, both of which are bursting with flavour.
3. Bollywood Masala
Bollywood Masala can be found in the trendy area of Deansgate, and is surrounded by some of the coolest bars that Manchester has to offer. This makes it ideal for a late night snack or meal to end the night. All the reviews on TripAdvisor rave about the service at this relaxing yet vibrant eatery. The waiting staff are attentive but not overbearing, and know the restaurant's dishes inside out. More importantly, the food is outstanding. The venue prides itself on blending the extravagance of the Bollywood film industry with the aromas and flavours of the Indian subcontinent. There is also some fusion to suit western tastes. Bollywood Masala won Restaurant of the Year in the 2014 English Curry Awards, so you know that you're getting excellent quality when you eat or order from there.
Sangam is the only restaurant on this list which is based in the well-known curry region of Rusholme. It stands out from the many eateries on this incredible foody strip because it has some of the most mouth-watering in dishes in Manchester on its menu. The venue expertly combines the best cuisine from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and allows customers to tailor any dish to their own taste. Specialities include Nihari, Haleem, and Lahori Chana.
Indique in Didsbury is the place to go if you like Indian but you also enjoy fine dining experiences. The name came about through the merging of "Indian" and "unique" which gives you an idea about what the restaurant wants to achieve. The owners believe that Indian food in the UK has hardly seen any innovation over the years, and aim to change that with the help of their award-winning head chef. There are traditional Indian flavours on offer, but they are often combined and presented differently from the average restaurant. This place is an absolute must for foodies.
Of course, this guide has barely scratched the surface. There are hundreds of other great curry houses scattered around this sprawling city. It literally is a curry fanatic's heaven. Check out Deliveroo today to get these amazing dishes delivered to your door.
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