[Manchester, city centre] Scene

We’d planned to go for dinner at this newish Indian place in Spinningfields a few weeks back but traffic jams made it impossible to get into the city centre so we gave up. This time, we went for lunch. It’s a big modern place on the Left Bank – of the Irwell. They have a terrace which was great on this warm, sunny day.

There’s a fairly extensive menu in the evening and, almost inevitably with recent Manchester openings, there’s a lot of “street food” dishes. This is a “good thing”. Much of the main course menu nods towards regional dishes but they do retain a section of the “any protein with any sauce” curry house dishes. At lunch, there’s a very short menu – just three starters and three main courses. There’s also an attractive sounding thali, which is what we went for.

It comes on a metal tray – rice, poppadum, salad, onion bhaji, bowl of mint & cucumber raita, bowl of cauliflower curry, bowl of “main course”. For the latter, there’s a choice of lamb, chicken or chickpea (we went with the two latter). It was all good – accurately spiced with nothing overpowering, although the cauliflower was a bit mushy for our preference. And generous portioning at that.

Certainly a place to return for dinner.