[Rusholme, Manchester] Jaffa

We’ve been visiting Jaffa, on and off, for well over ten years. It never lets you down for lunch. These days, it’s the only place on the Curry Mile, or the Kebab Kilometre as it’s become, that we visit – there’s much better south Asian food elsewhere in the city. And it’s pretty much a standard order. Lamb shawarma is a generous portion of tasty shreds of meat – none of the processed gloopy offering of the doner kebab places – along with a crisp salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber. And a spoonful of one the hottest chilli sauces you’re likely to come across. And a flatbread, of course. There’s bread also served with a small mixed mezze plate. It’s entirely vegetarian and includes cacik, tabbouleh, olives, potatoes in tomato sauce, mixed salad and several other spoonfuls that are now forgotten. It’s all fresh, light and utterly delicious.

Bear in mind that this is a takeaway with some eat-in tables. Go for the good, cheap food, rather than a restaurant experience.