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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, 13 April 2019

Really enjoyed our meal, very friendly. Meal was very fresh and tasty, lots of choices on menu and nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend for any occasion or just a treat eating out.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Service staff started clearing the table whilst people were still eating.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

A fine meal, served with care. In a restaurant that was just too warm. Turn the heating down.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Very bad service

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

Zouk is my favourite Asian restaurant in Manchester. The food is beautifully prepared and the portions are generous. The Tiffin menu at lunchtime is incredibly good value for money. My favourite meal is the Palak Paneer. It is the best spinach and paneer dish I have ever had. The staff at Zouk are always extremely attentive and welcoming. They are a credit to the restaurant.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

The last time i went about 2 years ago, i enjoyed the food and service. This time i went with my family and the food was below average. The waiter took note of half my order and one dish that i was looking forward to was no longer on the menu and the waiter didn't tell me till after the mains arrived at the table, so i was one curry less. My siblings had steak and both had upset stomach the next day. I won't be going again.

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Visited On Monday, 01 April 2019

Waitress brought a dirty glass. Then replaced it with another dirty glass! My plate was also dirty and I swapped it for a plate on another table. Then I was served the wrong starter. First visit... and my last

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

We had a late booking and the service and food were good. But at the end of the meal we were not asked whether we wanted desert: the bill was simply brought. Then as we were about to finish our drinks we were asked to leave the tables. If you advertise as serving till midnight you have to expect people to be there at 12.30. A pity, because otherwise it was a good experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Our waiter was very friendly and gave us complimentary popadoms and biryani which was strange. We ordered little drinks which was a Diet Coke and two tap waters then arrived after we had finished eating. On ordering we chose chicken korma and the waiter assured us it was very sweet. When the food arrived the chicken korma was awful the quality of chicken was bad when you picked a piece of chicken up it was connect by another and another like veins or something. We would ask waiters going by for our drinks and they would say yeah and then go do something else we asked for our bill and waited ages but then was told to pay down stairs. We was seated in the waiting area upstairs and there was a counter and a door labelled staff only with bins outside and food all over the floor isn’t wasn’t very clean at all. It was busy and the atmosphere was lively but everything else failed massively

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Dined here on Sunday night and the service was shocking! Waited at reception for 15 minutes before someone came and asked if we had a reservation. Had to clear our own table when food was brought over. Once we had our food nobody cane to ask if we liked any drinks the whole time we was there. Then when I ordered desert (brownies and ice cream) the brownies cane cold. I shouldn’t have even paid!! Shocking service

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Visited On Monday, 01 April 2019

Even though I had booked in advance and confirmed my booking over the phone, it seemed like a surprise to the staff when our party arrived. Our table wasn't ready, which meant we had to rush our lunch as we had to be back at work on time.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Lovely meal at Zouk as always, originally came to try the Sunday dinner but it didn’t look upto much (saw the table next to us) so glad we stuck to the Indian food itself. Service is ok in there, but it’s annoying how they have so many people walking about but only 2 that can take actual orders, so you have to ask someone else to get someone you can order from - Ridicolous! So when the bill came with the 10% service charge at £6 I refused. I happily pay a tip but the tip I feel is deserving of the server and ours wasn’t deserving.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Amazing food! Best Indian around.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Hi, me and 4 other friends attended zouks tea bar and grill on Saturday just gone everything looked like it was running smoothly till our drinks took 10 minutes to arrive which is ok seeing as how busy the restaurant was but then the waiter forgot one of our drinks which we then had to wait another 10 minutes for, starters came out which were spot on. The mains came out which they then forgot to bring our rice so we sat there for 5 minutes waiting for rice to start eating which the waiter then said he gave us an extra rice for free. Then came the bill. Service charge on the bill which is optional so we chose not to pay it, the waiter then had the cheek to question us about why we wasn’t paying the service charge and asked up for a tip instead which originally we was going to give him till he asked. After explaining to the waiter why he wasn’t getting a tip I.e. drinks not on time forgetting the rice he then had abit of a tantrum and took us down to the desk at this point we felt shown up as the reception/bar area was full and we was being made to look like we were in the wrong. After the waiter explained to the lady on reception about the service charge/ tip she took our side and told him we don’t have to pay any service charge or tip which then he had another tantrum and stormed of which is very unprofessional the lady on reception then apologised for his attitude. In all respect we were going to give him a tip but his attitude stunk and he was very rude questioning about the service charge/tip as a first timer at zouks and being recommended by many friends I wish I could say I’d eat here again because the food/atmosphere is up there with the best in Manchester just the service/attitude of the waiter that spoiled it for us

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

It was a Saturday evening (so we expected it to be busy and to wait a while for food), however we did not expect the following. A rude waiter/boss running the top floor, who was ignoring not only our table but other tables too. Having to ask for a glass of water several times over 20 minutes is just one thing that went wrong. The music was so loud and thumping, we thought it was just our view but it turned out the tables sat either side of us agreed. It felt like a night club rather than a restaurant. It again took several requests to get food packed up and to get a bill. One table next to us had been waiting a long period of time for food. The other table, the waiter had taken one persons order wrong. A child was left with no meal whilst the rest of the family were eating. His food arrived once everybody else had finished eating. The only approachable and helpful person was the lady from reception. The food was also nice. However, the overall poor service and nightclub level music atmosphere which meant we were shouting over to each other across the table, led to a poor experience and ruined my birthday. I have been here previously before, seated downstairs and not experienced such a bad experience.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

First time at Zouk I have been eating Curry’s for many years at home and around the World, I also have a passion for cooking Indian food I thought the food we had Today was first class, friendly atmosphere and service,complemented Chefs on way out Looking forward to returning with friends and family Dave Nikki and family

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Visited On Sunday, 24 March 2019

I came to Zouk with my partner for brunch on Sunday 24th of March after having seen the “50% off during March” promotion on Instagram. The Instagram post made the brunch options look a lot more appetising and fulfilling that it actually was in real life. The eggs were difficult to remove from the pans, we didn’t receive any beans until we reminded the staff member and it all seemed to be shoved onto one plate. Generally it was just a little underwhelming. It was also annoying that when asking for the bill, it came back full price (£10 each instead of £5) with a service charge and carbon donation on top. I had to ask for the 50% reduction to be acknowledged and when I did the server replied “well have you booked the promotion deal?”, 1. I had no option to book a promotion deal when booking my table online and 2. if that is what Zouk is offering throughout March then it should be automatically applied to every customer, not just the ones that have spotted it on Instagram and then have to remind the staff about it anyway. And to assume I want to pay a service charge without giving me an option is highly frustrating. I usually enjoy the Zouk experience but this time have been left disappointed.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

The waitress was very abrupt and it almost seemed like I had annoyed the waiter when I asked for drinks I had to tell 3 different people before I had revived my drinks however the lady at the desk was lovely and had us seated pretty quick

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

fab breakfast but rather slow service today. but will come back as the mezzo brunch is well worth the wait.

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

Mezze brunch was excellent, and good choice of dishes.

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

As vice-president and public lecture coordinator for Manchester Astronomical Society, for several years I have been bringing our professional astronomical guest speakers to Zouk for a cosy pre-talk meal with other MAS council members before going over the road to Manchester Metropolitan University. The good food and dining experience is always friendly and is much appreciated by us all.

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Visited On Monday, 18 March 2019

I have been twice before in the last two months, but found that the food is better on the weekends. The food was not hot just warm and I ordered a handi chicken. It was not the same as I ordered on my last visit. This one was different in looks and taste, but I did not moan because it was my cousin's birthday and I did not won't to make a scene. Apart from that I will come again but not in the week just weekends.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

Excellent !

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

Great brunch menu

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Truly amazing atmosphere, very friendly staff followed by amazing fast service and the food is on point and really tasty

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