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The Rice Bowl

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33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
0161 832 9033
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 523
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  • 209
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Visited 1 July 2015, specifically as a result of fellow TA reviews (thank you). Two of us had the set lunch menu which was very generous in portion size considering the price. Also able to add in some extras as my daughter wanted Satay chicken to start. A generous basket of prawn crackers came free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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England
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Was expecting great things here, but it didn't wow me. The crispy duck somehow lacked taste, possibly being under seasoned and the lamb used in the main dish had a strange texture which suggested it was bulk purchased rather than taken from a fresh cut. Portions were large, but I'd rather have smaller portions and higher quality. Won't be rushing... More 

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England
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Visited 1 July 2015, specifically as a result of fellow TA reviews (thank you). Two of us had the set lunch menu which was very generous in portion size considering the price. Also able to add in some extras as my daughter wanted Satay chicken to start. A generous basket of prawn crackers came free with two dipping sauces, the... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is such a great chinese restaurant. Its worth booking as it gets busy quite early, certainly from 5.30. The food is excellent. Very varied, something for everyone. The atmosphere is really good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Ambience great, friendly happy to help staff with food as good as the best served up in China Town. Good value food and lots of it. Prepare to take home a doggy bag. Will visit again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I visited here last night after wanting to visit the place for a while. We walked in and wasn't welcomed nicely, just a nod and a walk to our seats, then placing the menus in front of us and walked away. We chose our drinks and a different waitress took our orders, neither of these servers had a smile or... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We went Saturday night, 7.30pm, busiest time - but could not have been looked after better. The table we were seated at was a little cramped, but they made a little more room for us - still a little more space would have been nice. Service wise - we were constantly looked after, staff anticipated water refills etc and there... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Ordered 2 drinks while we looked through the menu, they took the order for food, then the prawn crackers arrived, soon after the starters arrived, we asked could we have our drinks, then the food arrived no drinks so we asked again and were shouted at by a member of staff. Then the drinks arrived. The food was very disappointing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were shown to our table quickly and the staff were very friendly. However they forgot our order and we waited nearly 50 minutes for two standard main courses. They did comp our drinks, but still, the food was average when it did eventually arrive.

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We have been here a couple of times since relocating to Manchester. Both times we have received exceptional service. The restaurant has a good ambience and the staff are very friendly. The dim sum menu is good with a large selection and everything we have tried is very tasty. We especially like the sizzling plates which are delicious. Definitely our... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Extensive menu with great range of the usual Chinese dishes with some great Thai and other styles thrown in for good measure. The set menu for both lunch and dinner is great value! The service was to an extremely high standard. Each waiter was very friendly and attentive to when we were wanting something or had finished with a course... More 

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Additional Information about The Rice Bowl

Address: 33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
Phone Number: 0161 832 9033
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisine: Chinese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 0161 832 9033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?