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Zouk Manchester

Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 5QS
Critics Review 15.5/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday 12noon - Midnight
Tuesday 12noon - Midnight
Wednesday 8am - Midnight
Thursday 8am - Midnight
Friday 8am - Midnight
Saturday 9am - Midnight
Sunday 9am - Midnight

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Tiered Restaurant
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Bar

About Zouk Manchester

Description brought to you by Manchester Confidential:

Contemporary Indian curry and grill house.

Zouk’s Asian restaurant specialises in 'apna', or home style cooking which Confidential’s Mark Garner describes as ‘shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs’. But there’s plenty to please conservative palates with a menu that includes seafood (king prawns, haddock, tiger prawn, scallops, cooked with pomegranate & coriander seeds) cooked on a ‘water grill’ (which steams and grills at the same time). Slow-cooked curries include the aniseedy lamb nihari; a thrill for any meat lover. Be warned: some dishes are strictly for the connoisseur. Garner describes megaz (or brains) as a kind of ‘Eastern haggis with the heat from the chillies and bucketloads of ground spices”’ while paya are sheeps hooves which ‘melt off the bone into fragrant broth’. Start with Punjabi lollipops (chicken and prawn dipped in pomegranate) and enjoy a hookah or two under the canopy outside. The large, purpose-built space and tasteful lighting lends an unexpected nobility to this always-busy restaurant.

Cuisine: Indian, Asian, BBQ & Grill, Brunch, Cocktails, Halal, Punjabi, Steak, Arabic
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Manchester Confidential's Jonathan Schofield
15.5/20
Being a pedantic sod I pointed out with its neighbour dish on the menu - the Paya - that sheep don't have 'trotters' but 'hooves'. Given the food was so good I might be prepared to change my mind, who cares about the name when it packs this amount of flavour. The flesh fell off the bone, fat and all, into a broth that was full, lush and palate-liftingly zingy. You need naan bread to help add weight and then a spoon to clear the plate. Marvellous that one.
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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Food was really good but service was not brilliant the guy who took our order just wasn't interested and came across as quite rude but the others who served were fine, it was just a bit off putting - however food made up for it so would definitely go again

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Appalling service and food was very basic. They forgot about our order making us wait for nearly 2 hours once the food had arrived they had forgotten about one meal again and 2 sides. Then they had the cheek to add on a service charge which we had refused to pay. Would never go here again.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Absolutely horrible experience this time. Literally service, delays in food serving, cold food, uncooked starters, ruined my Saturday. When food was served, there were no plates on the table, it took the waiter literally 10 minutes to get the plates. Even the waiter said, he is sick of working at this place - literally 3 waiters were running around dealing with at least 50+ people and every table was complaining.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We were a party of three and we booked for lunch in advance - however on arrival we were barely greeted and made to wait in the bar even though it wasn’t busy. When we finally sat down no drinks order was taken and we had to wait 15 minutes before ANY order was taken. The food arrived randomly - eg curry with no rice, poppadums half way through, missing starters. Very little engagement from the staff, not even putting plates down neatly or accurately. The food was nice but the service was TERRIBLE. Will not be returning to Zouk or recommending it to others.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Food was amazing and Turk was a great host.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Good restaurant, lovely good, a little pricey but nice for a treat

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Myself and fiancee booked a meal for our 4 year anniversary at Zouk as we had heard that the food was delicious. We arrived and were seated pretty quickly, handed the menus and shown the offers. Our order was taken about 10 minutes later and at this point we ordered our drinks. Half an hour later, and reminding the waiter twice, we got our drinks. The food soon followed. When the food arrived we ordered another drink, again we waited and waited. We waited so long that we had finished our food and had to leave as our train home was due. We asked for the bill, again, we waited so long that we ended up walking to the entrance of the restaurant and asking the waiter on reception if we could pay him. Upon payment, we were also charged a service fee of 10%. As we were on the minutes, we didn't have time to complain as we would have missed the train. We paid and left. Its such a shame that the service was so poor as the food was excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

One of the best lamb curries I've ever had!

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Brilliant restaurant

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

The music is too loud and as such it is almost impossible to have a conversation with others on your table

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

While perhaps a little overwhelmed by the busy period, service was friendly and helpful; the food was delicious and very reasonably priced; the modern atmosphere is neither too casual nor intimidatingly formal - Ideal for a date. We will definitely be returning for more!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Visited for the first time for Sunday lunch with parents and kids...the desi dishes were a solid 7/10, unfortunately the kitchen seem incapable of cooking greens. The veg (broccoli esp) were uncooked on the verge of being raw and the roast chicken wasn't cooked throughly (bloody on the bone and pink!!). The roast was untouched and left over with the staff being told on the poorly cooked dishes, no response, bill settled, doubtful will be returning as both kids and parents weren't impressed. Recommend the Lebanese next door though!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Had to wait even though table booked. Bar was slow and seemed to be arguing with each other and didn't exactly know what they were doing, also used dirty glasses. Staff man handle fruit going into drinks such as strawberries and waiters hands all over nan breads etc when they shouldn't be. Plates were cold prior to food arriving, always a bad sign. Cutlery was dirty. Food was tasty, its a shame everything else lets it down. The taxi driver pre warned us of the service, compared to Akbars its not as good. Overpriced for service and experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

I have been coming to Zouk for years as the food is very good, despite the fact that the service has always been terrible. But now the food isn't as great as it used to be, I am less inclined to choose Zouk when there are many similar offerings in the city, with good quality food and far superior service. It's a real shame.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Food was requested mild but for the children too hot to eat, To be fair the lady that served us was lovely. Disappointed that a service charge was added to the bill at 10% then when we paid cash our change wasn’t returned either as presumed to be another tip . 2 adult and 3 children was over £100 for 1 course only.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Delicious food, best naan bread I have ever tasted! Food was so fresh and super quick service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fabulous

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The food was excellent. At first when you look at it you think it doesn't look much but it's very filling. I love the fact you can see the chefs preparing the food. For lunch, the Tiffin is amazing value for money and even better when the boss pays :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Lovely food, perfectly seasoned, tender meat, fresh salad, wonderful sauces, great service .. brilliant!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Everything was excellent.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 September 2018

Great food and service as always!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

First visit and we will definitely be back. Amazing service, food and value for money! Think we have just found our best curry ever!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 September 2018

Very poor service Drinks were not cold at all Food had literally no seasoning very very bland This was not worth the money at all and I won't be returning ever again

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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

The service for the food side was below satisfactory. We travelled from Birmingham visiting Manchester & heard some postive things about this place. As we was celebrating a birthday we made a reservation & requested particular things to make this person day special. We got the opposite. Poor front of house service, poor table service. Waited more than an hour & the restaurant was not even busy to justify for late mains arrival. Starters came an adequate time however but all in all, not enough staff. More likely will be swerving this place should it pop up again.

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