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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

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, 16 February 2019

Service was very slow.waited about 45 minutes for starters lamb chops were very tuff and kebabs were dry.Then waited ages again for mains and portions were small and not value for money

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

service was terrible, food took over 30 mins to come. I would never come again.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Too busy and extremely noisy. Very difficult to have a conversation as we just couldn't hear each other. Felt like it was cramped in, tables very close together. Book early in the evening as we had a baby with us, this didn't matter as it was packed. Food was good--nothing outstanding which was disappointing as I was expecting something special. Didn't feel like it was value for money. Very disappointed.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Having pre ordered from the valentines menu we were not even asked our name when we arrived. We were rushed to our table and were asked to place our order from the menu. Having finished the starters we asked for a 10-15 minute wait until the main course and we even heard the waitress tell the manager about our request. 3 minutes later our food arrived which we were not happy about. Why rush people when we have booked a table. The atmosphere and food were great but some of the staff and the general condition of the restaurant I.e. the paint work, the toilets and the decor are worn and look dated. Will be back soon as the food is top notch but more attention to customer service and a general experience is needed.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Love it

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Worst place I have ever been to eat! Charged us £20 for a service charge. Food was awful and the bill did not add up charged us £241!!! Will never go there again!! So over rated not happy at all!!

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Great meal as always

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Visited On Thursday, 31 January 2019

We specifically asked to ensure certain dishes were gluten and dairy free due to severe intolerance. They said the dishes were dairy and gluten free. However, this was not the case as one of the party became very ill after dinner. The service and food are good, but the place is not for people with food allergies or intolerance.

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Visited On Monday, 28 January 2019

Nice food

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Firstly, I booked a table for 3 people for 8:45 on a Saturday evening. Got to Zouks for the booking time however we did not get seated until 45 minutes later even though we had a booking and the excuse was that “ it was a Saturday” which was a pathetic excuse. Secondly, when we finally got seated The area was extremely hot. We asked the waiter politely is there any air conditioning as it was quite hot. The waiter replied “ We are trying to make the atmosphere of what it would be like to dine in India” which is fair enough however it was too hot to function and to even eat baring in mind we were sat above the kitchen. Thirdly, we ordered food and it didn’t come for another 45 minutes however the people across from us who came after us got their food first. When the food arrived two of the three dishes we were extremely unhappy with. One ordered a king prawn and coconut curry, on arrival the portion size was one for a child and the size of the prawns were atrocious and not KING as stated on the menu. The rice on the side was undercooked and hard and dried out. The other dish was a steak on arrival the steak came with a butter knife which is impossible to cut a steak with. I asked the waiter for a steak knife it did not arrive until 15 minutes later when my steak was cold and hard. Lastly, at the beginning of the meal before we even ordered we asked for a jug of tap water. We did not receive this until the bill was payed at the end of the meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Truly excellent all round

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Food was below average , calamari was just like chewing gum. Naan was cold and just like papadum. Asked to get fresh naan which took about 15 minutes to arrive , in meantime all curries went cold.

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Lovely food and atmosphere. Service was excellent!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Lovely food, had Keema and scrambled eggs, gorgeous

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Starters all amazing, maim was a little bland (curry) and not much to offer for dessert as a lot had sold out.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Excellent choice for the adults. Kids menu would be great.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 January 2019

I represent Manchester Astronomical Society. and organise its free monthly public lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University, Oct-March. Zouk was recommended about three years ago for our pre-lecture meal and has never let us down. The food and ambience is good and its a great place to meet with our lecturer before going over to the lecture theatre.

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

We had a lovely meal. Excellent service and very nice food. We will come back. Thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Delicious food, would recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Food was amazing Service was excellent and fast

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Lovely meal. Friendly service and great atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Lovely food and great service, a very welcoming atmosphere. Would highly recommend a visit and I’m sure it will quickly become a regular dining favourite.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Great food, best Indian we have had in Manchester

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