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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

Daily noon – 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

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
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 Thursday, 24 May 2018

Amazing flavoured food, lovely staff hidden gem love this place!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Everything is perfectly perfect

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Thank you for inviting me to give a review. I had been intending to give you feedback, so your email was welcome. Before Saturday's visit, ZOUK was our special place, so I was very disappointed after booking for my partner's birthday this weekend. We have been coming here for years, had not been recently. It was not a good experience: we were seated us in the full glare of the afternoon sun (1800) in a restaurant that was not busy. They did not notice that we were squinting in the glare - if they did, they did not care. They put a rectangular table next to a round table to make seating for the nine originally booked. One diner did not come, so it was an awkward table for eight, not amenable for social conversation. The table setup did not work, leaving gaps (a rectangle has straight edges, a circle, curves). The music was too loud, and after asking twice, the volume was reduced so that we could talk. In addition, the music was not in keeping with the ethnicity of the menu, being some guitarry sort of music. As for the main reason for inviting friends after giving them a glowing recommendation of the restaurant, the food, it was not great. After enjoying my mixed grill starter, I had the railway curry, which was on the bone, and which I'd expected to be done to a point where the meat was soft and sticky, falling off the bone. This was not the case, nor was it fiery as described. It was a poorly seasoned lamb stew with some spices, and in my time at sea in merchant ships I've had many of those made by poorly versed and/or lazy/uninspired ship's cooks. Not quite what I'd come to ZOUK for, nor was it how I'd recommended the restaurant to my friends, so I found the experience embarrassing as well as not very good from a food point of view. Another diner ordered a shwarma, and it came in what looked like a generic supermarket type wheaten tortilla wrap. I don't remember them serving it in one of these disgusting excuses for bread, I remember it being a roti (but I could be wrong) - in any event, when you are making good home made bread, why would you buy wraps? The garnishes were dried up and shrivelled, not fresh at all, and looked a day old to my experienced cook's eye. They should have been chopped on the day we visited. This was not acceptable. The popadoms and chutneys would have been enhanced by providing a proper atchar, not the onion slop we were served. The relishes were a joke. My partner had the chicken haleem and it came as a chicken and lentil gruel. It was awful. The service was good and prompt, but I don't go to a restaurant for good service; I expect the service to be good as a matter of course. I eat out for the quality of the food, and for me, ZOUK has deteriorated a lot. It has gone down. After this experience, I will not recommend ZOUK to anyone, nor will I return there. It seems that success has not been kind to the restaurant. They should focus on bringing the restaurant back to the standards of a few years ago.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Great touch having the dancer and henna lady, food was spot on!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

We visited your restraunt on Saturday and was unhappy with the service x we ordered our food some people wanted starters some wanted mains and all the food come at once we were trying to figure out who’s food was who’s we realised there was a curry missing but couldn’t get hold of someone to tell them when we did we had ate our food and the waiter tried to bring the curry over we said no and he took it back we watched as there was conflict in the kitchen and it made us feel sad that the waiter had got in trouble then we watched him tell other memebers of staff what had happened and made me feel so uncomfortable we got the bill paid and walked out it wasn’t a nice experience at all.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Although the service was quick and most of the food was good, our starter of chicken wings was not, two of the wings were completely raw inside. We informed the waitress who was quite apologetic, however nothing further was done about it. At the end of the meal, I asked to speak to a manager about it, our waitress assured us he would be over in a minute. After 15-20 minutes the manager arrived, and his attitude was appalling. He basically implied that we were lying, even though the waitress assured us the chicken wings would be shown to the chefs. He then became quite cocky when we said taking the £3.95 for the starter off a £50+ bill was not sufficient, as we had been served raw chicken. Although he apologised it was not at all sincere, and his attitude was flippant throughout. Eventually he took around £17 off the bill. We are not usually ones to complain, and we understand that mistakes do happen. However, we could quite easily have become ill after eating the chicken, and to be treated the way we were after being served raw chicken was astounding. We did not expect such poor service at an establishment such as Zouk. I would appreciate it if the management could contact me further to resolve the issue, if the issue remains unresolved I will be forced to leave this review on all platforms. [email protected]

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Toilets dirty. Popadums ok, but pickles poor. All the "tandoori" starters looked and tasted very similar, mains good and large portions. Could be so much better...where is the love?

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

First time here - will be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Disappointed with the brunch offering and the restaurant did not have a nice atmosphere early in the day. Staff were cleaning and mopping the floors around us which should not really be done with customers, it felt as through we were just being worked around rather than offered a dining experience.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Booked a table and in the comment box asked if they did Birthday requests but got no response or confirmation, messaged on facebook and saw the message but no response. So I decided to go elsewhere.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

We came up from London for the weekend and i can say we will all be back. The food was amazing although a few more vegetarian dishes could be added. Atomsphere was buzzing and very busy and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Your host was lovely and attentive regardless of being rushed off her feet so a big thanks to her!!! Shisha was great too. Thanks for having us

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Lovely place with great food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 April 2018

While the food at Zouk was excellent -as always- on this occasion there was some kind of large party going on upstairs with music and speakers so loud that it was absolutely impossible to maintain a conversation in the tables downstairs. If the event taking place upstairs required their music to be that loud, then the whole restaurant should have been closed for them. Alternatively, guests who made a booking for dinner on that afternoon should have been informed that they may be inconvenienced by an event taking place at the restaurant. The whole evening was frankly ruined by the incredibly loud noise.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

The tiffin lunch is a great menu, everyone said it's a relief to have a simple menu with dishes prepared (meat/veg) for each day. No fuss, tasty and filling. Dont be fooled by the size of the tiffin portions it really is a hearty lunch :) also there is a vegan option

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

The place is beautiful.. however some of the staf make you feel as though, you are putting them out by asking for service. Some staff didn’t even smile or speak, they just put the food down and walked away. When trying to get attention no one wanted to come over. We then booked for outside and no one came over, the seated us and that it. We waited for 5 minutes, they only came over when I called them they asked us what we wanted to which I replied I don’t know what flavours you have. He got the menu of flavours for us but by this point we were very annoyed with the service and left. The food was amazing and delicious but the level of service let them down!!

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

The quality of the food is always amazing.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

I have no complaints about the food but the service was that bad that I paid only for the Starters and walked out. Our waiter was attentive but when we asked for wine lists we were ignored, when Starters arrived they were slammed down and we had to ask for cutlery, which was provided off another table. The atmosphere of the restaurant was not what I expected, particularly the sheesh pipes outside on the terrace. We ordered cocktails that took a long time to prepare and were not great.However the Starters were very good and portion-size was very good.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

Unfortunately the service was bad and it took too long for servers to come to our table.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 April 2018

Great place to eat

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Good to have a clear selection of vegetarian dishes. Some areas of the restaurant (ours) a little dark - not the easiest to read the menu!!

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Visited On Monday, 12 March 2018

Great

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

One of the male waiters was swearing at his staff in front of customers including children. Sat us next to the toilets and could small urine. Wouldn't be going back.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

We were put off by the place needing a good cleaning! Look at switches under computer, thick with dirt. They were directly behind where we were sitting. The glasses weren’t to clean either!

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Visited On Friday, 02 March 2018

The food was lovely and good vegetarian choice. We found the drink prices quite high - especially non alcoholic ones

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