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A Lazy Brunch at Zouk Manchester | Review

November 29, 2017

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.

Zouk Brunch - Two Smoothies in Tall Glasses on Wood Table

Zouk Brunch - Cup of Tea and Latte on Wood Table


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.

Zouk Brunch - Bombay Baked Eggs in Small Frying Pan Served on Board

Zouk Brunch Spicy Mushrooms in front of Bombay Baked Eggs Board


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!

Zouk Bombay Breakfast Bun

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.

Zouk Lamb Nihari

Close up of Lamb Nihari

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.

Sweet Yoghurt Breakfast with Peshwaari Naan

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,


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P.S. We received our brunch on the house in turn for an honest review. As ever, all words, photos and opinions are my own. Check out mine and Ms M‘s previous visits to Zouk.

P.P.S. Zouk is located at 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS.


  • Reply Elsa Lee November 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I do like the food there, but also agree that the service can be lacking sometimes. It’s not the only place in that area that does this, but I will keep going for the food!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      It’s a shame about the service, I hope they will start listening to people soon – I see TA and other blogs mentioning it. It’s a shame to ruin good food.

  • Reply Cate November 30, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I really like the look of those baked eggs! And have to admit that I’ve never quite managed to get them runny myself.. a work in progress..

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      It is a bit of an art to keep them runny most definitely!

  • Reply Elizabeth Cole November 29, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Those drinks look amazing. As does the food!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      It was a really good breakfast.

  • Reply Michelle November 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve never been to Zouk, but that Mumbai breakfast bun is calling me! Specially because of the chorizo. I’ll make sure to order a side with it, tho! Because I like to eat a lot, specially for breakfast.
    I’m sad to hear that service wasn’t good, I find that to be a big drawback as a good meal can easily be ruined if your server isn’t as nice as you expect them to be. I’ll definetely have to think about it!
    Thanks for sharing your experience

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading. The food was so good, I would definitely go back. Hopefully it was just a bad day…

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