In need of the perfect winter warmer? There’s nothing more fitting for a chilly evening than a fragrant, spicy curry – with all the tasty extras to really make a feast of it. Whether you’re a die-hard tikka masala fan, or prefer to tuck into classic Chinese cuisine, we’ve rounded up some of the most welcoming spots in Manchester for all kinds of curries.
Bringing gorgeous Indian cuisine ‘from Bombay with love’, Dishoom serves up a number of hearty dishes – with a tasty ‘Ruby Murray’ menu available for curry lovers to try. Whether it’s something tasty and mild or a curry with a bit of a kick you prefer, there’s no denying Dishoom’s food is top tier. Be sure to try one of their devilishly delicious naans while you’re there, too. Halal-friendly options are available here too. Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, M3 3BT.
2. Shoryu Ramen
While Shoryu Ramen’s menu focuses on tasty, authentic-style ramen, it’s also a great spot if you’re in the mood for a Katsu curry. The filling dish is created with panko chicken, with a generous serving of the chef’s speciality curry sauce and a helping hand of white rice. And with a hint of spice, there’s no better dish but a curry to warm up your bones with. Shoryu Ramen, 1 Piccadilly, M1 1RG.
One of the tastiest spots in town for vibrant Thai food, Thaikhun has an array of traditional curries on offer – including Red, Green, Massaman and Panang. Completely customisable to suit your preferences, guests can pick from chicken, beef, duck, prawn, veggies or tofu – with jasmine rice and a ton of naughty sides available, too. Thaikhun, 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF.
Known for their contemporary take on traditional Asian grub with a ton of influences from India, Scene Indian Street Kitchen is the epitome of winter-worthy food. Enjoy classic favourites such as the tikka masala, jalfrezi or a trusty old madras, with tons of vegetarian dishes available, too. Scene Indian Street Kitchen, 4 New Ct St, M3 3AN.
5. Blue Eyed Panda
Serving up a diverse menu of traditional and contemporary Chinese cuisine, Blue Eyed Panda is the perfect spot for Chinese food lovers, with a number of warm, filling dishes to try out. Enjoy classics such as sweet and sour chicken, beef brisket Chinese curry, and a number of seriously more-ish Szechuan meals, too. Blue Eyed Panda, 3 Jersey St, Ancoats, M4 6JA.
6. Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Family-style Thai food in a lovely bright restaurant, Rosa’s Thai Cafe knows how to make a great curry, with some really warming options on the menu. Enjoy Red, Green, Massaman and Panang curries, with a number of variations to choose from to mix things up a little (hello, pineapple curry!). There’s a ton of sides and starters to fill up on, such as chicken satay, spring rolls and chicken wings… Basically, all the good stuff. Rosa’s Thai Cafe, 184 Deansgate The Old Courthouse, M3 3WB.
7. Sweet Mandarin
One of Manchester’s best Chinese restaurants, Sweet Mandarin is a traditional family-run spot, serving authentic-style food that even Gordon Ramsay has bigged up. From Dim Sum to Szechuan – there’s a little bit of everything to choose from, but what we really love in the colder months is a warm bowl of their gorgeous jungle green curry, their tasty casseroles, and, of course, their fluffy dumplings. Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, M4 1HS.
Founded by Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle, Asha’s offers up classic Indian cuisine – and even a seriously creative Indian-inspired Sunday Roast (including Yorkshire puds!). From butter chicken to the famous Vindaloo, there are actually thirteen curries to choose from, with lamb, chicken and prawn taking centre stage. To finish off, you’ll want to add their fluffy naans for the full experience. Asha’s, 47 Peter St, M2 3NG.