Zouk Manchester

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

Monday - Friday 4pm - Midnight
Saturday & Sunday 12noon-Midnight

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

About Zouk Manchester

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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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 Friday, 07 August 2020

Booked a table for outside, when arrived our table was not yet ready and was asked to wait 20 minutes for a table. The outside area was very busy with tables being so close together there was no social distance in place of 2 metres. We therefore did not feel comfortable eating here as felt the outdoor area was a corona fest. We took our service to another restaurant where there was better services following the guidelines from government on social distance.

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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2020

The Rib Eye was superbly cooked and tasted delightful. Bit pricey but the food and decor set the standards high so cannot complain. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2020

Ardddd

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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2020

Slow service

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

Thank you for the wonderful fresh food. So tasty and the naan ... fantastic

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

To much wait for food

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Service was terrible we waited an 1 hour for starter and 1hr for steak to then find our starter was raw you didn’t take the money of the bill still charged us. We used to come all the time but the service has really gone down hill. You have no covid regulations in place

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

We ordered our food with starters drinks and dishes for mains. We received our dishes first and were put on our table. The rotis came after like 20 mins. Which mean the dishes went cold. The starters were bought wrong twice and came after we had the curries. Also we ordered chips which never came so had to take them off the bill. Just shambles.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

The service was beyond slow and our order got missed out so we were waiting over an hour and our starters and mains came at the same time. However, when the food did arrive it was lovely. The atmosphere wasnt great but this was because of COVID-19 and the eat out for less scheme clearly bringing much more customers than they had anticipated and were clearly struggling and so it was quite loud as people were waiting for tables and all tables were full

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

The samosa chaat wasn’t as nice as I remember and the starters of mixed grill were not fresh. It was disappointing

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

The chicken korma for my son was inedible. The chicken didn’t taste nice at all. We told the waiter and he didn’t do anything. You could see it’s hadn’t hardly been touched and we still had to pay. This is the first time we have had a bad experience with the food and was disappointed that nothing was done to rectify the problem.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Myself and my boyfriend booked here for our first date night since lockdown... we had made a booking however when we arrived we were made to wait 45 minutes to be seated & told to get a drink from the bar whilst we wait - when we tried to do this the bar staff said they couldn’t serve us drinks because they were too busy. After our 45 minute wait (we were starving as by now it was 8:30pm) we were seated and put at a table completely out of the way - making it impossible for the staff to see us & know to serve us. Our table had no cutlery on and no napkins etc... however the waiters were going all around the restaurant topping up empty tables with these things. When we were given cutlery (after asking for it), the cutlery we were given had food on the end so clearly hadn’t been washed properly - dried curry we reckon. After about another 15/20 minute wait, someone finally came over to take our drink and food order... they simply mumbled something along the lines of “what do you want” rather than being polite and courteous (introducing themselves etc). Our food eventually comes & even though we had ordered king prawns as a starter we were given a different type of prawn which were really spicy and not what we ordered. They also gave us curries that didn’t LOOK or TASTE like we expected - and no plates to eat off of (just the hot dishes that are meant to keep the food warm). The chicken was slightly pink and my boyfriend said that his wasn’t as hot as it should be for freshly cooked food. We ordered a second round of drinks AFTER my boyfriend stood up to be seen and also after asking several people before someone finally came over to take our order & it took so long to come that we were ready to leave by the time it did - and at no point did anyone come over to ask how the food was. Not to mention... the service was such a shambles that it put us off our food and we ended up not eating it (again... not that it was what we ordered). All in all, the best part of the night was the drinks (because they were definitely worth the price unlike the food and service) and the company made the night. Cheers Zouk :)

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Food was amazing, however service was slow, waiters ignored a lot of what we asked for so had to keep asking for our water and the chutney. We asked to order desserts at the start but were refused so when it came to do so, they’d run out of everything by half past 9! Also couldn’t make us desi tea even though it’s on the menu. It was very loud inside, and the music they were playing did not help, couldn’t have a comfortable dinner conversation. The drinks came about 40 minutes before food so the ice had melted in my mojito and the coke had gone flat way before we’d eaten anything. As great as the food was, it was overpriced. For a birthday dinner or a commemorative dinner I would recommend Zouk, but for a normal night out it’s too much.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

I was disappointed with the lack of social distancing as I was under the impression that booking a table meant that the flow of customers would be better controlled. However, all the tables were in use as they would be normally. After starters we had to wait over 45 mins for the main course which arrived cold and was underwhelming. Even with the discount applied I felt that the food did not justify the price. I certainly will not be visiting again.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

we booked for 8.30pm. When we arrived we were told to be seated and our table would be shortly ready. At 9pm after reminding the staff the table was finally ready.... due to no fault of the waiters but due to overall management the waiters were understaffed and overbooked and therefore it took another 30-40 mins before we got to order anything. It then took another 30 mins to get our starters which were all cold and not to standard leaving out sauces and not coorect in some cases. we were so hungry and could not get hold of the waiter as he had to tend to 10 other tables, 5 of which left due to frustration., so we just ate the cold starters. once the waiter did come we pointed out the two other starters that had still not been received, at this point it was already 10.40 and mains we were told was ready only to hear the kitchen rushing to put out food on to cook. this was the last straw and we had all lost our appetite by this point. it is very disappointing as I have frequented zouk weekly when I was a student staying at the quadrangle above when you first opened and sadly the last four experiences in this last year have all been terrible and after last night we are highly unlikely to choose zouk in the future.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Beautiful place amazing food and atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

The steak was painfully dry with stale chips and incredibly overpriced for what you get. The only thing worth eating was the lamb chops starter. Will not be returning for a steak anytime soon! The waitress was lovely just a shame the mains weren't edible.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Nothing available and food was not great

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

The food was very tasty and the customer service was very, very good and most importantly all the staff wore masks.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Made a mistake with the order but the food was unreal would definitely be coming back

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Booked a table for 7:15 but upon arriving was told to wait at the bar with no offer of any drinks. We were then seated at 7:30 and once ordering drinks, they took a further 15 minutes to arrive. My boyfriend ordered a drink and our server brought the wrong drink so when we sent it back she was really rude to us. We then ordered food and stated twice that we wanted a 10 minute break in between our starters and mains, but they brought them out almost straight after clearing our starters. No complaints about the food. We shared the Tava lamb to start then I had chicken and spinach curry and my boyfriend had chicken karahi. Both of which were lovely. When asking for the bill we noticed a service charge so I said I wasn’t happy paying that because of the reasons listed above however our server then proceeded to try and argue with us over it. It’s a shame the service really lets this restaurant down because the food is outstanding.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

The service was very slow and we had to keep asking to order . When I received the coffee the saucer was chipped and the cup was dirty . Food was nice but service let’s the place down.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

On arrival we stood at the main entrance for 10 minutes before we were seen a lot of staff were just walking past us, we were then seated from there service was ok food was great! 😋 only thing was the main seating area was a sun trap and was no blinds to block the sun was offered another table but same issue there. So was uncomfortable while eating...

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Great place

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

This is a very nice restaurant and staff are very helpful and welcoming

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