I cannot knock the dedication of East Z East's host. In all weathers he stands outside in full regal regalia, greeting patrons and pointing them in the direction of the valet service, something it's taken us so long to grasp on this side of the pond. How handy is that for a city centre? Located right on the edge of the heart of Manchester's shopping district, it's a great spot to stop off on the way home or make an effort for in the context of a night out. And its riverside location certainly doesn't hurt.
The Punjabi themed menu is delicious and inspiring. One of my favourite accompaniments is the aloo paratha, a chapatti which you think looks dry but is actually chockfull of coriander and tender, moist mashed potatoes. The Karahi section is truly amazing, with a tasty chickpea dahl, paneer shahi (Indian cheese with cream of cashew nuts, mustard seeds and tomatoes), and some incredible, melt in the mouth meats. Seafood is super too, the tiger prawns with peppery leaves being an excellent choice. We had delicious marinated white fish, tandoori chicken, mixed starters and a truly awe-inspiring giant naan on a tree. Wowsers! It was a great place to bring my London colleagues for a lovely bit of dinner on a Tuesday night. They were so accommodating, and brought all our food over speedily, even bringing us extra mango chutney and onion and tomato for our poppadoms.
It's not formulaic or over-traditional, and it feels special. This place has a modern twist, and housed in one of the most impressive riverside buildings the city offers it makes for a delightful dining experience with its soft neon lighting, urban styling and water feature. It's definitely for connoisseurs who are looking for something slightly different, and it's a great place to bring a date or a family member... anyone you're looking to impress really!
To me, there's 2 types of Indian restaurant; a curry house (you're sat in someone's front room and feel part of the family) and a huge limo (you're sat amongst colour changing uplighters, water features and leather).
EastZEast is definitely a limo.
The street level area is dedicated to reception and a bar. I noticed some private dining space on the right too. Here, they offer valet parking, a drink while you wait and comfy loungers to sit back and peruse the menu while waiting for friends.
My friends arrived. One used the valet parking service. We sat for a while until being led downstairs into the dining hall below. There's huge windows with a lovely view out onto the canal. The tables/chairs/decor in general is pretty fancy.
The four of us ordered main courses only to our friendly and assertive waiter. We had declined the offer of poppadoms - something which I think the staff found hard to believe. At least 3 separate people came over and asked us, presuming that no one had offered yet.
Having had a lot of spicy food already that week (thanks to Dilli and Yelp's Indian Odyssey) I went for the Murgh Tikka Makhani and mushroom pilau. The butter chicken arrived in all it's glowing coral glory. The colour was unbelievable - to the point of suspicious. I ate it anyway - the creamy, nutty aroma was too tempting.
It was rich and tasty, the chicken was tender and chunky but there could have been more of it. We had to remind the staff of our rice orders. The meal arrived in a very disjointed fashion and it wasn't clear that anyone really knew what was happening at some points.
The rice portion was merely a handful - for £3.95 I would have expected a more generous amount. What I did eat was very good. And sampling a couple of lamb dishes around the table - they were very nice too.
The bill. It came after citrus hot towels and with mints alongside. It's a good job someone checked it because they had charged us twice for every main dish. The atmosphere change when the bill arrives to a table who are paying separately is always a strange one. It's made even worse when the bill is wrong and you're forced to manually add up everything you've had and double check who had what. After questioning it, it was soon rectified without bother but the cock up added an unnecessary maths moment to an otherwise relaxed meal.
We planned to go for a drink nearby so checked with reception that it was OK to leave the car for a while longer. Knowing we'd be back to pick it up well before they closed, they agreed. Walking to the pub we noticed the car parked on double yellows outside the restaurant. I'm not sure if this is normal procedure but it was a little worrying.
Worth a trip back but I'll make sure to walk there, double-check the bill and expect less rice.
I held great excitement and anticipation to experience East Z East after being told such great things about it. However, my expectations were completely shot down by the absolute atrocious customer service and general respect for their consumers.
Never before, have I been forced to leave a table after being there for only 20 minutes. After being assed 4times in the space of a couple of seconds by staff members to leave the table and pay upstairs. Its damn right rude and un-professional.
In was also hoping that the food would be delicious, given how beautiful the place looked inside and out. But whenever you receive a meal in roughly 4 mins after ordering it, you start to question the overall quality. Which was unfortunately correct, I've experienced the same texture and taste or Chicken Tika Masala from Tesco's own brand.
If I was to sum up my experience I would have to say, AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!!! You're more likely to receive greater customer service from McDonald's up the road.
Really nice takeaway on a Saturday night. £28 for two rices, two chicken mains, a veg side and a naan. Food was really tasty although the dishes were a bit spicier than we normally have. Fine for me but my partner only managed to eat some of it.
Fully expect to return in the future.
(Deduction for being a bit too spicy, and for being slightly expensive)
I found this place by chance as it was conveniently located across from my hotel. I booked a table to myself and my 5 co workers. I have to say I impressed. The food was excellent with just the right balance if spice. The service was attentive . Our meal worked out at about £25 per person with beers. Not bad
They seem to have upped their game: my most recent visit was even more impressive than the last couple of times I've been.
It's not the best Indian food I've ever eaten (hello, Sakoon in Mountain View), but it's almost certainly the best in central Manchester. The space is cavernous, the service warm and efficient, and the food is very decent, and very decently priced.
Taking an Indian colleague to such a restaurant is always risky (the menu is not authentic as such), but I think he was happy. Of course he had to point out his home-cooked food was better, though. His recommendation of a Gewurtztraminer to join the food went down very well.
The place was buzzing, nearly full, on a Tuesday night, and for good reasons. Though we still managed a walk-in with a group of 6.
One thing: I really, really don't get this huge Naan thing. Why?
East Z East and west is west, and ignorance is bliss. That is why perhaps people are comfortable in calling East z East a "curry house" or an "Indian". That's like calling an English Restaurant a Roman restaurant and calling Frankie's & Benny's a burger bar (they serve burgers don't they)
This is not an "Indian". This is not, just a curry house, yes there are curry dishes on the menu but there is heck of alot more than that. This is a Pakistani RESTAURANT!!! The dishes are influenced by Punjab province of the country. Anyway let's talk about the food.
For starter, I recommend the samosa chaat which always gets me salivating instantaneously. The spices are well compromised by softer tones of yoghurt n chickpeas...yummmyy!!!
For the main course........ well you will not be disappointed with whatever you go for. Although for my money, the lamb dishes are delightful. The kashmiri nan as a side order is massive and served on a hook. As it arrives feels like a canvas on which you cannot wait to paint, armed with an array of colourful dishes. I have always said it is always about the food, the service has to be atrocious for me to be annoyed. As for price; great food, great atmosphere is priceless. What is the point of a competitive rate on your food bill if you didnt enjoy the experiance nor the food.
East Z East is one of the best restaurants in Manchester for experiencing food of the spicy kind. So if the spice is right and you want a feast, check out East z East!!!
Yelp on that!!!!!!!!!!!
EastZEast is a refreshing break from tradition in terms of a 'typical' Indian restaurant. Gone are the brightly coloured paintings of elephants and temples - gone are the neon lights outside, and instead, you have a sleek, smart, modern restaurant, with an enormous dining room to rival the banquet halls of the middle ages.
EastZEast is legendary for its high quality of food, big sizes of portions, and general customer satisfaction. It has repeatedly been voted as the best Indian restaurant in Manchester - indeed, the best Restaurant in Manchester, so it is definitely worth visiting. I dream about the menu at EastZEast, and often find myself craving their fantastic food. I can highly recommend the Balti Chicken Tikka Garlic, which is beyond superb, and comes in a dish the size of my face.
Similarly, I can recommend the amazing Naan breads, which are big enough to use as a tablecloth, and some of the vegetable side dishes. Their Tadkha Dall is amazing, as is their Bindi Bhaji and Aloo Sag. In fact, all of the food here is wonderful, and even typing about it is making my stomach rumble so loudly, things are falling off my desk.
If you are a curry lover, and have come to Manchester for that reason, then leave the Curry Mile and come here. You will never look back.
For my first real experience of Indian food in the UK, this place won my heart! This was recommended by our friends at the Renaissance Manchester and it's a stone's throw away from the hotel.
I went here for a client dinner and it has a "club" vibe with the LED lighting and 2 floors. It's great for large groups and we had great service.
I think my favorite thing was starting off with Naan Bread that hangs from a rotisserie skewer! Some of the items we had and were my faves were:
-Chicken Pakora (EastzEast special and great app starter!)
-Palak Paneer (great veggie dish that was not overwhelmed by cheese)
-chicken Masala Desi (my favorite dish of the night! The spice can get you going!)
-Balti Garlic Chicken
You will probably pay a little more but such amazing food - the flavors and spices and just that home cooked traditional feeling made it a wonderful night.
I feel like I've turned into Admiral Ackbar, minus the squid head and saying "it's a trap!". So basically just for the 'ack' in his name.
I was SO looking forward to trying EastzEast after reading the reviews on here. But, fellow Yelpers, I seem to have had the worst experience out of all of us. It was Friday night and the place was packed; we were greeted by the friendly doorman and had our name taken down for a table for two, then pointed in the direction of the bar. All fine so far. Bar service was quick and the house wine fine but chosen purely because, as with a lot of Indian restaurants, it was the only thing that came by the glass. We were whisked away to our table quickly and seated at the edge of the room, something I enjoy, AND the host seated me facing everyone else, perfect for my nosey nature. Still a-okay here. Poppadums were offered and arrived with the somewhat daunting pickle tray. None of the pickles were on the correct space on the tray which was supposed to explain what they were so we were on a bit of a guessing mission. We managed to have our order taken about 25 minutes after being seated. Here comes the sad downfall. After we gave our order, the food (eventually) came and offered to the table next to us before we pointed out it was ours. This happened with everything that was ordered; we were constantly offered our neighbours orders before they were given to the correct couples. Starters were delicious, paneer pakora and onion bahjis, but god they were spicy. Mains were tasty, goa chicken and chicken dhansak, yum yum yum. Here comes another but...the chicken was chopped up very small, making it seem a bit processed, and the portion of rice was teeny weeny, and not very nice. Waiting for the bill was another long process, as was waiting for our plates to be taken away.
Location good, food okay, but service needs to be tightened up if it's going to cope on the weekends. Would try another location as I enjoyed the food but, for now, I think I'll be heading to Mughli for my non-takeaway Indian needs.
Three of us went in, and 60 odd quid later came out having feasted well. The place looks good from the outside, dulcet lighting and of course, the host to greet you on the door is always a lovely touch. On the night I went I was wearing my knee length black geezer coat, I was waiting outside for a friend to arrive and got mistaken for a doorman too!!. ;-)
Food, service and quality of food were all very good so I would recommend this eatery to anyone. For something different try the Chilli Naan Bread, ya dont always get these in indian restaurants but they were light, well textured and of course wonderfully full of flavour.
I honestly think this is the best curry I've had in Manchester.
Not only is the food amazing but the whole experience is great - it's in a fantastic location, right on the river and in the evening looks incredible all lit up. I love the guy who stands at the door to greet you and that you're invited to wait on the comfy seating before going down to your table. I did not appreciate being kept waiting for 20 minutes though.. a one off negative.
I've never visited the restaurant when it hasn't been full so there's always a really good atmosphere and the staff are super friendly. Our waitress once actually became my best friend for a few hours so that makes the whole thing quite fun. The service is reeeally quick and you can see some of the waiters hovering around the table just dying to clear your plates up. You usually have at least 2 waiters to a table.
I would definitely recommend the onion bhajis (£2.55) and the chicken korma - I know you may be thinking 'how boring' but honestly, try it, the meat falls apart and the sauce is creamy and full of spices. The Karahi chicken is also really good and you must get a naan bread just so they can bring it to you hanging on one of the racks - they're fab!
Oh and the saag murgh handi is also delicious - chicken and spinach, yum. To really entice you - on one visit I saw Grantley from the popular BBC drama 'Waterloo Road'. I know, A-list.
Located on the River Irwell which separates Manchester and Salford, just a five minute walk away from the Arndale Centre, East Z East is a central Indian restaurant which serves fantastic authentic food for reasonable prices.
I ended up at this branch by accident, as the East Z East in the Ibis Hotel was fully booked. This branch of the small chain (3 restaurants) has the same friendly welcome and the same menu as the Ibis Hotel branch, but has quite a different atmosphere inside. We visited at the weekend and the restaurant was full of huge groups including birthday parties. Although they were not rowdy, it was inevitable that the restaurant was quite noisy and that service was slower than it would have been in the Ibis Hotel branch.
The restaurant was packed, so even though we'd booked we had to spend a few extra minutes in the upstairs bar and at the end of the meal we felt slightly pressured by the staff to get the bill and leave as there were more customers waiting. This didn't detract too much from the ever excellent mixed starters, sizzling prawn jhinga tandoori and gigantic naan breads (don't order one each!).
The restaurant seems to have jumped on the healthy eating and credit crunch bandwagons with a fat-free menu including grilled cod and vegetable pilau rice and a buffet lunch menu for just £9.95 every day between 12 and 4.30pm.
A sleek and sophisticated alternative to the Curry Mile, but opt for the Ibis branch if you're looking for an intimate atmosphere.
I really like this curry place too. For me it joins Moon and Punjab in the five star curry category.
Really authentic Indian food in classy surroundings, and no more expensive than the plethora of average curry houses in Manchester. Situated alongside the river, this beautiful sheek restaurant serves food of the highest quality, with friendly service and good drinks.
The sheer size of the menu is remarkable, with almost every conceivable Indian dish available, from samosas and kebabs to tiger and king prawn curries. I recommend the sharing starter for two, so that you can try a few of the different delicacies. In terms of the main meals, the Balti Sea Food is one of the most delicious Indian meals I've had, consisting of Tiger Prawns, King Prawns and Fish, cooked in Balti paste and fresh coriander.
As well as an extensive wine list, they do a range of 'Mocktails', cocktails without the alcohol. These are delicious blends of fruit juices for those who don't fancy a night on the lash.
This place is really worth a visit. Its won several awards and deserves every one of them.
Well I am not the biggest fan of Indian Restaurants here, the food they serve here is equal to having a ready made steak you get in Tesco. I am used to really good Indian food (obviously because I lived in India for 20 odd years and have a mum who is a fantastic cook) so I have always been very reluctant to go to an Indian restaurant in England.
I went to EastzEast for a friends birthday dinner (I wouldn't have gone there out of choice) on a weekend. We had pre-booking so didn't have to wait in a queue and got seated immediately. The place is obviously very well done up and looks quite posh so I actually wouldn't mind going the place if the food quality was good. We ordered for different curries, and honestly all of them tasted the same (not surprised because I have seen this is most Indian Restaurants here). I always feel like asking these kind of places that why don't they make authentic Indian cuisine because I can bet on this that everyone would appreciate this much more. None of them have any good starter, even Indian drinks or good desserts for that matter. There are so many different kind of Indian drinks like Aam Ras, Chas and many more which are really easy to make and feel would be a big hit but sadly none of the places serve these ever!
Verdict: Definitely not going back here.
A very good Indian in the heart of Manchester! Very similar to akbars. Nice inside, spaces for lots of people, they cater for large groups as well which is good. Very fast and very good service. Lots of choice Inc all classic indian dishes and a few different things for the more adventurous. Food was very good and large portions even for a regular and it was very tasty to! It was a bit more expensive than akbars but it's in a slight more central location and closer for me so worth paying the extra £1/£2 more per dish. Queue time was good for a sat night, got straight in although I suspect for more than two people you might have to wait but the bar is very nice and well stocked
Fabulous cocktails (and mocktails) full of fresh fruit and just great, homely food. Highly recommend the chana daal and lovely fresh chapattis. The chutneys and pickles are also delish, but use sparingly so you can enjoy the mains!! The decor is like a very stylish function room and it's right on the river which gives it that chic big city feel. Really enjoyed it. The food is just as good at the other venue off Oxford Road but I prefer this one. Also, how can you not have so much love for the men in glittering Indian dress clothes who greet you at the door and welcome you in?!
I went and collected a take away from here, we really enjoyed the food, we had the paneer in a tomato sauce (a bit expensive at £9 and a dhal with naan rice and some paneer that had been charcoal grilled to start. The food was fresh and not oily and we will go back and eat in the restaurant, definitely have a takeaway again. Good deal for takeaway as you get 20% off so our meal was £20. The decor of the restaurant is a bit OTT but a nice location next to the river. Recommended.
I had been to this restaurant yesterday(weekday evening),
I rang them to enquire about car park, the guy that answered the call is too rude.
I was querying about the valet parking with the door keeper, as i started the conversation he started speaking to the person that came after me but why? 0 out of 5.
Food: ordered two starters and two mains, one dish is excellent, 2 is ok, 1 is bad. Because of the price i go(high prices means i expect the food to be good) for 2 out of 5.
Waiters: confused, end up calling 3 times to take main course order. Promised a birthday cake and candle in the end, but haven't delivered this, awful. 0 out of 5.
Total disappointment and spoiled my evening, 0 out of 5.
A experience never to be repeated. Horrible food and as a result i was sick in the middle of the night, i could of understood me being sick if i ate too much but that was not the case. I think the food was bad because we went on a busy night and that is why they served food which was below it's usual quality i completely understand that but i think a award winning restaurant should be organised better in order to consistently produce good food. By the way the restaurant was very nicely decorated.
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