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Wah Ji Wah

4.6
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37 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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In India, if someone ends a meal with the words “Wah Ji Wah” – there can be no bigger compliment. To give a loose translation, it means “Wow”, and this sense of satisfaction was the inspiration behind Wah Ji Wah – Manchester’s most authentic Indian restaurant.

There are many reasons to visit Wah Ji Wah. For those working locally or doing a bit of shopping in Manchester, we are ideally located for a quick and tasty street lunch – see our express lunch menu for more details. And for those looking to savour some of our signature and classic dishes, our unique ambience and relaxing setting makes Wah Ji Wah a perfect choice for an evening out – see our a la carte menu and get ready for a feast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 37 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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JP1974
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was lovely and the food and staff were 10/10.
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was very authentic and the lamb chop starter was to die for!

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pradeep
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not the biggest of places and that will be why the drinks options aren't the biggest but the food is amazing! Its great indian food done to a high standard so compliments to the chef's involved at this place! Its a hidden gem tucked around the corner in Deansgate, definitely worth a visit, especially in the week when its much easier to find a table here.

MB
MattB
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was meet by the chef and other staff and welcomed into the Resturant, Nice Touch! Then staff were very eager to help with suggestions of Resturant specials, which were very nice and then the chef. Came over and checked we were happy with our meal at the end as well again nice touch! In all a very nice experience and would definitely go again

Matt

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SandraD
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef came to speak with us about the gluten free dishes, to offer his reassurances. The food was delicious and flavoursome, even the spicier dishes tasted of the ingredients and weren’t overwhelmed by the spice.

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Cazzor
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Nicest Jalfrezi EVER! Lovely food but a little slow on service and they struggled to understand me with my lisp.

JN
JamieN
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great; had to send a dish back as it appeared slightly undercooked but that was replaced quickly without issue.

Limited menu given it was Valentine’s Day - the full menu looks great, will visit again to sample it properly!

KA
vipKAREN
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time in Manchester and to this restaurant. Delicious food, good portion sizes. Service was attentive and the restaurant is lovely and clean. We could see into the kitchen which was interesting. Tables are quite close together but that didn't bother us too much. Would dine here again if back in Manchester.

LH
LeeH
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been working in Manchester for the last 14 months. I have visited Wah ji Wah 6 times. It is without doubt the best Best Indian Cuisine I have eaten anywhere. I cannot recommend this place highly enough

JB
JohnB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with excellent food and advice and great service. Not too expensive either.

GC
GillyC1
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely ambience. We were celebrating my birthday and the food was top notch. Excellent service from courteous waiters.

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Julie
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great addition to the neighbourhood. We visited for the first time on Friday evening and loved that it was full and busy. The menu offers some interesting, delicious and non traditional choices, and within our group we all had different starters and different main courses. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choices. The staff were all very friendly, however I think during busy times they could benefit from some additional help, we had to wait a little longer than you’d expect to order our drinks including water. It’s a small restaurant and you can see the kitchen, which I always like. You are able to see how well run it is. A nice touch was that the owner/chef popped out to speak to us and some other customers for feedback and a little chat. I hope this restaurant continues to be successful, I would definitely recommend eating here, I have already rebooked.

JH
JamesH
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wherever we go, we look for a curry house, and some of those in Manchester are becoming, IMHO, quite tired or complacent. However, this time we found a relatively new place called Wah Ji Wah. This has been open around 8 months, and is tucked down a side street, just off Deansgate (next to House of Fraser). It's only a small place from the front, but sits a reasonable number of people. The place looked great, fresh, romantic and relaxing. We were seated and asked what we wanted to drink, so we ordered champagne. The one we wanted wasn't in, so the manager offered us two half bottles of a slightly more expensive champagne, but at the same price! Starting well....

One thing I noticed, we weren't ritually harassed and made to feel rushed like in lots of Indians, so this was a refreshing change. We ordered popadoms which came in pieces in a bowl, with a tray containing a red pepper style sauce, mango chutney and also thick creamy yoghurt/raita. No greasiness here and the dips were great. We also noticed we didn't order our meal until towards the end of the poppadoms, so again, no rushing whatsoever!

We don't do starters as we don't eat a lot, so we went straight for the mains. I ordered a Lamb Rogan Josh and my wife ordered Lobster Pepper Fry. Lobster in an Indian! You don't often see that treat! We also ordered a Pilau rice and a garlic coriander naan.

Rice was gorgeous and not like the normal yellow stuff you usually get, and the naan was lovely and moist with plenty of garlic and herbs. For the mains, they were absolutely outstanding, and I don't say that lightly either! We like to think we know our curries, and these exceeded the expectations I had for. Plenty of lamb in the Rogan Josh, and all beautifully tender. Plenty of sauce too and the spiciness was pitched just right for that dish. The Lobster Pepper Fry was a little hotter but it never took anything from the incredible taste. Also plenty of meat in it too, with just the right amount of sauce.

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Allanb
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great to see Manish continuing to deliver excellent cuisine

MJ
vipMichelleJ
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd visit, food and service amazing! I would recommend to anyone!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here during Christmas and new year, food is excellent. Try the lobster pepper pot, it’s superb.
Service was ok, could be better but don’t let that put you off, it may have just been that night. The food is the best Iv had.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good food and great service!

KS
KathrynS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was the best o tasted. The service was outstanding and the environment was personable and pristine.

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emmaw
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, literally the best curry I’ve ever had ! Brilliant service and atmosphere

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Cath
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly helpful service, good food and atmosphere

QD
QDHash
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious and subtle Indian food- wonderful tastes and great value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal, did not disappoint, owner/chef came out to make sure everything was fine with our meal. Already booked for another evening with family

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Cath
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive and friendly staff
Good variety of dishes and great flavours

CW
CharleneW
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would recommend a visit to this wonderful little Indian restaurant. Lovely food, good service and nice ambience. One of the better Indian restaurants I've eaten in.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brillaint service, food was lovely, friendly staff. We will definitely be back!

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doverplc
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lamb Lazeez was incredible. Food was very good quality

DD
DDDXXX
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing second visit thank you !!!! Curries are the best! Great service a must try in Manchester!

DG
DavidG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table for 8.45. Got there and was told to come back in 15 mins. Did- no change. Our table still had people with drinks etc. Another group were waiting and delayed. We left, so whilst the food smelt good we had no idea what it was like. A shame.

BD
BenjiDaveJackbill
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The fact this is a new venue is apparent with the fact there was only 1 server for the entire, somewhat small and not too intimate dining space. The food was exemplary. Having travelled to India and eaten copious authentic cuisine this is truly the closest you’ll get in Manchester. Definitely recommended & will revisit although the service could have improved. They wrote a manual receipt in ink which wasn’t ideal. The prices are reasonable and the Curries & in particular the bread phenomenal !

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Trainy
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food outstanding. All cooked fresh and able to see them cooking

SD
SusanD
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch - lots of choice, spoilt for choice in fact. Food was delicious and presented well. Service was attentive but not overly so.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

No high chair provided even though I had requested one.
They were able to change dishes to suit dietary requirements which was a positive. Good ambiance however very small. Service could be a lot better, some starters came out with the mains and had to wait for the sides. But overall a nice place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really nice.
Indian food with a really nice twist.

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Arek
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never tried it ss we have booked the table via trip advisor, got confirmation email, came to restaurant to find they have no table for us.
Spent a lovely hour looking for a table somewhere else as it was busy evening. Than you guys, great service...

TF
ThomasF
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So I booked a table for 4 people two hours ahead. When we got to the restaurant 15 minutes before, it was still packed with others. So we went to a local Irish pub because they asked us if we could wait for 20 minutes. That was not a problem, so we did.
Anyway when we came back we could sit and start our dinner.

I loved the open kitchen in the restaurant, so you could see the actual preparation of the food while waiting for it. All the tables were filled and what I noted was that almost every plate was empty when they were brought back to the kitchen for cleaning.

The food was very well cooked and also nicely decorated. The finishing touches on every dish were the key for me that they loved what they were doing, and you taste that as well.

The restaurant looked very modern and new, but for the food I can only recommend; book a table in advance and get yourself a great taste of India!

Whenever I visit Manchester again I will go back to this restaurant!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening dinner and will be back with friends soon. Food was exceptional and a lovely atmosphere with open kitchen overlooking the restaurant !

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service

BP
BobbyP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting the town for a match.
I was impressed by the credentials of the chef/owner.
Decided to make a booking a booking.
So glad we did.
Dietary restrictions were no trouble.
Nothing was any trouble.
Seamless experience.
Food was high quality, freshly prepared with the emphasis on flavour rather than spicy and overly chilli.
On a par with some of London’s Michelin starred Indian venues.
Can not recommend it enough.
Kids loved it and they are fussy.

FAQs

Wah Ji Wah offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 819 5460.

Wah Ji Wah is rated 4.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.