Mowgli Manchester Oxford RoadIndian subcontinent
Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona’s Mowgli chain keeps on expanding from its original Liverpool base, and the University Green restaurant is Manchester’s second branch.
In a shiny new space, two-storey floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the landscaped lawns from popular swing seats suspended from the rafters, while a mezzanine level offers a perfect people-watching position. Food wise, think mix and match small plates. The yoghurt chat bombs, vegan temple dahl mopped up with fluffy puri flatbread, and chickpea-battered gunpowder chicken are the stuff of legend, but then the staff recommend the Mowgli paneer while the house lamb curry follows Nisha’s dad’s own recipe. Take the pain out of picking – let’s talk tiffins; those stackable tins that unpack into a full meal. Each with four tiers, there are three choices of “food roulette, total pot luck”: vegan school tiffin, Indian school tiffin and office worker’s tiffin, which contains “meat, veg & carb jeopardy chosen by chef as it is in India”.
We’re sure you’ll find room for a smoked cardamom old fashioned or even sorbets and ice cream; add gulab jamun doughballs (the equivalent, we’re told, of sticky toffee pudding) or chocolate brownies at your own discretion.
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