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Address: 35 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme

 

Phone number: 0161 248 6200

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Visited by the Curry Night on: Thursday 2nd June 2016 (1)

 

Website: spicymint.co.uk

 

General comments: ddfdfdf

 

  

 

 

Thursday 2nd June 2016

 

 

 

"A great night out - definitely in the top two curries I have had this week   [A ringing endorsement.]"

 

 

 


 

"I thought it was OK, but quite expensive for what we got. I did not appreciate the waiter leaving our table in the middle of taking our order to go to speak to a large group of prospective student diners!  Not bad, but won't be going back any time soon... [Fair enough.]"

 

 

 

 

 

"Poppadums were nice.  Strong yoghurt dip game [not a sentence heard often; in fact, probably technically not a sentence, but that's by the by].  No lime pickle, though, so not quite in the Poppadum Premier League.  The starter (prawn tikka) was tasty but small, which at the time was a disappointment, but I did finish my main, which showed they knew what they were doing with portion control.  However, it probably makes a starter a bad financial decision.  Main - I can't check the name because [the firm's] firewall blocks it (too firey?) - was a coconutty little number; perhaps a little too sweet, but generally very nice. Combined well with the rice and naan - definitely above average for a Rusholme main.

Disappointed they've lost the rubber chicken gimmick [but it's not the same place?], but they did start a couple of giant fires on our table, which was pretty cool.  Fewer runners and riders in the Rusholme field these days, with the epidemic of shisha bars taking over, but this feels like it's got to be one of the good ones - would happily go again to check out the range of chef's specials.  Been a while since I did any reviews, so hard to calibrate a numerical rating.  Is 3.5 rubber chickens out of 5 too harsh?  [That rather depends on whether a rubber chicken is a good thing or a bad thing.  Will assume good in this instance.]"

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Thought it was really good - the set menu worked given the variety of food even though I was sceptical about it.  Good value too.  The waiter was friendly but said some weird things like "its got all sorts of things in it" when asked what was in a dish.  [Another favourite, when asked the difference between two of the lagers, was the helpful "it's the same but similar" which, whilst slightly contradictory perhaps sums up lagers for some - Ozzy later confirmed in chat with spaceman that he was half-Czech and half-Swedish].  Not that helpful if you are a veggie like Likesa.  Contrary to spaceman's and SonofJacob's beliefs, creamy/milky lager does exist on draught (typically Becks and Stella are prone to it) and I'd be grateful if someone could explain why.  [spaceman checked this with Eddie, featured on this website here, who confirmed that "lots of things can cause the issue however not very common with those big brands as they have systems in place to stop it"]   Don't want to say more in case I'm accused of writing a "Tripadvisor" review!  Thanks as ever for organising.  [Always a pleasure.]"

 

 

 

 

"Mowgli had been recommended to me as something a little bit different to your normal Indian restaurant and so I was keen to try it (although admittedly something a little bit different has become more and more common, see also Scene, ZiyaÖ). Pleased to say it didnít disappoint. The restaurant itself has a really nice feel to it; its setting within the Triangle [Corn Exchange] itself I canít make up my mind if it has a bit of a Vegas casino holiday feel (having lots of restaurants inside) or a bit of a cold and artificial feel, though we were tucked away downstairs so this was only on my mind arriving and leaving (and also when going to the toilet, if you must know [must we? S'pose we must]).

I love the way the food was done, bringing out lots of little dishes over the evening; as well as this being quite nice and exciting to try lots of different things and spacing out eating, it also avoids the long waits sometimes seen at curry places with a big group. The first items were the Chat Bombs which I really enjoyed, nice and different and a great appetiser. Then the Bhel Puri, which I thought was a bit like hot Bombay mix (and after it was pointed out also a bit like a breakfast curry!) was also good. Then came along the Himalayan Cheese Toast and Fenugreek Kissed Fries, again very nice although a little less interesting than the first dishes. Finally ending with the tiffin boxes (little boxes of various curries, rice and bread shared amongst the table): after the initial disappointment of thinking that the only veggie ones were little potatoes and ĎIndian greensí, Spaceman sourced some more curry-like dishes. These were nice enough but I feel like they were my least favourite part of the meal, not particularly exciting and also not hot (temperature) enough.

Funny that my first ever non-drinking curry night seemed to be the first one where there wasnít a non-drinking discount, but I think this is fair punishment for driving in the first place [this was mainly because spaceman wasn't involved in the bill settling otherwise a two-tiered structure would have been used; also the tip might have been closer to 10% than the 5% rumoured to have been paid]. And a lesson learnt.. curry doesnít feel the same without beer [amen]. Although I think my abstinence helped with the otherwise inevitable disruption caused by the move to Wednesday (else today I would feel like itís Friday and be utterly disappointed when my mind cleared up later to reveal it isnít!).  [A once reluctant reviewer is now the most dependable contributor.]"

 

 

 

 

 

"Mowgli's "tapas" style curry was a nice change to the usual one curry and one rice per person. It offered good variety, although perhaps on reflection there wasn't an awful lot of food for the price, but then again it was still pretty reasonable. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for something different!  Norwegian Blue [essentially our fourth choice post-meal drinking hole] ...it's certainly no Oast House or Alchemist is it?  [It is not.]"