It was a red ford fiesta, banged up but our ticket to freedom. My best friend had managed to somehow keep it running for two years. The year was 2003. Fancy Al Quds tonight he said as we ransacked the fridge at our student house. The rest as they say is history. Since then I have been coming to this humble abode for a kobeda, for what is it now 11 years? How time flies. Every now and then I get the craving and I return for that perfectly baked longitudanal tandoori naan (the size of my forearm) blanketing a juicy Kobeda. The set up is simple, they have a fridge with freshly prepared, perfectly marinated meaty skewers of various varieties. You go in, you point at one and 4 minutes later you can enjoy the best meat in Rusholme.
Now if I have previously I don't remember but I recently tried the chicken tikka recently. And low and behold it was one of those rare "Holy moly batman" foodie moments. The sauce they marinated the chicken with was close to perfection, the chicken was tender and cooked with expert timing. It was a thing of beauty, the memory of which still lingers, enticing me back into its delicious arms once again.
I have thus far resisted, I'm reserving it for specific moments. Namely special celebratory occasions and those morale boosting occasions when life hasn't been nice. I'm fairly certain I'll be returning when neither are relevant and I just happen to be driving past it. I may even knock myself out cold with food coma by ordering a Kobeda/Chick tikka mix *gulp*. It could be my manvfood moment. Admittedly I don't think I'm that way inclined. Because if it was gonna happen it would've already. It's been on the menu for 11 years.
No seriously go check it out if you are a carnivore. Word of warning though, your first Kobeda experience will leave all your hunger concerns dealt with for 24 hours at least. So if you plan on eating three meals a day the next day, take a rain check.
Not sure I can pick between Al-Quds, Jaffa or Caspian for my favourite kebabs in Manchester - all 3 are superb at what they do.
Where I think Al Quds excels is in the Seekh Kebab, closely followed by Kobeda, they're delightfully spicy and go perfect with shards of the huge fresh baked naan, blistered by the heat of the clay oven.
I think Caspian probably pips Al-Quds for their Kobeda and sauce (plus all their other Iranian dishes), whilst Jaffa next door to Al-Quds does a better Shawarma.
When it comes to kebabs there are two tiers for placing them in a hierarchy. The first is the standard affair on offer from the majority of places. The second tier is that of the clay oven variety, which far and away eclipses the rest. It's what places Sadaf at the top even with its pricing issues, and it's what carries Al-Quds up there as well.
It's difficult to describe the difference in flavour without experiencing it yourself, but I urge all of you to try it out. Bite the bullet, pay the price (either here or Sadafs) and give it a go.
Kebabs! Kebabs! and some more Kebabs! The food here is so amazing that I don't know another adjective that would exceed amazing!
The food is fresh from the clay ovens, and you can see that the kebabs are freshly grilled with fresh sauces dripping from either ends. If you're at this moment, I urge you to go to this place and give their donner kebabs a try! It would reflect curry mile at its best!
Al Quds is truly a place for excellence in all of the very competitive Curry Mile!
This may be controversial... but I would say this place makes the BEST kebabs on the curry mile, if not the world. Caspians is good but these guys just seem to put more care into the kebabs - the meat is always perfectly tender and well-seasoned, the bread is always soft and fresh. The sauce doesn't quite match Capsians' infamous "sexy sauce" but it's spicier at Al Quds, which I like.
This is the place for Kobodeh - a proper Iranian kebab. They may not have a large range of dining options and indeed their attempts at pizza may be piss poor but you don't go to Gordon Ramsay's for a big mac do you?
go there. daz snow said so.
The shop where Abdullah, my favourite Afgan kebab-craftsman came to work after graduating from the Caspian school of excellence. Maz didn't want to give out a part share in the business, such is politics on the 'mile. We didn't come here as much as 'scaps, but only by virtue of it's location. The food is great - you can't beat freshly made dough slapped onto the side of a vertical clay over with tender chunks of marinated lamb and lashings of sauce. You really can't.
Abdullah had come over here from Afganistan after his dad was killed by a soviet landmine in the war. He was a lovely guy, very quiet and unassuming, but disillusioned about serving the hoards of idiot drunken students at 4am, as well you might be after a while. Not sure how we avoided being tarred with that brush, but me and Toucs became friends with him and even exchanged numbers. Last I heard from his brother that he'd gone back home, I hope he's doing ok.
The food is very good here; fresh dough on from the clay ovens, marinated meats and lashings of sauce make for a gorgeous kebab. I might be pushed to give it the top kebab on the curry mile podium. Forget the truly crap pizzas and just grab yourself one of these beautiful things. Just go see it for yourself. A tour de force of the curry mile.
Friendly staff, food is always excellent. I try to eat here once a week!
Good Food, cooks should Smile more. A Bit depressiv but nice , good quality
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