Curry is literally my favourite food. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner without hesitation, and it still wouldn’t be enough.
And where is a good place to live if you’re a curry addict? Obviously Manchester!
Whether you’re nursing a monumental hangover and need some spice to help sweat out the booze, or fancy taking bae out for wholesome meal out, curry can do no wrong.
So put down your packet ‘Chinese style curry sauce’ and get dressed- it’s time to head out for some REAL food…
Once one of the city’s best kept secrets, Siam Smiles started life down in a supermarket in China Town, but their mix of great prices, fresh food and exotic ingredients ensured they became rather legendary amongst those ‘in the know’. Well, they got stitched up with by their landlord so decided to up sticks and move to the Great Northern on the other side of town. Don’t worry though – they still serve up some phenomenal Thai dishes alongside their excellent Lunch time buffet offering. The silver lining to the move? There is now much more room to sit and relax and enjoy this little gem.
Siam Smiles, G, Great Northern Warehouse, 253 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
23 Peter Street is home to both Sakana and Ocean Treasure, offering a range of treats from all over the Far East. Sakana is where we are looking today though, with their extensive menu of Pan Asian cuisine – including some spectacular Thai Curries. Their Panang Ox Cheeks are excellent, as is their more traditional Thai Green Chicken Curry. One of the best things about Sakana though is that you can pair your curry up with some sushi on the side or even some Salt & Pepper Ribs – giving you a range of cuisines that surprisingly all work really well together.
Sakana, 23 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
Who wouldn’t love to dig into a delicious Thai curry whilst being serenaded by a sassy, singing hostess? Sign me up! Crazy Wendy’s in Didsbury is known for its unique dining experience, but let’s not forget about their divine curries, which includes duck, pork, vegetable and mixed seafood based dishes. Traditional Thai curries and live renditions of Dame Shirley Bassey and Elvis? Don’t mind if I do! Feeling brave? Have a go at the Gaeng Panang, which is a hot, rich curry made up of dry paste fried in a thick coconut cream and kaffir lime leaves. It’ll blow your head off!
Crazy Wendy’s, 210 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LW
It was only fair we added Spinningfields’ best Thai restaurant to the list, Thaikun. As well as a menu filled with delicious noodle dishes, grilled meat/fish and crunchy stir fry’s; their curry menu is also pretty irresistible to say the least. From classic Thai Green Curries to their spicy ‘Jungle Curry’, there’s an option there to tempt any curry lover!
Thaikhun, 17, 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF
The first time I stepped through the doors of Chaophraya on Chapel Walks, I was taken aback by its sophistication and elegance. I knew instantly that the food would mirror its stunning appearance- and I was proven right when I first tasted their Prawn Red Curry. A simple and well-known dish; but it was anything but ordinary. From their slow cooked beef Panang Curry to their Caramelised Massaman, it’s a selection of Thai curries that will tempt you through the doors time and time again. And, there are also plenty of tofu options available for you vegans and vegetarians.
Chaophraya, 19 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN
Reading the menu of My Thai is like looking at a colour chart of curries. There’s red ones, green ones, yellow ones, brown ones… basically, every variation of Thai curry you could imagine. All of the curries at Try Thai are made with your choice of chicken, beef, crispy belly pork, pork, duck, seafood, whole seabass, sliced halibut or vegetables and beancurds, meaning you literally design your meal to fit your every craving. And what’s more, every single curry at Try Thai is 100% gluten free so anyone with this dietary requirement doesn’t have to miss out on all of the creamy, spicy fun!
Try Thai, Upper Ground Floor, 52-54 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH
Tampopo describe their Thai dishes as a ‘balancing act of bold flavours brought together in harmony’, and to be honest, I couldn’t agree more. As a massive lover of Asian flavours, I’ve had a fair few green curries in my time, but I can honestly say Tampopo in the Corn Exchange serves one the best I’ve ever had. It may be a chain (many people are put-off by this), but the ingredients are fresh and the taste is exquisite. It’s just well-cooked, simple Thai food- what more could you want? If you’re going out for a lunch meeting and are strapped for time, opt for their unusual yet delicious Jackfruit Rendang on their express menu; it’s pretty special.
16 Albert Square, Manchester M2 5PF
Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 3TR
An institution down amongst all of the students in Fallowfield, a Tuesday hangover was never complete without a visit to Fuzion and a taste of their massive Thai Curries and a couple of portions of Salt & Pepper Chips. Fuzion offers pretty much everything you could ever want – whether you’re hungover or not. This place tends to get a bit busy, especially around tea time. There’s always a great atmosphere in here too though and if you don’t end up making new friends by the end of your curry – you must either be a robot or clinically boring.
Fuzion Noodle Bar, 264 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 6JR
Vivid Thai Kitchen
Voted one of the best Thai Eateries in Greater Manchester, Vivid Lounge is a quaint restaurant tucked away in Ancoats that sources only the finest meats and vegetables from local suppliers. Praised as one of the top hidden gems by the Guardian, you know you’re going to end up with a full belly and a smile on your face when you leave this gaff! The best part about the menu is that you get to design every part of your meal from scratch. First, choose your bowl option, and then pick a base, which includes shrimp rice, roti, egg noodles and jasmine rice. Next is the curry, which includes a mouth-watering selection of dishes such as, Beef Massaman, Duck & Tamarind Sauce and Pumpkin curry. After that, finish of your bowl with your choice of salad, specials and bites- and hey presto, you have yourself a foodie masterpiece.
Vivid Thai Kitchen, 149A Great Ancoats St, Manchester M4 6DH
If you want no faff, traditional Thai food, you’ve found your place in Phetpailin. Of course, they serve all of our favourite Thai dishes: Pad Thai, Gai Yang and Khoa Pad Siam, but they also offer dishes that are perhaps less well-known. Ranging from mild to super-hot, their curry selection offers a range of delicious meals that are all infused with the authentic flavours of Thailand. If I were you, I’d opt for the ‘special’ Gaeng Ped Yang- a dish made from special Thai roasted duck, red curry with pineapple and tomatoes and creamy coconut milk. It’s mega!
Phetpailin Thai, 46 George St, Manchester M1 4HF