In Manchester it is quite obvious for many that the Curry Mile is the place to go for a curry. But more recently high end curry restaurants have been opening up in the city centre. One of these is Zouk, based on Oxford Road.
Zouk opened back when I was an undergraduate and has always oozed a bit more class than your average Indian. It has a cocktail bar area- if you don’t want to go for food, a heated outdoor shisha area and a stylish dining area that faces an open kitchen. I took Dr C along with me to this event that involved a show case of the new menu that goes live in March. The event showcased some wonderful new cocktails, as well as the addition of some new and improved dishes, and gave us the chance to try and make some cocktails!
We were welcomed to our private area for the evening with a new long cocktail called Zouk Breeze. This wonderful drink includes sloe gin, vodka and passion fruit puree topped with lime juice and a shot of grenadine. This was sweet but the lime juice actually helped balance this, and I found it rather more-ish. I also really loved the Tamarind Margarita, a typical margarita but the hit of tamarind was rather lovely. Both Dr C and I found the lychee martini a bit too sweet, so swapped it for a Red Velvet cocktail. The Red Velvet is a mix of vodka, vanilla and berries topped with Champage and fresh raspberries. Dr C really did rather enjoy getting to make this!
Annoyingly I didn’t get pictures of all the food we tried, but it was all absolutely delicious. There were sharer Popadom boxes, which came with the usual dips. As well as a selection of the starters to try, the Crispy Sliced Squid was lovely and spiced and came with a cooling dip to go with. There were also Gola Kebabs and Prawn Pakoras. The stand out however, was a sharer being added to the main menu called Tava Lamb (pictured above). This was a curried lamb that resembled pulled pork, with chapatis and a number of accompanying sauces from spicy to cooling yogurt. I definitely recommend trying this dish, the flavour of the lamb was divine and we found it very moreish!
Whilst this isn’t a review of Zouk the restaurant itself, I can tell you that their new menu items are rather delicious and worth checking out if you get a chance! It’s definitely a worthy fancy date night venue.
Have you been to Zouk before? Where do you usually head for a curry? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * I was invited to this event to try out the new menu at Zouk, as ever all opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Zouk is based at Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester, Lancashire M1 5QS