If anyone is up and reading this from the Manchester area,I need a bit of help for a late-ish Indian lunch today.
It has to look clean and tidy from outside,because the other half judges kitchens by the general appearance of what is on show,
This criteria would seem to rule out some of the above recommends,however I may be wrong,please advise!
Had a terrific lunch last Sunday at Red Chilli and would go again today without hesitation,but it would be overkill for her.
The best formal Indian place in town was the original EastZEast under the Ibis hotel at the far (BBC) end of Princess St. When it launched it was absolutely spot on but not sure if it has maintained standards.
The second Manchester EastZEast, on Blackfriars just off Deansgate is passable but for whatever reason doesn't match the first on the standard of cuisine or service and I know a couple of people have had mediocre experiences there.
Other popular choices include Akbars down on Liverpool Road (which had a run in with immigration officers recently but is, contrary to rumour, still trading) which I found passable and hardy perrenial Shimla Pinks which is still just off Bridge St though will shortly be moving to a new site in Spinningfields.
Otherwise go with an old stager like The Radjoot on Albert Square? I must admit to never having gone but I think it's decent, in pricy and has got a couple of decent reviews recently. There's the Ashoka on Princess St too but I know even less about that.
Final choice is to stick to the most presentable of the curry cafes - The Kebabish on Hilton St. It's not cheap compared to similar places but will cost you a third of what you'd spend in a restaurant and it's clean and well organised enough not to be scary.
Not sure if it opens on the weekend though?
Hope one of these works for you, have a good day.