7 Carrbank Lodge , Ramsbottom Lane, Lancashire, United Kingdom, BL0 9DJ
Critics Review 17/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Tue-Sun Dinner, Sat & Sun Breakfast & Lunch.

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About Sanmini's

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Exemplary home-style cooking from Tamil Nadu

With only 20 covers, it’s a miracle Sanmini thrives out in the hills where trade can be sporadic. Food hails from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu whose warm soils owners Dr Dev Sankar and Mini Sankar emigrated from. They run this charming, home-style operation alongside full time work as medics and everything is cooked to order. From the exotic potato filling of the airy masala dosai, to a juicily-spiced Chettinad chicken curry, served on the bone, it’s a feast of spice and flavour. ‘Non-veg’ starters, mains and thali meals (or mixed platters) are available and you can opt for regionally-themed meals from, for example, the districts of Cholan, Pandiyan or Cheran. Wine sourced from India (the red is better than the white) contributes to a compact list while lunch or tiffin choices include steamed rice cakes with lentil sambar, or muttai dosai (pancake, egg, chicken curry). Family favourites like gulab jamun and a more experimental beetroot halwa suit sweet teeth.

Cuisine: Indian
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point:
£ £ £ £ £


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Critics Review
Review by Manchester Confidential's Ruth Allan
At the top of Ramsbottom’s high street, Sanmini can be found in an old gate house, dating from 1857. Solid and church-like, it’s got thick, white walls and deep-set windows. With simple lighting to boot, it’s a galaxy away from the neon brights of Rusholme. Owned by husband and wife team, Padmini and Dev Sanhkar, the two medics (she’s a doctor, he’s an anaesthetist) converted the building into a two-floored restaurant. It’s got a capacity of less than 40 covers, and aims to showcase cooking from the overlooked region of Tamil Nadu. Fresh, vegetarian curries are a theme alongside bright spices, thalis and pancake-style dishes such as dosai and uttappam.
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