Indian restaurants in Manchester (outside the Curry Mile)

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The Curry Mile isn’t the only place for an amazing Indian meal in Manchester. Cast your net out further afield and you’ll find plenty of amazing Indian restaurants doing exciting things, free to experiment a little more and offer a different kind of experience. In this guide, we’re exploring some of the fantastic curry houses in areas such as Spinningfields, Gatley, Didsbury, Manchester city centre and beyond, that bring something special to the city’s South Asian food scene.

You’ll find restaurants offering entirely meat-free dining, and in one notable case, completely vegan, as well as an Indian take on fine dining, plus plenty of other forward-thinking takes on this endlessly versatile and flavour-packed style of cuisine. While the Curry Mile can certainly be good for certain occasions, for the truly special experiences it’s worth looking a little further away from the norm. With that in mind, here’s our guide to the very best Indian restaurants in Manchester, outside of the Curry Mile.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Scene Manchester


    Scene Manchester, 4a Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3AN - Visit now

    Manchester’s Indian food fans have fond memories of Shimla Pinks, a high-end curry house which closed its doors in 2010. Thankfully, one of their head chefs is now based at Scene, easily one of the best-looking restaurants in Spinningfields as well as serving up some of the best Indian food in the North.

  • 2. Bhaji Pala

    Bhaji Pala
    Bhaji Pala

    Bhaji Pala, 2 Old Hall Rd, Gatley, Cheadle, SK8 4BE - Visit now

    This is Manchester’s first entirely vegan restaurant, but – yes, we know it’s a cliche to say – you wouldn’t know it. This is modern flavour-packed vegan food that even your most stubborn relative could enjoy.

  • 3. Asha’s

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    Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NG - Visit now

    Only the most curmudgeonly diner could fail to be impressed by the elaborate and inventive menu on offer at Asha’s. If your tastes lean toward fine dining, rather than curry and chips, you won’t find much better in Manchester.

  • 4. Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester, 32 Bridge St, Manchester , M3 3BT - Visit now

    As restaurants on the high-street go, Dishoom is definitely up there – dare we say even ‘second to naan’?

  • 5. Bundobust Manchester

    Bundobust Manchester
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    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, or a group meal out, Bundobust Manchester can’t be beat. Do your friends a favour, drag them out for this, weather be damned.

  • 6. Amma’s Canteen

    Amma's Canteen
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    Amma’s Canteen, 285 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 7GH - Visit now

    Amma’s Canteen has all the heart and tradition you’d expect from a top neighbourhood restaurant rapidly becoming an established name on Manchester’s restaurant scene. Take a short trip out of the city to the edge of the Southern Cemetery to get an authentic Keralan experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

  • 7. Mowgli Street food Manchester

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    Mowgli Street food Manchester, 16, Corn Exchange House, 37 Exchange St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now

    Mowgli brings authentic – and delicious – Indian street food to Manchester’s Corn Exchange.

  • 8. Zouk

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    Zouk, Unit 5 Chester Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5QS - Visit now

    As you’d expect from a restaurant that’s been packing them in for well over a decade, Zouk rarely disappoints. All the dishes are high quality and the restaurant itself has a pleasing modern feel.

  • 9. Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

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    Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester, 2 Isabella Banks Street, First Street, Manchester, M15 4RL - Visit now

    Indian Tiffin Room walk as good as they talk, with the evocative imagery of roadside eateries deftly serving up fresh hot vibrant food living up to expectations.

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