[Manchester, city centre] Yagdar Cafe
One of several “curry cafes” in the Northern Quarter. They originally opened to act as a sort of canteen for the Asian workers in the small garment factories in the area. They’ve now moved but the cafes remain serving a mainly Anglo clientele excellent value lunchtime curries. Think of them as Asian greasy spoons.
Although they now have slightly wider menus, the classic order is for “rice and three” – a generous helping of rice and a choice of three curries from their selection that day (of around a dozen). At the Yagdar, it costs £4.50. No need to buy a drink – jugs of water are already on the tables.
We both went with a veggie selection – chickpeas, a very zingy lentil dish and a third of cauliflower & potato. Yes, the spicing can be a bit mono-dimensional, leaving your selection all tasting a bit samey, except for the amount of chilli used. But this is tasty, bargain food so don’t expect too much – it’s the Asian equivalent of a Hollands steak pudding and chips that you might get in other greasy spoons
No idea about ethnic background although, as you'll know, most "Indian" restaurants in the UK are owned by Bangladeshis.
Out here in the cold, wet, poverty-stricken wastelands that form most of the UK, we can only gaze in awe at the food offerings in London, even at a cheap price.
FWIW, this guy's take on the curry cafes has always been worth a read, although he's no longer maintaining the site - http://flavoursofmanchester.blogspot....