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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4.1
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4.1
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Been loads of times to ashas, this time was very poor, I will not return, no one took our coats, so we had to hang them in the back of our chairs! So then your left with a coat that smells! Curries just tasted of tomato soup and were not spicy at all. Then we waited 15 mins for someone to get the bill and another 15 minutes to pay! Absolutely terrible service. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy so you don’t even have that as an excuse.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we stay in Manchester we try and book Ayshas . Food always fab , ambiance lovely , staff excellent . Indian food with a twist .... highly recommend

F
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I am writing in order with the honest feedback to improve your services. 1st of all i reserve my table online for the time and expected to move to my table but unfortunately they asked me to head to bar because the table wasnot ready i waited in bar almost 30mins.
When i got the table i expected to have for 2 prople as it was dinner date on saturday night but they gave me for 4 people.
What came worse the food we ordered 2 items were not cooked properly (naan prshawari, makhni daal)
Service was poor as i remind the waiter 2 times about papadom and 3 times about coco cola. To my surprise the waiter i reminded about drink was much busy talking with others and keep forgetting us. If its busy i can understand but better service could have been provided. Thanks

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been many times and as always top class! Service from start to finish is the best.

S
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Despite booking the table and the restaurant being 50% full, I had to wait for 15 minutes to get a table.
Service: Poor
The waiters just ignored as if we didn't exist. Finally, we got the table. The waiter seemed disinterested in serving. Gave us the menu and I started to look for drinks. There weren't any so had to ask again for the drinks menu. I thought you would give the menus together or at least ask us for any drinks as in a normal restarurant.
Food: Okayish
I ordered a Dum Gosht Biryani which is a lamb biryani and should have been pretty good to taste but was below average. The chef had probably taken lamb pieces out of the lamb curry and put it as a layer at the bottom and filled with rice on the top. It wasn't anywher near to a normal Dum Biryani. My friend ordered a Veg Biryani and he too had got the same, curry with rice rather than a normal biryani.
Service: Again poor
I asked specifically before I ordered if they served 'Raita' with the biryani. It was a prompt - 'Yes, that's included'
Waited for 5 minutes after the biryanis were served without any Raita. Again asked the waiter if they served raita and he said oh sorry I forgot to bring it and then finally got it.
Overall:
There is no match between the price you pay and the service or the food quality you are getting at Asha's.
The only good thing about the whole experience was the ginger mango lassi which was extremely good.

Would not go there back again. It might be the people in the restaurant were having a bad day or I should have ordered something else. Considering the price that they are charging, I am better off spending my money somewhere else.

MO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellently described by Ciara, excellently presented and fabulously tasty

RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Pleasantly busy for mid week. Great food and interesting cocktails.

C
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Disappointed by poor vegetarian choice and high prices. But food was good, tasty and decent portions. Personally I try to avoid anywhere that serves lobster.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service by staff.

CH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 6 course taster menu with paired wines and it was lovely. We were more than full by the time we left.
The staff were lovely and the food delish!

DT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time at Ashas would highly recommend
Had pre theatre dinner menu It was outstanding and fantastic value for money food was awesome
Pre dinner drinks served by Gabrielle was outstanding fantastic behind bar personality
Everything was perfect
Can’t wait to go back

KA
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Understanding it was supposed to be a classy restraurant, i imagined everything to be perfect. The food was good (had better at a normal restrarant), but overpriced for the portions. We had to wait a while to get our final bill, the service charge was added to the bill at 10%, however there was no service. No chocolates or wet towels where provided with the bill. Owning to the name if the restraurant the standard was not on par.

EK
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Having dined at Asha’s several times before I found this visit to compare badly. Being welcomed as « guys » feels inappropriate for the expected level in this restaurant as well as not being asked if we would like our coats taken. Although we were offered Polaroid and water the latter never came and after a long time I had to find a waiter to take our order. The starter was overall good although the main course was not as I remembered it from previous visits. We chose the pre theatre menu but because the service was so poor we were five minutes late for our play and they wouldn’t let us in. So I have to say the whole evening was spoiled. I certainly won’t be back sadly as it seems it has gone done hill.

Asha's Manchester
Responded on 30 October 2019

Dear Harveysingh123, Thank you for your detailed feedback. I have already conveyed your comments to our Operations Team. Could you please drop me an email on harshit.chopra@ashasmanchester.co.uk with your contact details, so we can reach out to you for further feedback. Apologies, Team Asha’s

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It wasn’t as expected. The food was so expensive, considering the portion sizes and taste - it was just like my Indian takeaway at home but over double the price. The waitress Ciara was brilliant, but she was the only one rushed off her feet whilst her 6 male colleagues stood around and give her orders the entire time. She did a fantastic job considering the pressure she was under!

AM
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have dined there and once again everything (ambience, service and food) was excellent. When we are next in Manchester we will definitely come again. In the meantime we intend to try your new restaurant in Solihull (much nearer for us!).

JJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food very good, service a little slow despite the restaurant being very quiet when we arrived. I think it was a case of when the restaurant is quiet, waiters get on with other tasks and overlook the fact that diners need to be looked after. Just a case of tweeking the management method.

KP
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

SC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've been here a few times. Lovely restaurant with great food.
Did have difficulties contacting restaurant to tell them we were running late, but they still managed to accommodate us.

GR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to Ashas and it didn’t disappoint 😊

BA
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

A well priced lunch but the service was a touch inattentive

b
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was haphazard. Food was fine apart from the awful monkfish.

NF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

OVER-PRICED AVERAGE FOOD
Asha’s utilises the name of its brand to get by. Though the central location is excellent and the venue reasonable, unfortunately that’s all the positives.
It was apparent that the staff were struggling with limited resources as we had to wait 15 minutes for the menu since there was only one available. The table next to us were told to wait until we’ve finished with it.
The menu is limited and the food is average in terms what would be acceptable in an mid-priced restaurant. However, the food is way over-priced. This is particularly true for the drinks as well as the food.
Most of the food was acceptable but the biryani came runny with water at the bottom and soggy rice. For the first time ever, we had to send something back to the kitchen.
Wouldn’t recommend it.

CB
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food as always. Staff very attentive, but not in your face. Would recommend to friends

s
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The food was ok, however it was no better than any other curry house that I have been too.

Some of the food was just as good as other places that are significantly cheaper.

For 6 people it cost £248 which is a lot of money considering there are a lot of other curry houses in Manchester that are cheaper.

The room and setting was fantastic, however we felt we were paying for the setting more than the food

PP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

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

BM
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre gin festival

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LA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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

JW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

ID
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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