Manchester boasts a plethora of Indian and Pakistani eateries that satiate its residents’ desire for curry in all its variations. Once upon a time, many of these establishments were found on Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, a locale that garnered the moniker, The Curry Mile. These days, that area is more diverse, with a heavier lean towards kebabs than curries, many of which are worth your attention. But when it comes to a standout Indian dining experience, our nod consistently goes to the original Mughli Charcoal Pit. This isn’t to be mistaken with Nisha Katona’s chain, Mowgli (which also holds its merit), Mughli is a longstanding gem in Rusholme, serving up delectable dishes since 1991.
Yes, you’ll find curry (or kari) from butter chicken to jalfrezi “do-pyaaz” and a korma of garlic, coconut and almond on the menu at Mughli Charcoal Pit, reinterpreted by Manchester’s second generation as “unapologetically inauthentic”. However, pay close attention to the charcoal pit (or koyla) section, as Mughli’s tandoori chicken thighs, seared lamb chops and scorpion prawns are the stuff dreams are made of.