Manchester, England is home to one of the largest concentrations of Indian and Pakistani restaurants outside the subcontinent. Rusholme’s “Curry Mile” thrilled us during our visit.
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How to visit
Getting to the Curry Mile from Manchester to Rusholme is easy. A few miles south of the city center on Oxford Road, the hits start just past Whitworth Park and near Victoria Park. The concentration of restaurants begins to decrease at Platt Fields Park in Moss Side. For students, the mile-long section stretches from the University of Manchester Oxford Rd/All Saints campus to the Fallowfield campus.
Wilmslow Road runs through the center of the South Borough of Manchester and is where some of the best Indian restaurants in the city reside. It is believed to be the largest concentration of Indian and Pakistani food outside the Indian subcontinent, a substantial feat.
It’s not just restaurants, but rather a community that welcomes and embraces Greater Manchester’s Asian (Indian) transplants. Alongside curry houses, visitors to the Curry Mile can discover shisha bars, hair salons, Indian grocers, bakeries and other specialty shops.
One of the most famous of these is the Muhgli Charcoal Pit, a modern take on Indian/Pakistani street food. On our last visit, we tried a family platter or “Tawa” at Saleem’s Tawa & Grill. Although we didn’t need the fireworks in the middle, the food was excellent and I appreciate the sharing nature of a dish like this.
We also had butter chicken and rice – that’s impossible since our experience at Mowgli. Saleem’s hold was good, but nothing compares to Mowgli’s.
A national treasure
Visiting Manchester without stopping at at least one of the fantastic Indian or Pakistani restaurants along the Curry Mile is a missed opportunity. When we lived in Manchester we just didn’t appreciate the cuisine and precision available but now that it is no longer available we seek it out when we return.
Home to such an impressive concentration of Indian restaurants outside of India and Pakistan speaks to the city’s diversity and is a national treasure. If you fancy a curry, you must visit Rusholme in Manchester.
What do you think? Have you been to the Curry Mile? What is your favorite place?