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

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 Saturday, 09 November 2019

Excellent customer services.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Lovely restaurant, delicious food and great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Upon arrival we were ushered to the back of the room and seated behind an obstructive wall, all we could see was 3 other tables & the kitchen door. Requested to be moved to another table as we felt quite isolated and uncomfortable and was told “other guests will be arriving soon and sitting on that table it’s not isolated” by a mature male waiter. We then ordered food & when it came out there was a rice dish missing, we then asked for another round of the SAME drinks which was JD honey and coke and got given JD fireball and coke. Then whilst we were dining 4 young Asian females arrived and were shown to the same isolated seating area that we were sat, the girls complained about where they were about to be sat and straight away got moved to a different table. As a young white female this has made me feel very uncomfortable, singled out and made to feel different. I feel the staff at Zouk would benefit from re-training on customer service and how to treat every body with the same respect and equality. As a manager in a retail business myself I would not expect any of my staff to treat customers the way I got treated and I would most certainly take it further. I won’t be returning to this establishment and I certainly would not recommend it

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Visited On Sunday, 03 November 2019

We ordered the lamb for 2 when it came it was huge way to much for 2 people and we left slot of it I felt it was a waste of money as it got thrown away. We was advised it was for 2 people on the phone it would if fed 4-6 people and we had to pay over £11 service charge I would of rather been given the option to leave a tip or not. The restaurant was beautiful and starters and cocktails was very nice

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Visited On Sunday, 03 November 2019

Everything was okay, however the food wasn’t piping hot on arrival and the service we recieved didn’t feel very personalised, servers seemed to want to speak to their colleagues more than their customers and were always in a rush to leave the table, we weren’t even offered any extra drinks with our food. The food was good, if a little lukewarm and the restaurant was clean.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

I waited 15 minutes from arriving to receive a drink. My friend arrived shortly after me and waited 50 minutes for a drink. Food was very spicy, I ordered a tikka masala , but nobody came to see if the food was ok, the food was taken away, still no body asked if everything was ok.

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Visited On Friday, 01 November 2019

We ate from the pretheatre menu. The food was great, very tasty. Would definitely recommend

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Visited On Friday, 01 November 2019

Terrible service! Wouldn’t dine with Zouk again! Food served cold - manager thought he could send us a free Diet Coke and corona beer complimentary without any apology! Shocked at manager as he smirked when I said to him we didn’t want free drinks! Food was just thrown in microwave agd not even heated properly not even freshly cooked

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Visited On Friday, 01 November 2019

My favourite Indian restaurant in Manchester!

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Visited On Friday, 01 November 2019

Dined from the pre theatre menu and the food was plentiful, very tasty and the service was top class. Would highly recommend a visit

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Visited On Monday, 28 October 2019

With limited time we could only stay for a main course. We explained our time restraint and the serving staff responded well, taking our order quickly and bringing the delicious dishes in plenty of time for us to enjoy them. We both chose the Chicken Jalfrezi: hotter than expected but very tasty. Will definitely visit again when we have more time.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Not enough vegan options for me.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 October 2019

I ended up walking out of your restaurant with my friend. The service was awful nobody wanted to serve us even when we were trying to get people’s attention we would get looked at but ignored. There was many unoccupied staff members. Our table has no cutlery on it even though we made a reservation which wasn’t a problem until a very miserable member of staff started setting all the tables around us except ours all we wanted was a drink! I’ve never been treated like this anywhere I was very shocked and my friend was even more unhappy especially with it being quite an expensive restaurant.

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Visited On Friday, 25 October 2019

Me and my Fiancé dined here at the weekend. The full evening was easy a 5 star experience from the service, food and the staff were so available to help as and when we needed service. I didn’t think Akbars could be beaten but zouk may have possibly changed my mind!! Thanks for having us, can’t wait to visit again and I will sure recommend to anyone wanting a good Indian dish !!

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Visited On Friday, 25 October 2019

A good welcome, good food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 October 2019

A modern take on Indian food served in a light & airy setting (not a trace of flock wallpaper anywhere !). Food was delicious with generous portions & the pre-theatre menu was great value for money. Let down slightly by indifferent service, all the more disappointing as the restaurant was very quiet & service charge was automatically added to the bill. However would probably return to give the restaurant a second chance

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Great food and great service as ever.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

There was 2 families (one visiting from London) who dined on Sunday evening. The four adults had the Sunday roast and the 7 kids all had curries in various strengths. The food was AMAZING!! The Sunday roast came and there was two chickens, slices of succulent beef and a divine leg of lamb where the meat just fell off the bone. We had Yorkshire puddings, broccoli and carrots. One of the kids wants to be a chef and the staff were more than happy to show him round the open kitchen. The staff were fabulous very attentive and helpful in particular our waiter Tugay. Would highly recommend, we had a great time!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our celebratory dinner at your restaurant. The whole stuffed lamb was nothing short of sensational. A lunch to remember.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

Disappointed with service from the bar staff , drink were given in sticky dirty glasses and the some starters came much later and were cold. Additionally one mains came cold too with out the yoghurt sauce . Service wise , only 1 waiter was helpful when we complained about the drinks .

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

The food was lovely, however the service was far from up to scratch. I went there for a birthday meal and overall had a nice time. The food came as ordered however we had to wait over 45mins to get our drinks, (which had come after our food had arrived) and were repeatedly ignored throughout the night by multiple staff members when asking where they were. I am guessing the lady who took our order had forgotten to put the drinks through?The same woman then started clearing away our plates when the majority of us hadn't finished eating. I could tell the restaurant was quite busy, obviously as it was a Saturday night and a couple girls were very accommodating, despite not being our original waitresses. We all enjoyed the food and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere although unfortunately a couple of the staff members were not very attentive.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

had a great meal , really enjoyed our fantastic sharing starter , there is an incredible range of options for mains and I'm sure that all will be as tasty as our were. It was really busy which provided a great atmosphere but the service could do with being more prompt on the drinks. Would definitely come again and will certainly recommend it to friends,

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

Lovely place. Service was slow . Bit too many staff all doing different bits of stuff. We had to ask for plates and cutlery after starter and it took 3 different staff as each one passed a message to the other. We asked for theatre menu and was told they thought it changed each day so We just went with the normal menu to save time. Food nice but disappointing had much tastier at my local Indian. Place looked brilliant but food and service didn't match our expectations

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

Had reservation for 8:30 I was there before that got table around 9:30 what’s the point in having a reservation ??? Some people I saw were getting tables without any reservation because some of your staff members knew them. That’s not fair however I won’t be coming again and neither would recommend anyone

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Lovely experience overall. Would recommend and come back 100%

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