“ 73-83 Liverpool Road, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4NQ, 0161 834 8444 „
Akbars is a indian restaurant in Manchester the location of this restaurant though is fairly decent as its not too busy in the local area. Parking is no problem here at all as you can find some parking near by when coming here to eat. They make some tasty indian food here and on arrival they take you here to some spare seats where you wish to eat at.
My friends and I came here last month to eat and our order was taken in a short time of 5 minutes of the staff. We got some starters which cost us together 30 pounds high priced!
The food quality on the other hand was very good and fresh. We was given a lot of mint sauces along with salad. Our main meal was some chicken curry dish which was served fresh to us. The food was made very well and had some really good taste to it.
I enjoyed the service here a lot because the service was good. Waiters here would not pester you around to ask if you want more they just let you eat here. The environment inside the restaurant was busy and this was on a Thursday night which shows a lot of people come here for the food not just to eat anywhere on a normal day.
Food prices here may be high and it may be costly but you are guaranteed some fine fresh food here to eat.
There has been a lot of hype about this restaurant, it is just one of the chic Indians that have been popping up within the city centre over the past few years (Shimla Pinks and Zouk also fit into this "chic Indian" category).
You will find Akbar's in Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and York. I visited the Akbar's in Manchester that is located just outside central Manchester (heading towards Castlefield). There always seems to crowds of people outside the restaurant and it has become a popular venue.
I have always enjoyed Indian food and I frequently visit Indian restaurants. For my sister's 18th birthday the whole family went along for a meal to see what Akbar's had to offer.
We were all escorted to a long table in the middle of the packed out restaurant, the table was quite packed at the seats weren't particularly comfortable.
I ordered Chicken Tikka to start and a dhansak as a main course. The chicken tika was nice and moist, but nothing particularly special. The dhansak was nice but distinctly average, I didn't think that there were enough lentils in the curry and it was darker then the dhansaks I've ordered from other restaurants. It didn't have the creamy taste that I associate with the typical dhansak.
The waiters seemed very busy and I had to ask four times for a bottle of beer which was quite irritating. They also tried to take the plates away before members of my party had finished eating.
To share between the family we ordered some naan breads, they were gigantic and they were brought out attached to stands. I can remember watching an episode of 'Gordon Ramsey's kitchen nightmares' once, where he was in another Indian restaurant that presented their naan breads in the exact same way - Ramsey said that it was ridicules to serve naan breads like this and I'm inclined to agree. When you are sat around a large, cramped table the last thing you need is a huge naan bread hanging between you and the person you've gone to dinner with!
A starter, main course and rice will cost you around £15 so it is reasonably priced. However although the food tastes nice and there is a nice ambiance in the restaurant, I don't think it is anything to write home about and there are much better curry houses in the suburbs of the city.
I am giving this restaurant three out of five stars because, in my opinion, it is distinctly average.
I live above this restaurant and frequent atleast once a fortnight. First off i have never had a bad mealhere.
Akbars is situated just outside the heart of the city. Peering through the window at 7.30pm on any evening you will see hoards of people gathered in something which resembles a overcrowded wine bar. From experience my advice is to get in no later than 6.45 and you will be seated in the dinning room within 10minutes cobra in hand. The dinning room itself resembles nothing you would see on the curry mile. Its modern if every so slightly poorly lit and always jamed packed with hungary dinners from all different backgrounds.
Popadoms usual arrive within minutes from the almost to efficient staff(more on that later) The menu can be a little confusing compared to many indians. A double sided lament with mains dotted around all over the place. Orders are usually taken whilst mucnhing through a half eaten popadom.
Most importantly in terms of the food quality Akbars puts its curry mile cousins to shame. The Lamb chop starter is amazing and ample enough to share. As for the mains on the surface look a average portion size but seem to contain a endless supply of meat usually cooked to perfection. Order a family nam bread and you are confronted with something that could double up as a sleeping bag, they must assume that a family constitutes 4 adults 4 children and several pets!
In terms of pricing 2 beers, 1 starter, 2 mains a rice and nam is gonna set you back approx £35s which although is slightly more than the offerings of rusholme is extremely reasonable for the quality and portion size
Minor drawbacks if its busy waiters let you no in a not so subtle way to pay the bill and free up the table and on one occasion tried to remove plates when certain members of the party had not finished eating.
Overall the best curry I have had in manchester by a considerable margin
Akbars is an absolutely gorgeous indian/balti restaurant situated on Liverpool road in Manchester (near the Science and Industry museum and the Ox and Noble.) You first enter into what appears to be a quite trendy wine bar, where you can get a drink and sit down on one of the stylish sofas with a menu. And when your table is ready youre whisked off to a room in the back which is absolutely massive and packed full of people. It really is a tardis!
The first thing that struck me about Akbars was how busy it was, and this was on a regular Tuesday night! The queue was out of the door and we had to wait 45 minutes for a table (thank god there was a bar!) however because the atmosphere is so nice this was hardly a problem. The service is brilliant, there must have been over a hundered waiters on shift at once, although we were seated right near the waiters unit and as such I found the business a little disconcerning whilst eating my meal.
The food itself was delicious, if a little pricey. The naan bread arrives on what appears to be a giant hat stand and the food is served big dishes, with rice to share. Pretty much any balti/indian dish you can think of was on the menu, and if not on the menu could be requested. They will also easily substitute ingredients or add more if you ask. The waiters are really friendly, and judging by the amout of 'Happy birthdays' we heard and cakes being delivered Akbars is also suitable for events.
Overall, I would definatly recommend Akbars for a great indian meal in Manchester, although for 3 people we spent over £80 on starters, naan bread, dishes, rice and mostly unalcoholic drinks. There is a real trendy feel to the place and most importantly to food is devine.
Sizzling pan-cooked baltis from Baltistan,prepared on the premises by skilled and dedicated chefs.