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The India-Meets-Scotland Street Food Spot Serving Up Iron Bru Cocktails & Indian Fish & Chips

By Laura Rogan

The India-Meets-Scotland Street Food Spot Serving Up Iron Bru Cocktails & Indian Fish & Chips

The Indian fusion we never knew we needed.

Reinventing their inspiration for well over a year now, Roti Chorlton renounces tradition for innovation when it comes to crafting Indian dishes – opting to fuse the classic cuisine with influences from a rather unlikely counterpart, Scotland.

Now, you may be thinking it’s all Buckfast and curries, which, sure, would definitely fit the bill, but the influence actually runs much deeper than that, pairing street-food style dishes with popular – and more subtle – influences from both countries.

Credit: Roti

Opening in late 2019 – just a matter of months before the pandemic struck – Roti can be found on the busy Barlow Moor Road, offering both a dine-in and takeaway experience for all to enjoy. And when we say ‘all’, we really mean it – with the restaurant serving up a menu full of tasty vegan dishes that mean everyone can get in on the action.

Elsewhere on the menu, however, is where the real fun is hidden – with tons of fusion dishes to try, all as exciting as the next. Think Scottish Haggis Pakoras, battered fish with Masala potatoes and curried chickpeas, chaat Masala seasoned pork Scotch Eggs, curried belly pork, and even an ‘unauthentic’ take on the classic Butter Chicken dish.

Credit: Roti

Each dish boasts the warmth of India with the accessible feel of proper British cuisine – with even a roti chip butty making an appearance on the menu in the true spirit of combining the contrasting, yet complementary cultures.

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And if you thought it was just the grub that had received the Scottish treatment, you’d be wrong, with interesting drink concoctions including the Iron Bru Negroni, a Butterscotch Espresso Martini, Scottish gins, and a small selection of Indian beers on tap. In addition to alcoholic beverages, guests can sip on ‘Mi Lassi’ milkshakes, or satisfy their sweet tooth with a ‘roti take’ on the battered Mars bar.

Credit: Roti

Home to a welcoming terrace overlooking the street, Roti welcomes customers whatever the weather, with an industrial-style interior to the restaurant which pairs that classic street food vendor aesthetic, with colourful murals that mirror Manchester’s creative street art scene.

Open seven days a week from 4pm on weekdays and 12pm weekends, Roti can be found at 559 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 8AN. 

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