Tapas to Dim Sum: Exploring Ethnic Restaurants in Manchester

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The city of Manchester is home to dozens of locally owned dining destinations, and immigrant families run many of them. Unlike some other large cities, Manchester has a community atmosphere, and many local restaurants are popular hangouts for locals and frequent visitors.

Whether you're in the mood for classic Greek food, authentic Indian fare or traditional Italian favorites, treat your palate to international flavors at these ethnic restaurants around the city:


This lively restaurant with brightly painted walls is the perfect place to enjoy Mediterranean tapas, authentic Greek cuisine and live entertainment on any given night. The restaurant offers both set menus and a la carte items including chargrilled steaks, souvlakia, mousaka and fish and chips made Greek style.

Yang Sing

Located in Chinatown, this Cantonese restaurant has earned its reputation as a prime Dim Sum venue in Manchester. It also boasts a diverse menu of Asian favorites. The sophisticated and chic setting makes this a perfect destination for parties and special occasions. Bring your appetite and choose from more than 200 dishes on the a la carte menu.


The modern and stylish décor at this Punjabi restaurant is a refreshing change from the traditional Indian buffet venues and restaurants scattered around the city. Located inside the Ibis Hotel in central Manchester, it serves up a range of traditional Indian dishes with elements of flavors from Northwest India. Despite its chic ambiance, the prices are relatively affordable and you can take advantage of tandoori grill and shashlik (a kind of kebab) specials throughout the week.

Bollywood Masala

Another contemporary Indian restaurant, this new concept restaurant offers fusion Indian cuisine and an upbeat, lively atmosphere. Specialty menu items are named after famous Bollywood actors and actresses: "Aishwarya" is a dish of chicken with tomato, mango chutney, cream, nuts and herbs; "Chopra" is a dish of minced lamb, peas, potato and spices. The menu features both vegetarian and meat dishes, as well as healthy fare for the diet-conscious. Naan is made in the clay oven on site, and a kids' menu is available.

San Carlo

This chic Italian restaurant is one of the busiest in the city and boasts a regional wine menu as well as authentic Italian dishes. It has catered to many celebrities over the years and promotes itself as the "originale cucina Italian," or original Italian kitchen. Head here for fresh pasta and seafood dishes, wood oven-baked pizza and decadent dessert offerings.

by Sabah Karimi

Top: Manchester's Chinatown district comes alight at night with many authentic restaurants. (Photo: Britain on View/Visit Britain)

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