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[Manchester, city centre] Yagdar Cafe

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[Manchester, city centre] Yagdar Cafe

Harters | May 1, 2014 06:48 AM

One of several “curry cafes” in the Northern Quarter. They originally opened to act as a sort of canteen for the Asian workers in the small garment factories in the area. They’ve now moved but the cafes remain serving a mainly Anglo clientele excellent value lunchtime curries. Think of them as Asian greasy spoons.

Although they now have slightly wider menus, the classic order is for “rice and three” – a generous helping of rice and a choice of three curries from their selection that day (of around a dozen). At the Yagdar, it costs £4.50. No need to buy a drink – jugs of water are already on the tables.

We both went with a veggie selection – chickpeas, a very zingy lentil dish and a third of cauliflower & potato. Yes, the spicing can be a bit mono-dimensional, leaving your selection all tasting a bit samey, except for the amount of chilli used. But this is tasty, bargain food so don’t expect too much – it’s the Asian equivalent of a Hollands steak pudding and chips that you might get in other greasy spoons

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