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15 of our favourite Indian restaurants in the North-West

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Here in the UK, Indian food is an honorary national cuisine thanks to the huge number of immigrants from the region that have shared the jewels of their kitchen cupboards with us.

But there is not just one homogenous ‘Indian food’. India is a vast country comprising many different regions and it’s subcontinent extends to surrounding countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal. This results in a colourful and diverse mosaic of flavours, dishes and cooking styles. Traditionally, North Indian food has been the most popular on our shores. But as our fervour for heat, adventure, and layers of spice has grown, so, joyfully, has the diversity of our restaurant culture.

Amongst the rich offerings here are the crispy, stuffed dosas and coconut-rich seafood dishes of the South, traditional Gujarati vegetarian thalis, Kashmiri stone-cold classics like rogan josh, crispy, colourful and creative street food from all over India.

Here are some of the best Indian restaurants in the region –

  • Inside Amma's Canteen, the much-praised Indian restaurant on the edge of Chorlton
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    Amma’s Canteen

    Indian subcontinent

    Passionate Keralan-Indian-Brit fusion. A great place to eat can make the back end of nowhere worth visiting – and (largely) Keralan restaurant Amma’s Canteen, on the outskirts of Chorlton, feels like a destination.

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  • Asha's Indian Restaurant, Manchester
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    Asha’s

    Indian subcontinent

    Modern Indian restaurants come with their own USPs such as street food, home cooking and regionally-specific cuisine. Asha’s, near the library end of Peter Street, has decided to go high-end with proper posh Rogan Josh nosh.

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    Aunty Ji’s

    Indian subcontinent

    Aunty Ji’s is fast becoming one of Levenshulme’s favourite cafes thanks to its friendly, all-comers vibe and a menu that marries Indian street food with modern brunch style eats.

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  • Indoor seating at Bombay Brew Indian Restaurant Rochdale
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    Bombay Brew

    Indian subcontinent

    Bombay Brew brings together beer and Indian street food. Bundobust may be the kings of this combo but unlike its rival, Bombay Brew doesn’t just stick to vegetarian food with its IPAs. Instead, you’ll find everything from lamb lollypops to octopus masala.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
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    Bundobust Manchester

    Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • Book Now Hale

    GupShup

    Indian subcontinent

    GupShup serves food from across India in a setting of laid-back luxury; this is Hale, after all. The menu is relatively small for an Indian restaurant, but it focuses on serving up a taste of the whole country, from the Himalayan Foothills to the Great Trunk Road, and getting the flavours spot on. Quality not quantity. In amongst mentions of Rajasthan and Lucknow, you’ll find Delchester noted as the origin of an excellent tikka pie. It’s a great cross-cultural dish and guaranteed to raise a smile.

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  • Delhi House Cafe Manchester Paneer
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    Delhi House Cafe

    Indian subcontinent

    This slick 2020 addition to the Corn Exchange is determined to do something different to other contemporary Indian restaurants. And it largely succeeds, bringing flair and originality to the well-worn territory of street food and small plates.

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  • The team responsible for the street food magic served at Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle
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    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

    Indian subcontinent

    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle was one of the first local places to step away from the typical menu of the average flock wallpapered curry house and focus instead on Indian street food.

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  • One of the dishes served at Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Ashton-under-Lyne.
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    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

    Indian subcontinent

    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is an unassuming restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that happens to serve some of the best South Indian food in the UK.

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  • Nepalese dumplings, momos, as served at The Little Yeti restaurant in Chorlton
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    The Little Yeti

    Indian subcontinent

    The Little Yeti is one of the newest dining spots on Barlow Moor Rd, but from the well-oiled team behind Didsbury veterans Gurkha Grill. It’s an establishment of the ‘limited menu but executed very well’ variety, which is more common in Asia than over here, where ‘all things to all people’ is perhaps too often attempted.

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  • A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.
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    Mughli

    Indian subcontinent

    Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of Indian Tiffin Room, Amma’s Canteen and Dishoom.

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  • The entrance to Prashad restaurant in Bradford, which is known for its vegetarian Indian food
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    Prashad

    Indian subcontinent

    Prashad is a Gordon Ramsey-rated thrill for anyone craving Gujarati vegetarian food. Since starring on Ramsey’s Best Restaurant show, the team have made the most of the exposure. Expansion, relocation and even a Sunday Times top 40 rated cookbook followed.

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  • Roti Indian Restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester
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    Roti

    Indian subcontinent

    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.

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  • Rice with a range of chutneys at Tharavadu, the popular Indian restaurant in Leeds city centre.
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    Tharavadu

    Indian subcontinent

    Tharavadu, an unassuming Keralan restaurant, has charmed everyone from celebrities (Andrew Lincoln, Sanju Samson) to the inspectors of the Michelin, Hardens and Good Food Guides.

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  • Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester
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    Zouk

    Indian subcontinent

    Zouk specialises in ‘apna’ – home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent years it has incorporated elements of global street food to its menu (prawn and pomegranate tacos, and butter chicken bao for example) but the main focus is still the authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking that made Zouk a success.

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