Manchester, England is home to one of the largest concentrations of Indian and Pakistani restaurants outside of the subcontinent. Rusholme’s “Curry Mile” delighted us on our visit.
How To Visit
Getting to Manchester’s Curry Mile in Rusholme is easy. Just a couple of miles south of City Centre on Oxford Road, the hits begin just after Whitworth Park and near Victoria Park. The concentration of restaurants begins to taper at the Platt Fields Park in Moss Side. For students, the mile-long section conveniently runs from the University of Manchester Oxford Rd/All Saints campus to the Fallowfield campus.
Curry Mile Manchester
Wilmslow Road runs through the center of the south Manchester borough and this is where some of the best Indian restaurants in the city reside. It’s thought to be the largest concentration of Indian and Pakistani food outside of the Indian subcontinent, a substantial feat.
It’s not just restaurants, but rather a community that caters to and embraces Asian (Indian) transplants to Greater Manchester. Alongside curry houses, visitors to the Curry Mile can sample shisha bars, barbershops, Indian grocers, bakeries, and other specialty shops.
One of the most famous among these is the Muhgli Charcoal Pit, a modern take on Indian/Pakistani street food. During our most recent visit, we tried a family platter or “Tawa” at Saleem’s Tawa & Grill. While we didn’t need the fireworks in the middle, the food was excellent and I enjoy the sharing nature of a dish like this.
We also had butter chicken and rice – it’s impossible not to since our experience at Mowgli. Saleem’s take was good, but nothing compares to Mowgli’s.
A National Treasure
Visiting Manchester without stopping in at least one of the fantastic Indian or Pakistani restaurants along the Curry Mile is a missed opportunity. When we lived in Manchester we simply didn’t appreciate the cuisine and precision available, but now that it’s unavailable, we seek it out when we return.
Being home to such an impressive concentration of Indian restaurants outside of India and Pakistan is a testament to the diversity of the city and is a national treasure. If you fancy a curry, you’ve got to visit Rusholme in Manchester.
What do you think? Have you been to the Curry Mile? What’s your favorite spot?