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
  • 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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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 Friday, 17 January 2020

Too expensive

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

lovely atmosphere and great service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Usually the food is really good but last night the chicken tikka we got was not well cooked and the tikka sauce was more like tomatoes sauce with some spices. Also the dish tastes like if the chicken had been quickly cooked and thrown into the 'tomatoes sauce'. As I said though usually the food is good, so I'm not sure what happened last evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Best place to eat !! 2020

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Visited On Monday, 06 January 2020

Great service and great food! Will come again soon

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

For a Sunday the service was very slow. Waiters not attentive and ignored a simple request of having Salt on the table!! Cocktails were not proper. Very disappointing as I have visited many times before.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

Chose this place after reading some decent reviews however the service was terrible, we were the only ones there for some time and the waiter didn’t bother smiling, taking our order for drinks etc everytime we needed something we had to go and look for him, the vegetarian food tasted bland but the people eating meat did enjoy theirs so that’s something. We were celebrating a birthday and the whole place just lacked atmosphere, service and good food so really disappointed. We also had a cracked class, and mugs full of tea stains all over them when we received our tea (even with that the waiter first said they didn’t do masala chai then changed his mind and said okay). Really disappointed.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Everything was excellent specially the service.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Lovely place friendly staff with amazing food, loved it.

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

The food was excellent. We did not find the service friendly or welcoming.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 January 2020

The food and drink was excellent and very good value for money. We had the pre-theatre menu. Unfortunately the service wasn’t great we had to wait an long time to be asked for our drink order and we had to ask a few times to be served. It also took a long time for our food to be order to be taken and for it to arrive. Our booking was at 5:15pm and we ended up rushing the food to get to the theatre in time for 7:30pm.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 January 2020

The food was extremely well prepared the chefs are a credit to you as a restaurant. Service was not good. Food order being requested before first drinks, no real advice on dishes given, no plates with poppadoms, had to get up and retrieve napkins from another table, drinks service very slow we were left sitting with none for long periods of time, table next to us had spilt a drink which dried on the floor before it was cleaned up, small side plates given to us with mains and then replacement larger plates given to us were freezing like they had been outside. We will be back for the food but the service needs attention. One last thing worth a mention is our surprise at the sleeping chef in one of the booths upstairs that caused a minor startle when visiting the loo.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Excellent food in smart surroundings

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 January 2020

We were not attend to for 25 minutes. It could have been longer however since we were thirsty we had to call over a busy waiter to gives us drinks and to take our orders. The food was great, however again towards the end we had to call someone to remove the plates and to pay.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

great food and atmosphere in the restaurant!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Very disorganised. Non of the staff were helpful, we had a booking at 9pm and was finally given a table at 9.20. The table was not dressed, no menu's or even asked if we would like a drink. We went to leave but then was offered another table. The wait again was for another 30minutes. There were others who were seated after us but was served before us. We began to think we were discriminated against due to being the only people of colour in the area. We felt that, if we would of been asian, we would of been given a different service. The servers were asking how their meals were and if they needed anything, we were never asked once. I took a plunge to ask 'what about us?' And simply didnt receive much of an answer We decided to leave. Very disappointed and will not be coming back. The worst experience in a restaurant that has lowered its standard over the past 2years. If you are 'somebody' you will be taken care of. Disgusting.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

The staff kept forgetting sides, rushing us and clearing the table before we had finished.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

It was just amazing

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Food was tasteless and overpriced

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Food was excellent, service was great and the atmosphere never disappoints. Definitely recommend the lamb steak!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Service was excellent👏 The food arrived quick (20 mins since we ordered) and it was delicious 😋 highly recommend people to try out ZOUK for a fine dining experience!!! Make sure you book in advance x

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

we enjoyed a very good meal in a nice relaxing atmosphere, will definitely be recommended Zouk’s to friends.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Great Christmas Day! Although a 2 hour slot was more than enough time. Service was rushed and ha to ask the attendant to take our mains back, until we had finished our starters. Small issue which was resolved quickly. I would happily return.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 December 2019

Although we enjoyed the food , the service was not very consistent with a variety of waiting on staff we were a large party and had to chase up things from our order .

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Visited On Thursday, 26 December 2019

Pre theatre menu... half the desserts unavailable and due to slow service we didn't have time to eat dessert we ordered and they wouldn't allow us to reduce from 3 to 2 courses! Disappointed with service but food was tasty.

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