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“Delivers every time”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Amba - CLOSED

Amba
Cuisines: British, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Delivers every time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

This place is local to us and we must have been at least a half dozen times. The food has never, ever been a let down but also rarely blows your mind either. Let's get the small negatives out of the way: veal burger overcooked and the mozzarella stuffing had leaked out or been forgotten, falafels were dull (to be expected, frankly), meringue in a summer fruit pudding mess a bit crunchy/powdery (i.e. bought in, we suspect). Everything else was a hit - e.g. BBQ mixed grill, very nice; posh fish (haddock in tempura batter) and chips was good; duck salad with breadcrumbed duck egg delicious.
We have never had anything but good food here. Certainly never poor, but equally never excellent. Special mention though to Hannah, our server for the evening. 5/5 for her attentiveness and charm - I was unintentionally a little awkward with questions about just how sweet the BBQ sauce was on my pulled pork, cancelling my starter after just ordering it etc. She could not have been more accommodating. Just a tiny thing - especially if she is considering a career front of house - when pouring wine lifted from a bucket be a little more careful that no water runs off the bottle onto the table, or like this evening, onto a guest's plate.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch - spot on”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Roast beef and all the trimmings. Very, very good.
A shame that the pricing feels a bit slippery. Advertised as £14.95 for 2 courses it's only when we got the bill that we discovered a £4 surcharge for the beef. There was no other choice for a roast dinner so why not just price it as £18.95 for a roast?

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Definitely the best place to eat.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

My wife and I first started eating at Amba back in September 2013.

My wife can be very picky and had to take some persuading to try something off the menu.

From that first visit I would say we have been back around ten times and never once had a bad meal nor bad service. The staff are amazing and I would say to anybody that owns a restaurant to visit Amba in order to work to this standard.

We eat out a lot and now my wife walks out of the most popular restaurants saying the words 'we should of just gone to Amba'

See you soon Amba

Gordon Lamb

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Gordon L
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A fallen star”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

Service and ambiance perfect as always but the food was symptomatic of either a poor chef or cheaper ingredients. Steak was chewy and every item was more reminiscent of Fawlty Towers than a perfect meal as every time before. Such a shame as the place is perfect but smacks of cost cutting or problems in the kitchen. Will not be back.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Druid B
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altrincham, cheshire
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Delicious Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

I can highly recommend this restaurant. They have a modest price Set Menu in addition to a wide a la Carte choice. The food is well presented, imaginative and very tasty. The front of house staff are excellent. Give it a try.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank soapyarnold
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