Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Who doesn't love a curry? If you don't then this post may not be for you. I've had my fair share of good curries, but I'm still yet to truly delve into the curry world of Manchester, and explore the great authentic meals that the city has to offer with such a large Asian community. Last week I got to tick Zouk off my list, a restaurant serving authentic Indian and Pakistani food in Manchester and Bradford.

You'll know you're close when you see the pretty lights and smell the aromatic scent of shisha passing through the street. Zouk is placed just off Oxford road in the city centre and is beautifully decorated with plants & fairy lights, the atmosphere is already buzzing by the time you hit the entrance with people laughing and smoking shisha. At the entrance you'll be greeted with the open front kitchen, so you can see just how incredibly hard the chefs  work. 

Being the launch of the new steak menu (and me not liking steak) it was Simon's turn to indulge in the finer things on the menu. The manager suggested going for the best of the best and recommended the chateaubriand steak served with roast vegetables, chunky fries and a special 'zouk' sauce. Now I know you're probably thinking...Steak in an Indian restaurant? Yep, but that's what makes it such a special restaurant, it offers more than your standard Indian. Being plain ol' me, I opted for a chicken biriyani because I strongly believe that one of the best ways to judge a restaurant is by trying one of their most simple dishes. If they can do these well then you know it's a good place to go. p.s I'm also quite fussy and like to stick to what I know...

The biriyani was served with the sauce on the side of the chicken and rice, giving me the option to add as much sauce needed based on my preferred spice level, plus our naan and still leftover poppadoms, we had a feast fit for a king. 

Considering having a curry today then? Well luckily for you, Zouk serve brunch, lunch and dinner, so no matter what time you're in the mood for some Indian food you can find it here. Check out their website for the full menu. 


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