With a newly refurbished garden terrace extending the otherwise bijou space, Chorlton’s Roti has plenty of cocktails, draught beers and other drinks to keep you watered, while the mostly Indian, but slightly Scottish, menu of over 20 dishes will see you fed.
Of those dishes, almost half of them are vegan or can be vegan on request (these ones are marked VE*). Of course, there are the classic onion bhajis and samosa chaat small plates, but then there’s the rich and creamy mushroom makhani, perfect with rice, and lentil tarka daal, great for dunking with naan bread or even the roti of the restaurant’s name. Other house specialities include the likes of the Indo-Chinese Gobi Manchurian cauliflower number and aubergine ponako (eggplant fritters deep-fried in Roti’s own gram flour batter), and you can’t not try the “Chip Butty”, complete with quotemarks – chickpea chips marinated in an aromatic pickle and curried aloo then wrapped in an authentic roti.
Fish wise, think Shimla prawns or Goan fish curry; meat wise, think fiery-marinated then deep-fried chicken 65, succulent lamb khati roll and Indian-spiced duck biryani.
The Scottish slant? How about Roti’s take on the Scotch egg – wrapped in a coating of lamb seasoned with secret spices – or mince and tatties – spiced lamb with soft, fluffy masala spuds. Surely neither, though, can beat a Scottish haggis lightly coated in a spiced gram flour and fried to create the haggis pakora.
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