This summer sees the launch of a new restaurant in the city centre: Delhi House Cafe, a modern Indian restaurant that has already an established base in its native homeland.
Plans for the Corn Exchange restaurant have been three years in the making, and the Lamba family took hold of the site 15 months ago to develop the space.
The cafe-meets-restaurant is the first UK branch for Delhi House Cafe, which the family say hopes to redefine Indian cuisine in Manchester with new dishes of contemporary Indian cooking.
Key dishes include ‘not my burger’, an open burger of homemade beef kebabs served on a hand-made tandoori naan with salad and chips, and also the Mysore Pak cheesecake, which has its origin from Mysore in India.
The drinks menu will include a selection of options sourced from India to perfectly complement the cuisine, and syrups such as sandalwood will be made on-site as well.
The restaurant will open with stringent safety measures in place, including thorough cleaning procedures, sanitised menus and social distancing throughout.
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The family behind the brand, the Lambas, have worked tirelessly to appoint experts in Indian food, source interior dressing from the country (which was reupholstered in Manchester to perfectly marry the two cultures) – all of which was made especially challenging by the national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Opening a restaurant during and after a global pandemic is no mean feat and we’re proud of our team for working so diligently to ensure the site can open in time with an amazing menu and setting in place,” says Sherry Lamba.
“We have stayed strong and stand strong with the city.
“Our family’s Indian identity, roots and heritage is at the heart of our menu and every dish tells a story inspired by a different part of the country.
“We can’t wait to welcome guests to our restaurant and for them to be to sample our great, authentic food.”
The restaurant opens this summer and is taking reservations online now here.