On the Sunday of our Manchester trip we headed for brunch at Zouk before our journey back to the Midlands. Ms M and Mr C joined Dr W and I for a good group catch up. We were looking forward to it as we’ve all enjoyed the food at Zouk before.
Zouk is situated on the Oxford Road corridor and is convenient for those of you who work at the uni. But it’s also great for getting away from the crowds of the city centre. After an early morning wandering round the city we headed to our brunch.
We were seated towards the back of the restaurant, it was quieter away from the kitchen. We ordered some drinks before perusing the food menu. Mr C ordered the Blueberry, Banana, Oat & Cinnamon Smoothie and Ms M the Mango, Banana & oat Smoothie. I’m not a smoothie fan myself, but I am told that these were particularly nice smoothies. Dr W and I being the simpletons we are ordered a brew and a latte. Dr W was a little saddened that the latte was bog standard, but it was passable.
For my brunch I picked the Bombay Baked Eggs and Spicy Mushrooms. My plan for some avocado on the side was foiled as they were all out. It’s a shame I wasn’t told that before ordering as it took them a while to come and tell me they were all out. The baked eggs were good, although the yolks weren’t as runny as I’d hoped they’d be. It was a refreshing veggie brunch, the potatoes were well spiced and the eggs complimented this. The spicy mushrooms were wonderfully spicy and the stand out here for me for sure!
I think Mr C regretted not ordering a side to go with his Mumbai Breakfast Bun. It was a bit small on it’s own, but sometimes good things come in small packages and this was the case with this. The chorizo and potato mix with the delightfully runny egg worked really well. He was happy with the level of spice and it was very tasty.
Dr W opted for his favourite seeing as it was on the brunch menu. If you ever take him to Zouk he will order this! The Lamb Nihari, a wonderfully fragrant and slow cooked lamb curry. Served with flat bread. He really was in his happy place with this more traditional Indian breakfast.
Last but not least, Ms M ordered the Sweet Peshwari Naan with Fruit Chaat and Yoghurt. Something a little different, but she really enjoyed it. The naan’s at Zouk are always really tasty and this time it was no different. The fruit really worked with the naan and the yoghurt. Ms M was very pleased with her choice!
Whilst the food at Zouk was wonderful and well cooked, all our plates were empty when finished! But overall the service was a little lacking. We were seated quite far away from everything so we couldn’t see the staff and they hadn’t realised we’d finished our drinks before our brunch arrived. I also have to admit I was quite taken aback that we were questioned as to why we would want to order more drinks when our food had arrived. But we had waited about 20 mins for our brunch, so a top up was needed. It’s a shame, such good food should really have stellar service with it. No one asked us if we enjoyed our food or said goodbye when we left. I’m hoping Zouk were just having a bad day, hopefully things will be better on our next visit as we really do enjoy the food.
Have you been to Zouk? Have you tried their new brunch menu? Let me know in the comments,
P.P.S. Zouk is located at 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS.