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Wah Ji Wah

4.5
75 reviews
£25 and under
Indian

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Casual
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 75 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GillC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was very quiet as we were there on a Monday evening just before going into the tier 3 restrictions. The food was a step up from normal Indian fare. Had dishes we had never heard of before! Service was superb. Will definitely be going back to try some of the other dishes.

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ReshV
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time and couldn’t fault a single thing. The service and the food was excellent

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ChloeN
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I booked a reservation for 7pm and arrived 5 minuets early. I stood at the door for 10 whole minuets before anyone greeted me - both manager and wait staff walked past me several times and didn’t even think to give me a menu. The couple behind me also had a reservation which meant that we were both missed our slots by 20 minuets by the time we were actually seated. I understand that it’s a busy time, but when you allow customers to make reservations then you have to ensure that there is enough turn around time. Once seated, my order wasn’t taken until 7:45pm. Luckily I had no other plans for the evening. The food was averagely priced but the portions were very small. The drinks arrived fairly quickly but the food didn’t come until at 8:15pm - at this point, I had been in the restaurant for over an hour and still hadn’t eaten. We ended up chatting to our 3 nearest tables who were also complaining about how slow the service was. The food did taste good but we all agreed that we wouldn’t return due to the lack of care and attention. The staff were not rude, but could have been more attentive. Once we had finished eating, no one came to collect our plates or ask if we wanted more drinks or dessert. The night ended with the waitress giving us our bill and telling us to go to the nearest cash machine because the card reader doesn’t work. Such a shame about the experience because the food was generally okay.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !! Best in Manchester. Service was excellent

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PranabB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my sister out for a surprise bday 🎉. Enjoyed everything about Wah Ji Wah. Great food, decor, service (despite the fact that there was only one waiting staff).

Had sharing platter - chicken and fish tickled the pallette most
Gosht Banjara - hits the right spots of you like spices
Amachur kaaju karela - what a delight - who knew bitter gourd can be so delicious
....and fab proper tandoor roti - dhaaba style

Authentic Indian cuisine so a must try...

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GraemeD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food lived up to the reviews. Great starter of mashed potatoes stuffed with dates and with yogurt and chutney. Both had lamb main courses which were very tender and very flavourful. Naans amazingly light. Thoroughly recommend

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AvijeetD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

When ordering starters I ordered Onion Bhajis one of which was ice cold.

We also asked for a jug of water when the waiter was taking the drinks orders which they completely forgot about and had to ask for again when the mains were served.

When the mains were served they had forgotten to give us any plates or cutlery.

Everyone of us ordered a chicken dish which was not cooked properly was extremely chewy.

We booked a table at this restaurant based on the high ratings and good reviews it has but was left completely disappointed.

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JenniferM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was 1st rate - wasn't particularly happy with being charged a service charge on the bill. It was only a party of 3, so don't understand the need. Surely a tip is a personal choice? We weren't given an option which is wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal as always, and service was great

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mmmm
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a nice experience there. The restaurant is not very big, so if you want to have a meal there, I woul recommend booking a table before hand.

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OpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Been here many times. The food is always outstanding and of authentic Indian quality. Always fresh and decent portion sizes and would put it up there with one of the best in Manchester. Poor and slow service tends to be a theme and this should be addressed to ensure customers come back. Need more attentive waiters who actually know how to serve guests, deliver food and drink timely and improve the experience.

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FrancisF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been here now 5 times and every time the food never fails. It's always hot and tastes fresh.
We took our friends and they absolutely loved it as well. Got to be the best authentic Indian restaurant in Manchester in my opinion.

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SpaceS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We first placed the order and then they said that the whole section ‘special dishes’ wasn’t available as it was going to take too long to serve, which was weird as we already had our starters when they came to us with this feedback. I then ordered a standard curry, but the lamb was still very pink and bloody in the middle. The door was wide open and it was quite chilly in there too. It is usually a good place to eat, but this ‘eat out scheme’ has definitely impacted both quality and service.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food! Lovely staff! Lovely place! Would highly recommend as an avid eater of Indian Food. Spicy (the server asked if we liked it spicy) lamb dish was tender and flavoursome, really good! Will be back. 5 star

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Tanya
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice and tasty food, all very fresh. Missed the typical onions on the popadoms but other than that spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived around 10pm at which point the restaurant was closing but the head chef was kind enough to continue service for the two of us and delivered very nice food. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance, you feel at ease and the cocktails are delicious.

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Julie
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I were lucky to get a table on the day, and enjoyed an early 6pm dinner, the restaurant was fairly quiet to start, but was filling up whilst we dined. The food was delicious, and we shared two starters, the Peshawari Lamb Chop and the Lasooni Murgh Tikka, both dishes were so succulent, tender and flavoured. For main I chose the Goan Fish Curry, there was plenty of 'meaty' fish in the dish and the gravy/sauce was so smooth and tasty, and really well spiced. My husband chose the Murgh Tikka Masala, again his was delicious and we left nothing. We accompanied the meal with a Coconut Rice and a Tandori Rota. I keep thinking about that fish curry, and can't wait to go again to have another one!!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

The service was awful the restaurant isn’t very big inside and food was very standard

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OpenTable Diner
Cork
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Exceptional service

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fab as always. All Social Distancing measures in place and felt very safe place to dine. Was lovely to see the restaurant busy with happy satisfied customers. Had to wait a while for our table to be ready but this was down to people not vacating the tables after their meals fast enough considering the current climate.

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AbdusS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Given seat for 10ppl when it was a booking for two. starters were OK but main meal disappointing.

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ShirleyW
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cocktails, wine and starters were excellent. Service was ok but the main dish was disappointing compared to previous experiences here.

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FrancisF
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here 4 times now and can't wait to go back it's excellent by far the best Indian restaurant in Manchester.

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PhilG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Fresh food cooked to order in an open kitchen.

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ZacB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best vegan curry in Manchester!

We had chilli garlic mushrooms and vegan chicken pepper fry to start, vegan-chicken tikka masala and Dum ki biryani for main meal.

Couldn't fault either, they were superb. Such lovely service too and the cocktail and mocktails were very nice too. Will certainly be visiting again soon.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious but due to Eat out to help out scheme, the staff were clearly stretched very thin. Our reservation wasn't written down but we were seated straight away. Covid regulations seemed to be hit and miss with tables too close together and a table of 16 behind us. Food was absolutely spot on and the servers were very polite but we were given the bill and asked to leave as soon as we finished our mains (1h30mins) as there were people waiting for our tables, even though we had just ordered more drinks. If we were informed of a 1h30min slot we would have ordered differently. Still great food and will come back once covid regulations die down.

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Timgreen
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Food excellent. Disappointed with the service and the amount of people in such a small space given the current circumstances! Would return just for the food!

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Seems
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They overcharged me and didn’t realise till after. The bill came to £25 and i gave £40 as I had no change and only got £5 change and realised after but didn’t have my receipt to go back after to challenger as the waiter had taken it off me. Won’t be dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, exceptional quality, fresh and authentic.

Only criticism was my friends starter took and absolute age to arrive. As we waited our starters got cold.

Otherwise the service was very good and the chef/owner took time to talk to use.

Highly recommend this if you like authentic food from India.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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JanetW
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit was fabulous. The service, the drinks and the food exceeded our expectations. This is very much an authentic Indian restaurant and we will definitely be back soon.

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Mike
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food okay, nothing to shout about and lacked a bit of oomph that you'd expect from an Indian.
Waiter wiped the table while we were still sat down, which is off-putting.

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emmaw
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food- this is our third visit and it did not disappoint!

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janr
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious, lamb not as tender as we are used to hence 4 stars not 5 but overall, really enjoyed the meal and would recommend.

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PhilP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu, and the best Indian food I have tasted in a long time. Very friendly service.

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EllaS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food - flavourful but not overpowering, attentive staff, very clean restaurant. We will be back

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PaintParty
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing post lockdown experience- the food is on point. Flavours are so unique and delicious. Probably our new favourite Indian.

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DMel
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, service was slow and the food took a long time to come out. The starters were quite cold and they didn't have our reservation when we arrived, luckily it was very quiet. It was very expensive for what we had.

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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.

FAQs

Wah Ji Wah does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Wah Ji Wah also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 819 5460.

Wah Ji Wah is rated 4.5 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.