My friend recommended Akbars having been to the Manchester branch and I was not disappointed! We walked in on a Wednesday night around 6pm without having booked and were seated straight away. The menu is really excellent here and has a lot of choice with the old favourites as well. I love paneer dishes and was pleased to see they had some on the menu including the Lamb Paneer dish I chose which was just delicous!
Portions are generous but the quality much better than your standard Indian restaurant. The lamb I had was tender and you got a lot of meat in the dish, not just a bowl of sauce. We had rice, chapatis and a naan, all of which were excellent. If you're going with a big group, definitely go for a family naan just to see it brought out - it's enormous!
I normally never have dessert at an Indian as I'm normally stuffed and also they don't have much to offer but for once I left room and had the Gulab Jamon - a favourite of mine - and they were really delicious! I'd highly recommend putting down that last bit of naan and saving some room for them.
Price wise I was really impressed by Akbars - not sure if it's just I'm used to London prices but for the quality of meal I had it was good value. You're looking at £2-4 for a starter, £8-11 for a main dish and about £2-4 for a dessert.
You do need to get there early as there were a fair few people in when we arrived at 6 mid week but by the time it was rammed and there was a queue out the door!
My only gripe? We were practically shoved out the door to make way for the next customers who were queuing at the door - our bill was slapped on the table whilst we were midway through dessert and hadn't even asked for it, and they were clearing up around my friend as she was sat at the table putting her coat on. It left a slightly mercenary taste to what had been a nice evening and a fantastic meal. Shame they couldn't give us another minute!
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