Spinningfields is quite possibly one of my favourite quarters in Manchester CC, perfectly located between Deansgate and the River Irwell, this highly popular development is known by many as the cities luxury dining and shopping destination.
This beautiful concrete jungle is home to some of the top restaurants and bars that Manchester has to offer, and after my recent visit to Scene Indian Street Kitchen, it did not disappoint. I’ll admit, this restaurant had big shoes to fill, with the likes of Neighbourhood, Artisan and Australasia on its door step – but this restaurant is a welcome change from all of the fine dining Spinningfields has on offer.
At Scene Indian Street Kitchen you are served beautiful, authentic Indian street food, in a warm welcoming and relaxed environment. You get to experience the elegance of Spinningfields, without the pretentiousness that some of the other restaurants and bars exude.
Myself and my friend Megan went to check it out for the first time over the weekend, we arrived at around 7PM on Saturday and overall had a very pleasant experience. All of the staff were friendly, and we were instantly made to feel welcomed. We were shown to our booth and the waiter offered to take our coats which was nice, nothing worse than having everyones coats and jackets lying around.
The restaurants interior was modern with a strong cultural theme throughout, beautifully designed, again offering a mix of Spinningfields charm but in it’s own unique way. We started off the evening with some cocktails – I opted for a classic Old Fashioned while Megan chose something a bit more exotic, which we both really enjoyed, before moving on to wine for the rest of the evening. They had a great selection of wines, champagnes and Prosecco, all ranging in price, so there is something for everyone.
The food menu was overrun with choice, and with so much to choose from we decided it was best to pick from the street food menu – similar to tapas in the sense that you order several small dishes each instead of one main meal. However there are also lots of other options on the menu, so if your just after curry or another main meal, there is still pleanty of choice.
We had: Lamb Chops, Sultan Puri Roll, Salmon Ka Tikka, Ajwani King Prawns, Chicken Shashlik, Samosa Chaat, Masala Chips and Rice – there wasn’t a dish that we didn’t enjoy, they were all full of flavour, and each dish seemed to be better than the last. My favourites were the Samosa Chaat and Sultan Puri Roll, and I would highly recommend both of those to anyone who goes. Some of the dishes were a lot spicier than others, so if you’re a lover of spice then you’re in the right place, but I also asked the waiter and there are a number of dishes that aren’t as hot, for those people who love Indian but can’t handle the heat.
For dessert I had the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Cake Brûlée which was amazing, the best dessert I’ve had from a restaurant in a long time, and Megan had the Chocolate Fondant which looked just as tasty. The portion sizes were all very generous throughout the whole meal, and it is definitely good value for money.
Once we’d finished our meal, we sat out on the veranda – a heated area outside of the restaraunt were you can sit and enjoy drinks, shisha, and a select menu of food – we tried a pommegranate, watermelon and mint Shisha mix – one of the top suggestions on the menu and it was super refreshing and the prefect way to end a lovely meal.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was lively and everybody seemed to be having a good time, overall we had a lovely experience, the food was great and the waiters couldn’t of been anymore helpful. This restaurant is ideal for groups of friends/family, you could easily spend a full evening here, dining with friends and then sitting out on the veranda. Despite being located in Spinningfields, it doesn’t carry the same price tags that other restaurants in the quarter do and I will definitely be returning here in the future.
Authentic Indian food, in a relaxed and welcoming setting.