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
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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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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 Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Took too many bookings! Usually good but booked tabled for 9pm, didn’t get seated or drinks till 9:50pm. However it is Ramadan so maybe that’s why

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Had to ask to move tables as it was the only table on the outside with water falling onto me, my friends and the table itself also it was too crammed for 4 people. I was told yes by a waiter before someone else said I couldn’t move then was told I had to wait 20 minutes even though I had booked a reservation for 9:30pm. We were eventually moved. The food was spot on but the waiter was rude and often ignored me when I was speaking to him, I don’t know if he had hearing difficulties or something. Also we asked for a heater as our table didn’t have one near it and they had just taken one from elsewhere (at this point it was quiet as it was getting later into the night ). I was told they would bring one over by a waiter twice, it never arrived. My friend also asked if your staff would sing happy birthday to me as they brought out or bottle of Dom perignon, to which he was told that they were not allowed to. I have never heard a restaurant say this before. I would appreciate better service seeing as I did end up spending £648 on my meal with yourselves and it was my birthday.

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Amazing food, highly recommend the Lamb dishes!

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Service is shockingly bad! Table was dirty and we asked one of the staff to wipe it. We had starters but we didn’t have cutlery we had to ask one of the staff to bring us some cutlery. We got our cutlery and at the same time our main dish arrived but we didn’t even touch our starter. We asked to give us some time to finish our starters but in 10 minutes our main meal arrived again and we again had to send it back! Many staff but it looks no one wants to do their job. 10% service charge? We didn’t get the service that approved this 10 % of my waisted money .

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

The service was terrible. We were repeatedly ignored by staff despite them telling us they would return in "5 minutes." It took 40 minutes for us to have our order taken. Thankfully, when the food came it was tasty but one of our starters was cold.

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

Very happy with the service, we dined outside but the outdoor heating made it a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. The steak was also cooked perfectly to my liking (medium). We were fasting so they managed to get the food out to everyone in a timely manner we only waited about 6-7 mins over iftar time but they provided us with fruits and dates beforehand.

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

The food was nice and the service was good but I did think it got a little loud, and also it was a bit pricey on top of that there was a 10% service charge which I hadn’t noticed in my previous (it maybe a new thing) but overall it was decent but not sure if I would go again

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

Just wow! Service, food, atmosphere was exemplary. Family of four dined at 6pm and we were properly looked after. The outside dining area was warm and not crowded at all. All staff wore masks and the place was spotlessly clean. The deposit I paid was deducted from the bill without me having to ask for it. Well done Zouk! We’ll be back soon.

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

Food was absolutely amazing and staff were very welcoming and polite

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

Very poor food

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

We dined outdoors during the outdoor ruling of lockdown for Iftar in Ramadan. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. The waitresses seating customers to the tables seemed unsure of what they were doing and didn’t know where to seat us although we had booked. She also was rude to her colleague in front of us. Besides that, we had a lovely evening and the food was amazing!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

Since the pandemic Zouk has changed for the worse!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

Pre-booked - states online to phone 2 hours beforehand to pre-order the sajji roast lamb. Was told it was not possible to pre-order as 'it was too late' (phoned 2.45hrs before RSVP time). Spoke to the manager who spoke so rudely it was unreal - came in with the 'listennn!!' and the 'we are busy' rather than apologising for the false advertising. Pretty sure the entire reason you'd have a reservation process is to manage congestion. We then waited 1.5 hours for our main, didn't receive one of our starters and were still charged for it and to top it off, a cheeky unearned 10% service charge was added to the bill. Absolute disgrace. Never going back. Gone downhill what from Zouk used to be. Go elsewhere people, go next door, Etci or Nandos :)

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

I booked a table for 9:00 and arrived at that time. I got told on arrival to wait in the queue and didn’t get sat down until 9:20- after booking a table beforehand. What is the point in booking a table if you then have to then wait 20 minutes outside in the cold, as they allowed to many people in- we weren’t the only ones with this issue. We then were led to a table which looked as if it has been shoved there to create more seats as it was right at the entrance and half a meter from another table. This also meant that at one point a staff member asked me to move my seat round so they could clear up. The food order was taken incorrectly which resulted in one of our meals not arriving. We then informed staff of the error and ordered something else. We were given our bill without asking for it in what felt like a bid to get us to leave despite it being open for at least another hour. Not only this but we were given our bill before all our food had even arrived!! It was such a shame because the food and drinks themselves were delicious but all the others combined made it an unpleasant eating experience. The staff were not apologetic in the fact we had to wait even though I booked a table and paid a deposit on that table, which on second looking didn’t come off our bill!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

Food and service were both great- nice to be back after so long

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

My food came cold and didn’t even get handed a drinks menu. The portion sizes for the price is ridiculous I paid £40 for a rubbish Indian takeaway in fact the takeaway gives you way more food. It’s sooo cramped, everyone was squashed like sardines next to one another and really dull. Very disappointed and won’t be going again.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

Top notch food will be back

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 April 2021

The waiter did not remove the deposit off from the bill so I have been charged twice. I am still waiting for my refund

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

Excellent atmosphere, delicious food. Will be returning

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Visited On Friday, 23 April 2021

Great service as per usual

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

We gad a fantastic meal and really enjoyed our evening out.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

Worst experience. Disgusting place to eat, hairs on my food and other customers also complained of hair on their food. Was approached with “oi” by one staff member absolutely appalled. The owner was the most unprofessional individual I have ever come across. I have a following of 1.1million and I have documented to my followers how awful my experience was. Worst place in Manchester without a doubt.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

Great tasty food and quick friendly service.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

we arrived at 1.30 and didn’t get the food in our table until past 2.30pm after we informed the staff about it. So we were waiting for starters for more than 45 minutes. Once we had our food at the table, the staff decided to open the sunshade of the open space and ALL the dust fell in our food and drinks. Still, it took 10minutes for the staff to clean our table. We left the restaurant without having finished our food. The overall experience was very disappointing.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 April 2021

Average

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