Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

75-83 Oldham Road, Ashton, United Kingdom, OL6 7DF
Critics Review 14/20
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Daily 11am - 7pm

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About Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

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Vegetarian curryhouse, serving some of the best South Indian food in the UK.
Lily’s is an unassuming Indian vegetarian café in Ashton. It looks like a simple diner, a locals-only type establishment. But there’s cooking going on here that puts much of the Curry Mile to shame. Highlights include pea ‘kachori’; a type of ‘chaat’ or Indian street food that’s typical of a menu that includes raj kachori (from Rajasthan), crisp snack, covered in savoury hundreds and thousands, tamarind relish and yoghurt. South Indian specials include idli sambar (£4, steamed rice cakes with a salty, soup curry and coconut chutney) and dhosa, alphabetical in their abundance. Examples include masala dhosa, cheese masala dhosa, spring onion, plain dhosa - and more - each distinguished by varying chutneys, spices and heats. Mains include tawa panner: a steaming, platter of spice, tomato, and panner, oozing across a tin foil base. With a chef from Gujarat, one from Rajasthan, Mumbai and the deep south, Lily’s has that foodie buzzword – authenticity - by the balls. In fact, owner, Prital Sachdev, headhunted his team by hand. Don’t expect Bollywood bling though. wonky posters and blue lights are the most memorable features of the simple interior. The view is awful (or perhaps 'awfully industrial' would be more apt) but expect fresh, lively, authentic cooking at an exceptional price point. If you are heading over at lunch time, look out for the £3.99 thali.

Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual
Price point:
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Critics Review
Review by Manchester Confidential's Ruth Allan
Lily’s has that foodie buzzword – authenticity - by the balls. There’s a chef from Gujarat, one from Rajasthan, Mumbai and the deep south. Their work visas took two years to come through with owner, Prital Sachdev, headhunting his team by hand. The results are authentic Indian vegetarian dishes from across the country – a 'greatest hits' if you like - with a focus on chaat, sweets and damn near perfect pure veg tucker.
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