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The Rice Bowl

33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl) (Manchester City Centre)
0161 832 9033
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Ranked #15 of 1,616 restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manchester City Centre
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Me and a friend went here and enjoyed the very reasonably priced lunch. 2 courses for aprox £7. This also came with complementary prawn crackers and dips and some orange and melon at the end of the meal. It has been more than a few years since I last ate here and I am really pleased to see that the... More

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Glasgow
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100 reviews 100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

we ate here on a visit to manchester and loved it, the service and the food were amazing, we had a sizzling mixed sharing platter to start and loved it, every dish was cooked to perfection, we did wait a little while for our mains but as the restaurant was busy and everything is cooked fresh we could understand why.... More

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Altrincham
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

For years a Chinese meal meant a George street restaurant, but after a few very average lunches and consulting Tripadvisor we headed to the Rice Bowl, which is situated away from the main Chinese quarter. I wish we had found it earlier. I don't know how they do such a superb meal for the price. We started with complimentary prawn... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Went here for a birthday lunch after reading the reviews. We were seated straight away and served with drinks. The tables were very close together and we felt unable to have any sort of private conversation. As already stated elsewhere we were served by a variety of staff - and subsequently one starter was forgotten and we had to ask... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Have walked passed this restaurant a number of times, and glad we didn't last week. The food was absolutely delicious. I've had quite a few Chinese meals in various towns and cities around the country but this has been the best one I've had for a long time. Good choice of dishes on menu. Very clean. Some of the staff... More

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South Northants
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I and two friends were in Manchester for the week end and after our visit to Old Trafford we decided to visit this restaurant having read the excellent reviews in these columns. We had booked for 8 pm and we arrived at 7.55 only to find a queue on the stairs leading to the basement restaurant. Some said that they... More

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Manchester
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Decided to eat here having read reviews on the site. My pal and I were not disappointed. We took advantage of a special set menu for Mother's Day and added crispy duck and some vegetables to our selection. Add two drinks and the bill still came to just over £50. Oh...and you get complimentary prawn crackers and fresh fruit to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Just had a superb and very good value meal. Went to dine after an afternoon of shopping and chose meals from an early diner menu. By far the best chinese meal I have had in a long time. Fast and pleasant service. Good wine selection. Would highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I came here a few weeks ago on a week night with my girlfriend after reading a few reviews and was not disappointed. We shared a large starter platter, which has two of each spring roll and pastry starter, as well as ribs and prawn toast. These were all excellent and the best starters we've had at a Chinese before.... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Came here after 11PM midweek when the rest of the city wasn't serving food. It was empty but service and food was superb. Highly recommend.

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