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Need Good Halal or Veggie Restaurant in Manchester

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My nephew and I will be flying from NYC to Karachi for a Wedding there and we plain to break the flight with a stop over in Manchester for a night. My nephew is very observant so the place has to be either Halal or Vegetarian. Any chance of any good Guajarati places or one of the African inspired Indian restaurants, since as New Yorkers we have never had the opportunity to sample this fusion cusine.

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  1. I can't think of a local “Indian” restaurant in Manchester which isnt Halal.

    To the best of my knowledge there isn't a completely vegetarian one in the area, but the following are probably the four top end places we have. Regional food from the sub-continent has not yet caught the inspiration of local restaurateurs to any significant extent.

    The first is a short taxi ride from the city centre (and would be handy if your hotel is near the airport); the other three in the centre:

    http://www.dilli.co.uk/

    http://www.akbars.co.uk/rest_man.asp

    http://www.eastzeast.com/

    http://www.shimlapinksmanchester.com/

    I can also recommend a "western" vegetarian restaurant if that is any help.

    Enjoy your brief trip to our city

    John

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    1. re: Harters

      Harters
      Thanks so much. Since we may have time for only 1 or 2 meals at the most which of these places would you say is the best? Are there no african/Indian restaurants in Manchester like there are in London?

      1. re: henrychan

        Without any doubt in my mind, Dilli offers the most inventive and best food of the four. Akbars is most fun.

        And, no, to the best of my knowledge there are no African/Indian places in the area. Most "Indian" restaurants in the UK have original Bangladeshi ownership and, when they set up from the 1970s, quickly adapted menus to perceived British tastes. Although there is a growing interest in more authentic food, few restaurateurs have had the imagination to move out of the comfort zone.

        As you'll appreciate, cuisines are dependent on patterns of immigration and, whilst people coming from Africa may have set up restaurants in London, folk coming to the Manchester area (from Kenya and, mainly, Uganda) tended to be well qualified with experience in other business or professional areas.

        John

        1. re: Harters

          What about the Punjab, as mentioned in the other thread. They seemed to have a large Vegetarian selection.