Zouk Manchester

Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 5QS
Critics Review 15.5/20
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Opening Information

Monday - Friday 4pm - Midnight
Saturday & Sunday 12noon-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 Wednesday, 14 October 2020

It is advertised on the website a lot more nicer and posh but isn't like that. It's more for casual outgoing.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

The booking was at 8:30 and we’ve waited till 9:20 to get the table which was so unprofessional.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

The food was like chewing gum and the curry was sweet

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Pretty restaurant and food was really nice however service was a bit hit and miss. On telling us we had to leave (due to 10pm close) waiter immediately snatched the shisha pipe out my hand, found that extremely rude. Also, shisha is quite overpriced.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Great staff Arash Sam and Rob and the guy who is always at the till. Always great atmosphere 🙏

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Had an amazing experience on my first visit with my other half, food was so fresh and delicious and loved the outside Terrace had heaters to keep warm. New fave restaurant in Manchester! Carnt wait to come back

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Beautiful restaurant with excellent service, would recommend

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Lovely food, good service :)

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

Fantastic service in a very safe and secure environment . Delighted to see the cutlery came fully wrapped in tissue and the seating arrangements were well designed . Lots of great measures taken

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Great experience quick service quality food. very happy

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

Love the vibe at Zouk and come here frequently. Treated housemates to a last outing before lockdown. Booked a table for 4 outside for 8pm when we got there we were told the table wasn’t ready. Even though it was specifically booked so we could smoke shisha. Asked if we wanted to wait inside and start our meal so we did so. Our waitress was lovely!!! (The only reason there’s one star for service) After we’d eaten we asked about our table outside to be told one would be free in 20 mins. We waited.. and finally we’re lead outside to the smallest table and crammed in to the smallest space whilst there were parties of 2 on tables bigger?! Seems to happen quite often when I go and book a table outside. Not only are the shisha section staff extremely rude and unfriendly, they don’t seem to be great at keeping reservations either. Sort it please as it’s such a let down. Your restaurants staff inside are great!

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

Extremely uncomfortable second time visiting during the pandemic, staff more concerned in receiving money and getting you in and out then actually caring if you enjoy your time or service, staff are very tense and seem frustrated with providing the most simplest customer Service, this is the second time I have had to speak with the manager and I am appalled by last nights service, staff rude, impatient and inattentive. Such a let down during this time when I wish to continue to support my local favourite business but the service is truly lacking,

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Visited On Monday, 02 November 2020

expensive place to eat and the food wasnt the best if i have to be honest

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

First time here, brilliant!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

I ordered fresh orange juice, I could taste it was concentrated from a carton. We asked for different seating, but were told there were booking. Every single table was empty and remained so for the duration of our meal. General atmosphere and music was terrible. I was embarrassed because I’d talked up the restaurant a lot and my friend from London hated it and was very disgruntled. The sunday lunch menu which I came in to try was pretty terrible. I don’t think I’ll be coming back ever

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Visited On Sunday, 01 November 2020

I had the Sunday roast and it was one of the best I have ever tried. The price was reasonable for the food and service provided. Only downside of my visit was the desserts, the traditional desserts ran out and the chocolate fudge cake I tried was okay but nothing special about it. Apart from that a wonderful place with great service and tasty food. A must try

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Amazing service and food is really good

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Lovely place - been coming here for many years.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

After reading all the negative comments on trip advisor we were in two minds. Absolutely fantastic service. Delicious food and great atmosphere. Thanks to Mohammad Shouib who was the waiter. Very friendly and helpful.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Honestly I was very excited to finally come out for a meal with my family during these tough times, however my experience at Zouks was awful. - The service was awful! We had the waitress approaching and hovering over my table while we were eating. Then when we asked for the bill the waiter was very rude and told to pay at the till, once we got to the till we were told to go back to our table! There was so much confusion which then led to the staff arguing in front of us. Once that was settled the waiter rudely told another waitress to “sort these people out, so they can get out of here”. - The food is not what we expected. The chicken steaks ( we ordered 3 separate meals) were all COLD, including the vegetables and the chips. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone going out to have a good time with friends or family.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

We arrived for our meal, when we arrived we were seated not longer a waited took our order. We received our food fairly quickly, when the food arrived 3 of the chicken steak orders were COLD! The boiled veg was ice cold like it had come out the fridge, chicken was cold only thing that was luke warm was the chips. As we were eating we had one of the waiters standing over us who kept approaching our table collecting food we were still eating, we ate part of our meal leaving most the food as it wasn't edible. We asked for the bill the waiter told us to go downstairs and pay so we did, we approached the desk downstairs to pay and the manager told us to go upstairs and pay we at this point refused as we got sent downstairs to pay the manager called the waiter from upstairs and started arguing with him in front of us, he was very verbally aggressive he then called another waiter over in a very rude manner and said “take this lots payment” which i found very rude. We paid our bill and walked out knowing we were not happy with the food and the service at all no good will gesture was even offered! I definitely will not be coming back and definitely will NOT recommend this restaurant to others. Very disappointed overall.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

We had the burgers and the meat was very hard and dry, parts of the meat was burnt and we couldn’t eat this. We also ordered the mixed platter some of the meat was very hard which was not great. We told the waiter they said sorry and that was it. Once I paid I asked for the break down of the bill and I saw a optional service charge which I asked to be removed and I was told it was to late. This really upset us, we have been here a lot and this has never happened before but has really put me off.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

The service was great once it got going and our glasses were always full for the bottomless brunch! The prosecco was ice cold and quite tasty, it felt like they'd put some thought into the quality of the food and drink on offer, would definitely go again!!!

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

Good atmosphere but the taste wasn't all the hype. The starters were nice, I never complain but the mains weren't great in taste to the point my brother was sick on the way home, we live about an hour out. We found out at the beginning the desert we wanted wasn't in stock but various attempts were made to see if we wanted to order deserts, we ordered more drinks which never came to the point when we were finished I had to cancel them. But overall the staff were friendly 😀

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

I have eaten at ZOUK several times and have never been disappointed. Had my sixtieth birthday there last year and can totally recommend the HOLE LAMB ROAST. Will be back soon.

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