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“Amazing food and ambience but with a VERY long wait”

Mughli Charcoal Pit
Ranked #135 of 2,329 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $27
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Mughli Restaurant + Charcoal Pit is a family-run restaurant serving home-style Mughlai cuisine since 1991. Recently voted as 'One of Manchester's Best Restaurants' by the Telegraph, the restaurant was also featured on Nigel Slater's show on the BBC and has had visits from sports personalities as well as the Prime Minister himself. The restaurant features a 'Refreshment Room' waiting area and a fully licensed cocktail bar, with the main restaurant set around an open charcoal pit and tandoori clay oven.
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We visited this restaurant as a family of 8 on an impulse on Friday night. We had 3 young children in the party.

Walking into this restaurant you can tell from the decor that the place will be different to the other fare on the curry mile. Viewing the menu you can see the traditional menu (some based on famous Lahore dishes were we originate from) and notice that the range variety and dishes is extensive and original. We selected several dishes and decided to have everything delivered together, we ordered drinks and then we waited. The first 15mins was fine, the next 15 was harder... After 45minutes of waiting we beckoned over the waiter who said he would check. He didn't .. He walked elsewhere. After our third attempt and 50minutes we asked a new waiter how actually asked and told us it would be 5 more minutes. So 50-55mins later our food had arrived. Which may have been acceptable had we not had hungry children in our group.

Anyway that aside once the food came our expectations were more than fulfilled.. Fresh, well spiced and beautifully presented. We loved the food! Kids loved the Gunpowder Fries and everybody loved the curries ... You won't find food like this on the curry mile. We stayed and had desserts (apple filled samosa v.nice).. Paid and left.

So if you want great food, atmosphere but are prepared to wait (and wait)... This is your place.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I recently visited this restaurant with my parents for my mums birthday. We had booked a table as it can get very busy.
Shown to the table straight away and we had drinks and poppadoms on the table within 5 mins. They where a bit slow clearing away the plates and chutney tray but it gave us time to digest our poppadoms before the main. Main was very nice as always and i took the rest home, as there was too much for me to eat.
Over all great dining experience

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1  Thank lindsay s
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Bank Holiday Monday but the request for a 'quietish' table was accommodated. Excellent selection of food. Of course we ordered far too much and it was all tasty. Also good drinks menu, including cocktails - watermelon daiquiri went down rather well.
Will return

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1  Thank Connie C
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

After visiting many Indian restaurants in Rusholme and Manchester, we are very particular about the kind of food that we like and like to think of ourselves as curry connoisseurs. We have been visiting Mughli for the past year and we really think it is head and shoulders above the rest. Have sampled lots of different dishes across the menu and am always thoroughly impressed. The Bombay basket, lamb chops and nihari roll are our favourite starters and for main you can't go wrong with the lamb nihari, butter chicken or any of the biryianis which are all delicious. The staff are always very attentive although service can be a little slow on a Saturday night when it is really busy. We normally book as it is always busy even in the week so would recommend giving them a call or booking online before you go. The decor is modern and stylish, unlike anywhere else on the curry mile. The atmosphere is always buzzing but can be a bit noisy on the weekends although this does't bother us. Definitely give it a go and you won't be disappointed, the food here can't be beaten!

1  Thank Lucy_JPA
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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I have tried them all and this place is the best! I agree with wait times but this place is popular and should be expected. The King Prawn Sizzler or the mixed grill sizzler are our favourites!

1  Thank Flatley24
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