Lal Qila is one of those standby Indian restaurants down Wilmslow Road that Manchester’s legions of South Asian food fanatics head to when their sifting through the myriad options that Rusholme’s famous Curry Mile has to offer. A certifiable classic – there’s another outpost up on Deansgate – Lal Qila’s a la carte menu and set menus are a delight. The menu at La Qila’s Rusholme branch is expansive, with many chicken, meat and vegetarian options, plus special sizzlers, the chef’s recommendations and a unique desni apna-style selection of deeply authentic options. With great set menu deals, the ability to cater to large groups, Lal Qila needs to be in your little red book of the best Indian restaurants in Manchester.
Since the sad demise of the Punjab, Lal Qila is my new go-to curry house in Rusholme. Good vegetarian selection, friendly and courteous staff, tasty spicing. The paneer selection is great (this visit we had the house special - paneer with peppers and tomatoes, very tasty), and the daal is, for this stalwart, really very good. My only gripe are the naans, which are a bit uninspired.
Food was excellent, but service was a bit hit and miss. We were given plenty of time to make selections and to enjoy the meal without hassle, but the service itself was sometimes a little chaotic, and I didn't think it was good 'form' to take all the cash, which included a good tip, without returning us the change first! That said, the quality of the food means it's worth a return.
Meal was lovely, however the waiting staff were too keen to rush us to eat and leave. They would also dissappear when I needed to order drinks.