The Curry Mile Manchester is famous across the world for its sheer volume of curry houses. Located along Wilmslow Road in Rusholme just south of Manchester city centre, you can find neon-lit Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants. Today we explore the history of Curry Mile Manchester and discuss the best restaurants across this vibrant stretch.
History of Curry Mile Manchester
The origins of Curry Mile date back to around the 1950s, when Manchester’s textile industry heydays led to an influx of migrants who moved to Rusholme and surrounding areas. Thousands of South Asian workers were hired to fill British labour shortages. This new workforce took to Wilmslow road to socialise in the cafes.
By the 19080’s a number of curry restaurants had begun to fill the street which led to the name ‘Curry Mile’ becoming commonplace. It wasn’t until July 2008 when the council finally put up signs bearing the title. This umbrella term encapsulates the many South Asian curry houses that dominate this corridor between the city centre and student-ville (Fallowfield).
Today, Curry Mile Manchester is renowned not just amongst Mancunians but all over the world. With its restaurants and takeaways open till late, this area attracts a mixture of people. From drunken students on their way back from a night out, to families and friends out to celebrate a special occasion. Curry Mile offers the perfect mixture of luxurious restaurants to cheap takeaways.
Best restaurants on Curry Mile Manchester
With so many restaurants to choose from along curry mile, each fighting for the limelight with neon lit signs, it can all seem a little overwhelming. To make your choice that little bit easier, we have put together a list of the best restaurants curry mile has to offer.
If you are looking for an award winning, authentic curry house with a difference then Mughli Charcoal Pit will not disappoint. Although this restaurant is more towards the pricer side in comparison to other curry restaurants in the area, it is definitely worth it. The delicious menu is designed to suit all taste buds, whether you like mild or spicy food and even suitable for vegetarians. This combined with its twisted cocktail menu makes it the perfect choice for a meal out with friends and family.
Although MyLahore has deep roots in Yorkshire, after expanding into Manchester on Curry Mile this place really took off. MyLahore is the place where families tuck into everything from samosas to shepards pie and karahis to cornflake tarts. This restaurant truly is the epitome of a British Asian story that just had to be shared. This restaurant is perfect for families and friends who aren’t always too adventurous when it comes to food because there is sure to be something on the menu to suit everyone.
Shere Khan first opened its doors in 1987 and was the first fully licensed Indian restaurant on the now famed “Curry Mile” in Rusholme. Shere Khan is a stylish place with traditional dishes which only use the best cuts of Halal meat and fresh local vegetables to ensure the food consistently impresses. Since the restaurant first opened it has been refurbed and expanded with 2 additional restaurants located in the Trafford Centre and Meadowhall.
Ziya Asian Grill
If you are looking for a restaurant that shines a new light on Indian cuisine then Ziya is the place for you. It serves authentic Indian street food personally created by the head chef to develop a truly unique dining experience. This curry house is definitely one of the most luxurious you will find on Curry Mile Manchester with its stylish décor that blends coppers and gold hues with warm burnt orange seating and marbles bought in from Europe.