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Didsbury curry house named ‘Best in Manchester’ at 2023 Curry Awards 

‘We want to say thank you to our loyal customers who have supported us’

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The ‘original’ Didsbury curry house has been named the ‘Best of Manchester 2023’ at the English Curry Awards.

Popular restaurant Original Third Eye, on Wilmslow Road in Didsbury Village, took home the prestigious gong, beating the likes of Asha’s, Delhi House Cafe and Indian Tiffin Room.

The awards were served at a ceremony held at The Holiday Inn, Birmingham, on Monday night (August 14th), seeing over 400 people in attendance.

The awards, which is in its 12th year, ‘celebrates the talents and hard work of individuals and businesses within the English curry industry’, with winners decided by the general public.

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The restaurant were also winners at the award ceremony back in 2018, 2019 and 2022, among an impressive collection of others.

Mela Kumar, who runs the restaurant with her husband, chef Arun Kumar, said they were ‘beyond grateful’ and ‘humbled’ to have received the award.

She said: “We want to say thank you to our loyal customers who have supported us, and this is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our family members and staff with their support.

“And obviously not forgetting our chef Mr Arun Kumar who creates his magic.”

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The restaurant, which blends Indian and Nepalese cuisine, has been going since 2000. 

Many of the dishes on the menu have been passed down through the family, with Mr Kumar’s father having worked at the famous Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi.

The restaurant invented dishes including butter chicken, dal makhani and tandoori chicken in the 1950s, with the Original Third Eye using the same recipes.

A spokesperson for the 12th English Curry Awards said: “It has been an unforgettable night, filled with incredible food, vibrant energy, and passionate conversations.

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“We have celebrated the finest in the English curry scene, recognising the creativity, innovation, and exceptional service that have become synonymous with this beloved cuisine.

“The  curry industry is a vital part of our culture, and these awards recognised the exceptional talents of the individuals and businesses that make it so special. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and thank you to everyone who participated and supported this event.”

Other winners in the region included the Bombay 8 restaurant in Warrington, which won the Curry King Award, and Kiplings in Sowerby Bridge, which won the Critic’s Choice Award.

To view the full list of winners at the English Curry Awards 2023, click HERE.

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Popeyes opening new drive-thru in Manchester tomorrow with FREE chicken

It’s the second Popeyes to open in Manchester

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Louisiana-style fried chicken chain Popeyes has announced plans to open more restaurants this year, including a second site in Greater Manchester – which opens tomorrow, Friday April 26th.

The chain opened its 33rd UK site in Piccadilly Gardens in October last year, which proved an instant hit with visitors forming queues along the street and around the corner just to sample its classic Southern fried chicken.

Regular customers have learned to take early lunches to avoid the rush as it fills up with hungry people every day.

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Now its new drive-thru, located on Bury New Road, is opening tomorrow, Friday April 26th, with both the doors and lanes officially opening from 11am.

Greater Manchester and the North West’s first drive-thru location, the restaurant will mark the brand’s 11th opening in 2024 and 47th site in the UK.

And of course, they’re giving away FREE chicken on opening day, with the first three people queuing both on-foot and in cars winning free Chicken Sandwiches for a whole year.

As well as that, the first 25 customers in both queues will also be rewarded with a free Chicken Sandwich and exclusive Popeyes merchandise.

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You’ll have to get there early if you want to be one of the first three, however, as fans queued for more than 16 hours when the Piccadilly Gardens site opened last year.

And from Saturday, April 27th, you’ll also be able to grab breakfast at the new restaurant.

The ‘Brekkie’ menu features British Breakfast classics with a New Orleans twist, like the Big Cajun Breakfast Roll, Cajun Hash Browns and Nutella-topped buttermilk biscuits.

Breakfast will be available until 11am every day, and will even include a Bacon Roll Meal for just £1.99, which includes a Bacon Roll, a Hash Brown and a drink.

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For those who have not yet had the pleasure of sampling Popeyes’ crunchy flavoursome goodness, its menu features classic offerings like the Chicken Sandwich, with signature 12-hour marinated chicken and original Southern biscuits and gravy. 

Additionally, a variety of side dishes like mac & cheese, mash with Cajun gravy, and original biscuits will be served, alongside milkshakes in various flavours including vanilla, chocolate, mocha, and specialities like Oreo, Lotus Biscoff, and strawberry cheesecake.

What’s more, fans across the UK can now start their day with a Cajun twist – with Popeyes Breakfast Menu now available nationwide.

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Tom Crowley, Popeyes UK Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Following the success of our Manchester Piccadilly restaurant, we are thrilled to bring our newest Popeyes to Bury New Road, marking our third restaurant in the North West.

“Our new restaurant will also be a Drive-Thru, meaning customers in Greater Manchester can enjoy our Famous Louisiana Chicken by dining in, via the Drive Thru lane, or by ordering online for kerbside collection.

“Our most recent openings have been some of the biggest to date, not just in the UK but for Popeyes globally, and we’re confident that Bury New Road will be just as popular.”

If you fancy winning free Chicken Sandwiches for a year, but don’t have time to queue up outside the new restaurant, then keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram tomorrow, Friday April 26th, as we’re going to be running a competition where you can win just that!

T&Cs: Offer entitles the holder to 3 free Chicken Sandwiches per week for 52 weeks. The 12 months starts on receipt of the email containing the first 3 links. Available in any Popeyes Louisiana Chicken UK restaurant, only on our Classic or Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Non transferable, not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offer is redeemable only when you order online for collection through our website. Over 18s only.

 

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Popular Italian launches new menu with fresh cheesy pesto pasta and king prawns

If you’re in search of an authentic Italian dining experience in Manchester, look no further than Italiana Fifty Five

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A popular Italian restaurant in Manchester has launched a new A La Carte menu.

Italiana Fifty Five has added some appetising new dishes to its menu to expand its offering this spring.

Diners can sample the newly added seasonal items and its authentic classic Italian favourites at all three of its Manchester sites – at the Great Northern, Liverpool Road and Didsbury.

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The new A La Carte dishes include Gamberoni Grigliata which is tiger prawns cooked in garlic, butter, lemon and fresh chilli and served with toasted altamura bread for  £13.95.

Also new to the menu is the Zoupa which is a hearty seafood soup with king scallops, king prawns, and muscles for £13.95.

Brand new appetisers include the Insalata Tricolore with avocado, beef tomato and buffalo mozzarella for £9.50, and the Bruschetta Speciale made with toasted sourdough bread and buffalo mozzarella spread, roasted heritage cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh basil and pesto for £9.75.

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And if that’s not enough to entice you, diners can also tuck in to the new risotto and pasta dishes, including Risotto Zafferano which is a saffron risotto with parsley, garlic, onion and pecorino cheese for £14.95.

And the Trofie ala Pesto made with trofie pasta in homemade pesto sauce, finished with buffalo mozzarella for £14.95.

Complete your visit on a sweet note and indulge in one of Italiana Fifty Five’s best-loved desserts such as the Tiramisu or panna cotta.

To find out more or book a table at Italiana Fifty Five, click HERE.

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Restaurant famed for ‘cheese wheel pasta’ and ‘towering lasagnas’ looking to come to Manchester

A taste of la dolce vita could be coming to Manchester

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The ‘OTT’ group famous for its pasta served in a wheel of cheese and 10-level lasagnas is reportedly looking to open a new Italian restaurant in Manchester city centre.

French-based Big Mamma Group, which owns over-the-top Italian restaurants in London – Gloria, Carlotta, Jacuzzi, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare – will open a new venue in Gary Neville’s under-construction St Michael’s development off Deansgate.

Its restaurants are known for their flamboyant, retro interiors, resembling vintage maximalism Italian eateries, as well as US-style red sauce joints.

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The regularly changing menus feature a variety of Italian classics, including fettuccine alfredo al tartufo, spaghetti with meatballs, a famous ’10 level’ lasagne and carbonara served in a huge cheese wheel.

The Manchester restaurant will be the first UK venue to be located outside of London and will – sit alongside the also announced Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte, also to be built at St Michael’s.

The move follows a host of other operators in the capital choosing to open new sites in Manchester.

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Soon to arrive in the city will be the likes of Caravan, Flat Iron, Soho House and Blacklock.

Big Mamma – which was founded in 2013 by French entrepreneurs Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux – has more than 20 restaurants across Europe including Paris, Monaco, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

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