Ammas Canteen

4.6
39 reviews
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£25 and under
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South Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Welcome to Amma's Canteen - South Indian Restaurant / Street Kitchen! Kerala, aka 'God's own Country' has come to Chorlton, South Manchester.
We look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
South Indian, Indian
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Hours of Operation
Tue - Sat 12:00pm - 3:00pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
0161 291 1682
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great food. Great Service. Great Staff. Wanted to try this little restaurant since it opened. Finally got round to going on a nice Saturday evening. Was pleasantly surprised at the décor and how spacious it was. they don't cram you in like some restaurants.

Wasn't sure at first what was a starter or a main course but the lady was very helpful in explaining to us and giving advice. Didn't identify any of the courses on the menu from times I've visited India or Indian restaurants in England, but this all added to the excitement of trying dishes I've never had before. The starters were best described as tapas (small portions). If the main courses weren't appealing we could always have had three or four different smaller portions instead. The ones we sampled were very nice and our main course, Dosas, was different to any other meal we've had. They are highly recommended.

Its not many restaurants that ask you if you have any special dietary requirements before you order, but Amma's do, and that's so helpful if you are GF, Veggie, Vegan or have any allergies.

Well done Amma's. look forward to seeing you all again very soon

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m
4.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Fantastic food. Will definitely be back. Would highly recommend.

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JK
5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Tasty food, friendly service and overall lovely atmosphere.

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CM
5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

This is an awesome South Indian Street Food restaurant with utterly delicious dishes including Dosas. Well worth a visit, you'll be back for more!

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d
4.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Lovely location fantastic helpful service

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TM
5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Really delicious and fabulous menu for allergies and dietary requirements. Staff were very friendly too!

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JM
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Great food and equally great service. Would recommend to anyone

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PT
5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Excellent as usual

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E
3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

We enjoyed the meal but although the quality was good we thought it was rather expensive for what it was. We went for Sunday lunch and were the only people eating there.

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AA
4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Loved the authentic food and exceptional customer service. Highly recommend it!

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Absolutely excellent - can not fault Amma’s at all

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GF
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Really tasty authentic food. Nice environment with excellent service. Really well priced too. This was the second time we've been (first as a couple, this time with with our families) and we will definitely be back again! :)

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DD
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Ammas Canteen is an unusual and authentic South Indian Dining Experience. Having travelled widely in South east Asia, it was great to enjoy a unique and very regional style of cooking ... rather than an anglicised/generic version of Indian food. The chance to try a variety of small dishes .. starter, street food or tapas call it what you like.. helps with the difficult issue of what to choose ... have an extra dish! The deep fried Anchovies and the stuffed okra were superb ... and I don’t like okra! Do yourself a favour ... try it!

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PT
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Fantastic food, fantastic service, great value for money great surroundings would recommend to everyone

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L
4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Really good service and delicious food. Unexpected and unusual flavours for a very reasonable price. Will definitely go back to try the rest of the menu!

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S
5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

An authentic South Indian restaurant tucked away from the city. Ammas Canteen is a small but unique blend of south Indian recipes that tastes like home.

A variety of dishes to choose from.

I had the lamb curry with poratha which was really nice.

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KA
5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Fantastic food and great service. I'd heard good things about Amma's Canteen and was delighted to finally go there for lunch with friends. We were all taken aback by quite how brilliant and delicious the food was. My friend commented, "it's like eating food off Masterchef. It's so beautiful. " Another friend, "I can't remember the last meal I had that was as good as that. Normally something is a bit disappointing but everything was amazing". It really was incredible. We spent a good 2 hours enjoying a fantastic lunch, with guidance on what to order from the owner who was really friendly and took time to explain all the dishes to us. The young waiter was attentive without being obtrusive, delightfully polite and seemed happy inn his work. They usually close for lunch at 3, but they kindly brought us coffee, chatted to us about the mixed origins of the food and how things are cooked and let it's relax and stay until past 3:30.
An absolute gem of a place.
Get down there for lunch. No special offers at the moment for lunch but none needed. The process are reasonable and the food is out of this world.

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NS
3.0Dined on 19 April 2018

This is the second time I have been to Amma's kitchen and the food and service on both occasions has been good. However, each time I have eaten there a different member of staff has asked if/assumed that I am from India (both times I've replied I have a diverse heritage and am from London). I find this line of questioning annoying as being pigeonholed by my looks is not something I expect when going out to eat dinner. So while I will continue to recommend Amma's kitchen to friends, I will not be returning there to eat.

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OT
5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Ammas Canteen have everything just right. The food, the service, the ambiance and the price. I can’t believe it took us so long to visit living just down the road. We’ll be back time and time again!

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SL
5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

We chose this place for the reviews and large number of options for the vegetarians. There was enough of us to order one of almost everything on the menu. Every single plate was practically licked clean. Particularly loved the cauliflower dish and the stuffed okra. So much so one of our party decided to get the cauliflower again while we had dessert. Small local restaurants with excellent food and lovely people serving. The chef came out to chat to us what a character. Would go again

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PL
3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Nice restaurant and nice staff.
We have had lots of this style street food and maybe we selected to many tapas but unfortunately we didn't get the wow factor, as other similar restaurants- sorry.
However really nice people.
Also location is poor if you don't drive. Which we didn't...
It's a neither in chlorine or didsbury and 20min+ walk to the nearest bar.
Ok but just ok - in my opinion

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JM
3.0Dined on 30 March 2018

I am not sure why this restaurant was Trip Advisor Restaurant of the year. For Indian food it was really bland and disappointing. Indian tapas we were told by the restaurant... small portions aside the food was dull and how do you mess up wings? The wing coating was mushy. Even my child said the food lacked spice. The manager told us the speciality of the restaurant is that they serve the food of the poor-the irony of how much we had to pay for pauper portions was lost on him. The only redeeming dish was the main fish-it tasted fresh and we were delighted to find something vaguely aromatic. The staff were nice and the idea is a good one, but oh my what a disappointment.

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JM
5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Meal was amazing! We had Dosa.
Service was 1st class. Guys were helpful with explaining the meals.
Definitely going again.

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KG
5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

We enjoyed the lovely and authentic Indian dishes. The service and welcome received by Amma's was fantastic too.

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AW
5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

What an authentic lovely experience. Talk to the owner about how he created the dishes, his passion shines through! Beautiful food.

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EW
5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Unlike most Indian restaurants the menu choices were small but very innovative. To begin we had 5 dishes to share and each were beautifully cooked and presented. The main courses were equally delicious and the meat-free choices were good.

The restaurant is uncluttered and contemporary and the ambience is good. The staff were friendly, unobtrusive and extremely knowledgeable about the food. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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KS
5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Beautiful food, really different and so much choice. Great vegetarian and vegan options aswell as meat eater. Great service. Can’t fault it. Would definetly go again.

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L
1.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Having been here in November 2017, couldn't wait to return the food was so delicious. This time it was simply absolutely awful. Grissly lamb curry in a brown sauce that was neither gravy or curry. It was dreadful. We hated it

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OT
5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Something different. An Indian restaurant very much needed in Manchester.

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PF
5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Very fresh, authentic and different South Indian food. Chef/owner happy to discuss the ingredients and cooking of the dishes with diners. A relaxed environment and friendly atmosphere.

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LB
5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Really fantastic food and service!! Will definitely be going back soon!

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BH
5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Fantastic range of food and great vegan options. Delicious flavours.

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Outstanding food and different from the norm.
Staff very friendly and helpful.
I have already recommended to others and will be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Great tasting food, and not all the run of the mill stuff you find in most Indian Restuarants

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J
5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Really tasty food, presented creatively and packed with flavour. I'd certainly go back for more!

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M
5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

Fresh food with quality ingredients, served by friendly, welcoming staff. Would recommend time and again!

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OT
4.0Dined on 6 January 2018

My second visit and the food was, as the first, excellent. Very different from the other asian restaurants in the locality (and in fact in manchester). Great for vegans with nearly all the veggie choices being suitable for vegans too. Don't expect your usual curry, rice and nan combo... this is different and as such, makes for a great foodie occasion. The only slight disappointment is we felt the draught Kingfisher beer tasted slightly eggy.

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OT
5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

A fantastic meal for my wife and I. The food was perfectly traditional with complex and well balanced spicing throughout. We had the beef sukka which was sublime and melts in the mouth, the chili prawns which were delicious and I could've eaten a pot's worth. Along with the crispy and succulent chicken 45 and white anchovies. We also had the chicken dosa which was made to perfection. I would whole heartedly recommend Ammas canteen, not just for the food which is very reasonably priced but also the fantastic, friendly and courteous service that made the whole experience a very pleasant and authentic one which we will no doubt be doing again in the very near future

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 December 2017

Amazing amazing amazing! Such delicious, authentic food....and vegan friendly too! Wonderful, knowledgable and helpful friendly staff!!! Have already recommended to everyone I know and will continue to do so!

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