Ammas Canteen

4.6
54 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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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, interesting food. Good value as well. Definitiely worth a visit (or two!)

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TD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had the absolute pleasure of experiencing this truly sensational South Indian dining experience last night. As soon as we walked into the restaurant we were given a warm welcome by the lovely waiter. He asked us if we had been before and having told him we hadn't he proceeded to explain the menu to us. The selection on offer looked so mouthwatering. After some slight deliberation we decided on 5 of the dishes from the Street Cart - Porucha Vendaka (crispy stuffed Okra), Chicken 65 (my favourite), Madras Masala Mussels, Tamarind chicken wings and sautéed prawns in whole red chilli, crushed shallots and coconuts. We also had Chicken Thoran Dosa and Beef Dosa from the Dosa Griddle and Kari Kulambu Poratha (slowly cooked lamb) from the Pot. Lamb is my personal favourite as a choice of meat and this dish was right up there at the top with my experience of food tasted. So now for dessert. We plumbed for Golden Plantain and the Trio Dessert. All so scrum my. Now that I have got you drooling and wanting to sample this wonderful South Indian cuisine let me tell you about the fabulous service. From the lovely waiter to the really friendly owners Saju and Ganga we were treated like VIPs. We loved hearing Saju's childhood memories of eating squid as a child and how important family was to him. So much so that all of the dishes on the menu are cooked from scratch using only the freshest ingredients and with no unnecessary additions. The menu he would give to his young family knowing that it is the finest of food. It was great to hear that Saju had worked closely with the Timpsons family and knew The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn on Anglesey where I used to work many moons ago.

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c
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Amos Canteen. The flavours of all the dishes I have had are just lovely. Staff are lovely and friendly and give advise on the dishes you have ordered.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of a place to visit. The restaurant is cosy and chilled with excellent attentive service. The food is brilliant with plenty of options including vegetarian & Vegan. South Indian dishes are fresh, authentic, colourful and tasty, all cooked to a high standard with various amounts of spice. A really great place, highly recommended.

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F
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was delicious - just as good the next day when eating the leftovers we took home!
Great value

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S
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, as always. Service is very attentive without being intrusive. As the evening (a Friday) went on, it became very noisy - I think this is due to low ceiling and haard surfaces.

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service as always.
Been there 3 times now & my partner & I have thoroughly enjoyed it every time!!

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful imaginative food. Friendly helpful service. Total neighbourhood gem. (Also great vegan and vegetarian options).

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OH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant and a pleasure to have it nearby

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CH
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. Food is always exceptional and staff are always friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

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VF
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived up to my expectations and more. Great family run place with simply delicious food.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Indian food you probably won't have tried before. Street cart section good for tapas like eating

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SP
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

second visit and another very fine take on Southern Indian street food - lots of different dishes I've not seen before so scores highly on originality - well worth a visit

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TK
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was happy very happy with the food (Proper authentic South Indian food) and warm welcome ......

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DB
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food - quite unusual and very high quality. Highly recommended.

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FR
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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JK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, friendly service and overall lovely atmosphere.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely location fantastic helpful service

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TM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and equally great service. Would recommend to anyone

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PT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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E
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent - can not fault Amma’s at all

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GF
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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