Asha's Manchester

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Contemporary Indian
Adding a little spice to your life. Asha’s is an internationally acclaimed award winning Indian restaurant with branches located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Birmingham, Manchester, Kuwait and Qatar.
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PP
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely food- needed more staff on duty. Difficult to attract their attention.

BM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Was disppointed overall given the positive reviews. I ordered the monkfish dish which was very bland and the meat texture was mushy. Wondered if it was actually monkfish at all or the fish was not fresh. Lamb curry was good. Service charge is not indicated on the menu. Would not cone again

d
London
25 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good prices, the space seemed too large and a lot of it unused which felt like the restaurant wasn't as popular as it should be. Once small comment is since the restaurant is named after the famous singer Asha Bhosle I was surprised they don't play any of her music even in the background; I would imagine that to be a USP

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great starters, mains were less impressive. Lamb biriani did not have the depth of flavour expected, that being said the meat itself was flavoursome and very tender

PB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the venue very nice, the service fairly good (only fairly because the waiter made a couple of mistakes). It was fairly pricey but well worth it. Overall I came out thinking I would come again. Very nice and well worth trying if you've not been before.

v
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Worst experience of my life for multiple reasons:

- No one at reception desk for long time

- When he came, ignored the single customer over group entry (even without booking)

- Despite my advanced booking, three groups were given priority while I was standing right in front of the reception desk. I had to raise my voice to get attention.

- Bad food quality

SI
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Flavours were amazing. When we arrived it was quiet and the ambience was poor but by the time we eft it was far busier and jthere was more of a buzz

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Restaurant was nice but food and service was not as expected for the name tables did not have cover floor was dirty as some waiters just wiped tables and dropped food on floor we saw that not enough veg variety or meat some waiters d didn’t even speak English properly to use a famous person name who is a brilliant cook herself it was awful

AB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was excellent. The restaurant was very good, however I feel that all areas were lacking a small amount and therefore I could not give 5 stars.

The menu was very confusing (it took me a long time to find the right combination of things to eat). It should spend about 1.5 pages less on Asha's life story, and more time making it clear how we should structure our order (e.g. 1 curry + 1 sundry). The menus themselves were also somewhat worn and very sticky. Overall, it gave a poor first impression.

The Special chicken curry was very nice, however I am still completely unsure why the bread basket should cost £11. I ordered it to accompany my curry, and felt it could have been better presented (to make clearer that each was a different flavoured bread). I didn't even feel there was enough vread to accompany the curry, which is very annoying as I would have just ordered rice instead.

This again leads back to the chaotic menu, which lead to me making a suboptimal choice for type/quanitiy of food.

We were also suprised that our table was not cleaned after our main course, given that this is traditional in Indian restaurants. This should have been easy as there was no table cloth (which did contribute to the contemporary feel of the restaurant). It would also have been nice to have some kind of flower/plant on the table. There was a candle glass, but no candle inside it.

The music was also far too loud at times, drowning out our conversation; especially disappointing given that it appeared to just be generic electronic music (it should be at least loosely relevant to the Indian region).

As I say, all of these issues are quite small and would not have caused to drop a star from my rating, had they occured in isolation. The staff, the quality/taste of the food, the modern dining room are all excellent; however, the small issues mentioned (presumably the fault of the office-based management) did measurably detract from the overall dining experience.

HN
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was gorgeous. Service was poor, brought desserts out and was sat without a spoon for 5 minutes waiting for somebody to bring one. Also waited a good 20minuets for someone to come and take a drinks order when we sat down, while we watched people that arrived later being served.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre gin festival

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LA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and great value on the pre theatre menu...

N
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

They have billed me wrongly for items I didn’t receive.

JW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty, taste bud tingling food. I will return.

ID
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was not the best, it was quite expensive for quality and quantity. The bathroom floor was sticky and the restaurant didn't look very clean. The staff was lovely and very attentive.

JB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service and amazing cocktails!

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 24 September 2019

Dear JanieB, Thank you for a great rating and review, I'm really glad you liked our cocktails and I will let our bartenders know! We hope to welcome you here again soon. Kind regards, Jessica

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MB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Previous visits amazing food , unfortunately not this time. Mixed kebab starters cold and chicken chewy. Main meal lamb organ josh very little meat sauce not tasty and only Luke warm, chicken jalfrezis lacked substance and taste, rice cold. Service rushed and not welcoming overhaul very disappointing service , celebrating an anniversary not nice at all .

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 24 September 2019

Dear MichelleB, Thank you for your review. I apologise that your experience did not meet the usual standards, and that it affected such an important occasion. Please emails us at reservations@ashasmanchester.co.uk for us to look into this further, rectify the issues and provide you with a higher standard of experience. Kind regards, Jessica

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DO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Had an excellent starter but mains very expensive .Won't be going back

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 12 September 2019

Dear DianeO, Thank you for your review. If you have a moment to email us at reservations@ashasmanchester.co.uk with further comments (regarding the mains and service) I would greatly appreciate it. We always want our guests to leave with a good memory of Asha's Manchester so we would love if you would be willing to visit us again and give us a chance to provide you a more positive experience. Kind regards, Helena

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive but not intrusive service. Delicious food savoured. A very pleasant occasion to remember.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 24 September 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for a great rating and kind review. We hope to welcome you again soon at Asha's Manchester for another memorable occasion. Kind regards, Jessica

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent starters (I had lamb chops and tried friends mushroom starter), but the mains disappointed. Two of us had Vindaloo, but it was their own take on this and was far too sweet. My friend had a Rogan Josh that he said was too salty and the waiter agreed. The meat was excellent as were sides, but we did not like the interpretation of classic dishes. I'm sure other dishes would have been nice, as it was high quality.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 12 September 2019

Dear Berry, Thank you for your review and I apologise the mains did not live up to the taste you had in mind. I hope you would be willing to give us another try and we'll make sure we live up to your expectation. If you have any further comments regarding the service and ambience please email us at reservations@ashasmanchester.co.uk, your reviews are crucial for us to grow and provide a better experience the next time you choose to visit us. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Helena

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

First 2 items ordered on the menu were unavailable. Battered prawns were soggy, venison samosas overdone (nearly broke a tooth on them). Mains were bland with an overdose of clove. We were not looking for “hot” spice but flavour. It was sadly missing. Not sure how this ended up in the Michelin guide - it is just hype. Service was friendly enough is the best I can say.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 12 September 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your review and I sincerely apologise our food was not satisfactory. Please email us at reservations@ashasmanchester.co.uk for us to rectify the issues and provide you with the quality we are capable of if you choose to visit us once again and give us a second try. Kind regards, Helena

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MP
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the welcome on arrival to leaving, this was a great experience, well worth it. The food was delicate and tasty, I had the chicken biriyani and venison somoasa and we shared the monkfish tikka. Highly recommended

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 12 September 2019

Dear MikeP, Thank you for your positive review about the experience and food. We are delighted that you've enjoyed your time and thank you for recommending us. We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, Helena

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R
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were sat next to the door where staff were going in and out of. It wasn’t conducive to the romantic meal I had in mind, however, I asked to be moved and this was accommodated. We both love this restaurant, great food and ambiance (as long as you’re not placed near the kitchen door 😀).

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 12 September 2019

Dear Rebekah, Thank you for your review. I apologise you did not enjoy your first table and I'm glad we were able to rectify the issue on the night and live up to the experience you had in mind. We hope to welcome you again at Asha's Manchester. Kind regards, Helena

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J
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the good and service were fab. Lovely gesture re our celebration. Really appreciated that.
Will definitely be back -highly recommend this restaurant for outstanding food and service

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 11 September 2019

Dear Jm123, Thank you for your kind review in regards to our food and service, and thank you for choosing to dine with us at Asha's Manchester. We would be delighted to host you once again. Kind regards, Helena

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CK
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were a party of 4 and shared popadoms and a pickle tray for four. Only got 1/2 a popadom each with a half left over, so 5 halves in total ???
Main course, I had murgh makhani and asked for it very hot. It was very hot and quite nice too. All of us thought the main course was nice but incredibly expensive for what it was. Breads and rice were ok too. Warm plates brought for main course some 10 minutes before the food arrived so were cold and we had to ask for them to be changed.
9.40pm and had a couple with a screaming baby sat across from us !!! Not for us on a night out thank you.

AR
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Decor glitzy but in a classy way. Food generally good; the short menu is always a good sign. The tandoori starters were excellent, the Muscat Gosht gorgeous, the Murg Makhani a perfect balance of rich and savoury and the rice and naans all really nice. The vegetable dishes were a bit variable; the bhindi was lovely, the Hare Baingan (aubergine) rather bland and the Dal Makhani tasty but over-runny.

The wine list is decent and the mark-up not unreasonable given the setting.

The service is very friendly although not as slick as you'd expect given the decor and ambience. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing though!

Central Manchester isn't that well off for top class Indian restaurants. I can't think of another right now that's any better.

MR
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food from start to finish with wonderful service in a fantastic setting.

PP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class food and service. We have visited several times and it’s consistently excellent.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear PatriciaP, Thank you for your positive review! We are always pleased to put a smile on our guests' faces and provide a great experience. Looking forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards, Helena

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MG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is high end so don't expect curry and chips here. layout is simple but nice and the service level is excellent.

Staff were very attentive but not over the top and were quick to help if you need anything.

Menu is clear and should cover most peoples tastes and the wine list is fairly well covered and at a good mix of prices.

I would recommend Asha for both couples and groups although if you want a more romantic night sit away from the groups as the noice level can be raised as the wine bottles go down.

Enjoyed our night and would be happy to book again next time in Manchester

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear MarkG, Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review about the food and team at Asha's Manchester. It's our priority to ensure you experience a memorable night and it's our pleasure to host you again the next time you're in the city. Kind regards, Helena

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p
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very different to your normal curry night. We had one of the fish platters and it was gorgeous.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 21 August 2019

Dear paulc, Thank you for review. We pride ourselves on delivering traditional food with a modern twist, and we are grateful to be appreciated by our guests. Looking forward to welcoming you again at Asha's Manchester. Kind regards, Helena

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Wasn’t impressed with food or choices available.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary meal

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

The food wasn’t as flavourful as expected. Felt it was expensive for what it was and not worth a second visit

TM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food 👍🏻I lovet 😍 The place is lovely and the service is excellent

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 7 August 2019

Dear TalalM, We are delighted that you have had a good experience at Asha's Manchester. Thank you for your positive feedback regarding our team, we hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, Helena.

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D
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

On arrival, no greeting which was surprising for 8pm on a Saturday night so made our way upstairs to the restaurant. We were seated after a few minutes wait.

Order taken by a pleasant waiter. Starter arrived promptly but was a little tasteless but presented well.

The Chicken Biryani was white in colour and a little wet and insipid. Thankfully the Muscat Gosht was spicy and meaty which went well with the aforementioned as we used this as a boiled rice accompaniment.

We did not stay for dessert as we were disappointed.

To add insult to injury, we had to ask for the bill twice with a 20 minute wait before it arrived. We left a review on the tablet that they presented. The whole meal of a starter platter with Biryani and Muscat Gosht with a Roti and Raita cost in excess of £92 plus a service charge with drinks of £17, so the food cost was £75. We don’t mind paying for quality hence our attendance under the misapprehension that the food would be gourmet.

Very disappointed as their website portrayed a very different experience to be had. Incidentally others were complaining around us so not just our poor experience.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 10 August 2019

Dear Debleauchamp We are deeply sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. Our team strives on delivering food of the freshest quality and prepared specifically for our guests, so we apologise if we delivered anything less than excellent, as our guests' happiness is our priority. We take on board all of our guests' comments and we hope you would be willing to return for us to have the chance to give you the experience and service we know we can achieve. Kind regards, Helena

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SG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of, if not the, best curry I've ever had. Brilliant service and amazing surroundings. Will be going back when next in Manchester

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 10 August 2019

Dear SimonG, Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had a positive experience at our restaurant and that you enjoyed our dishes! It's our pleasure to welcome you back next time you're in Manchester. Kind regards, Helena

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TP
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Would recommend as a one off. Too expensive for curry. Fantastic food but most expensive curry I have ever eaten. Won't come again sadly.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 10 August 2019

Dear TooPricey, Thank you for your review. We apologise that you feel you would not want to come again, if you would like to email reservations@ashasmanchester.co.uk for more details on your visit and for us to provide you with a 5* star experience should you choose to visit us again we would extremely appreciate it. We take on all our guests' comments to ensure we grow and exceed expectations. Kind regards, Helena

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CB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food as always. Asha's never disappoints. Would (and have) recommended to friends who all agreed that this is a restaurant that you will want to visit again and again. Staff, knowledgeable and welcoming. Service levels just right and the food is fantastic.
Try the cocktails - out of this world! :)

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 10 August 2019

Dear CharlieBlake, Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review, the team at Asha's Manchester would be delighted to know that you've enjoyed your experience every time you visit, and I will pass on the message to our bartenders about the cocktails! And of course we are extremely grateful that you have recommended us to your friends, we aim to bring a smile to all our guests. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Helena

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VD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I where celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary. We came into the restaurant and was seated at a lovely table by the back of the restaurant. Our food was out of this world. You could taste all the different spices in my dish. I enjoyed every last piece. Amazing. After dinner the server brought us over a piece of cheese cake with Happy Anniversary written on the plate with chocolate as a surprise. That made us feel so special. Thank you for making our anniversary evening very special.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 10 August 2019

Dear VictoriaDC, Once again, happy wedding anniversary! We are so pleased that you enjoyed such a memorable day with us, it's our pleasure to have given you a great experience. Thank you for your review on our dishes, we hope to welcome you and your husband again soon to try out more of what we have to offer and enjoy another great day with us. Kind regards, Helena

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RS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a fantastic experience although on the expensive side.

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