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Currying favour

The £100 winning curry rant is….

Published on October 2nd 2007.


Currying favour

A ton of curry
A couple of weeks ago we offered a £100 for an Indian restaurant meal in exchange for a damn fine rant. There were hundreds of entries so thanks very much. It’s your words that count - what we think is neither here nor there. Indeed the range of different establishments included many we’d never heard of. The biggest congratulations perhaps goes to the towns north and east of Manchester which earned scores of recommendations. Going for a curry is obviously a bigger part of life here than in the wealthy playgrounds south of the city.

The winning entry from Ger (yes we’ll track you down) won because of its passion and enthusiasm. We were also impressed by the staff of the recommended restaurant inviting Ger to watch a curry being prepared. The entry has been edited here due to space considerations but you can check it out in full glory at £100 for a rant.

Winning entry
Ger says:
‘As a curry fanatic I feel I am truly blessed to live close to and work in Manchester. I've eaten at most curry houses within the city and agree with previous posts that the food at EastzEast and Akbars is wonderfully sublime. Also in the city centre Lets Eat on Butter Street (back of Kendals) has to be mentioned for its rice and three - as does This and That and the other curry cafes in the Northern Quarter. However my favourite curry house is actually a pub called The Bull in Old Glossop on the A57 to Sheffield. The food is great (especially the tarka dal) and Mahmood the head waiter simply can't do enough to help you. One evening while enjoying a few pints and a game of pool with a couple of mates, I struck up conversation with the chef who was taking a break in the pool room. We talked about Indian food for a bit and when my mates and I went into the restaurant part he gave us some free samples of different starters and even invited me into the kitchen to watch the curries being cooked. So, real ale, pool, great food, great service and a cooking demonstration in a beautiful old stone pub on the edge of the Peak District. That takes a lot to beat.’

Funniest entry
No prizes for this but thanks to Bill Donnelly for this amusing post and the pain and effort he put into researching the various curries of Greater Manchester. ‘Balti in Farnworth on the main street, garishly lit in neon, is best for miles: it's won Bolton restaurant of the year loads and was featured in Phoenix Nights; off the beaten track but a major gastronomic experience. On a slightly different note, why does curry type grub affect men's digestive systems in an entirely different way from girlies? A really good nosebag can keep me visiting the Khazi on a regular basis for days with an arse like the opening credits of Bonanza but exactly the same grub seems to have no effect on my wife's gorgeous derriere. There's a Ph.D in this for somebody, probably a government grant too.’

www.bulls-head.co.uk

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

superdog500October 2nd 2007.

There otter be lot more by the end of the day.

Old GlossopianOctober 2nd 2007.

I agree, the Bull's head is one of the finest, friendliest curry houses I've ever been too. However... it's not in Manchester. It's not even in the same county, it's in Derbyshire!

JimOctober 2nd 2007.

Some curries are otter than others and some get stuck in the stoat

BenjiOctober 2nd 2007.

Hey Ger I've had the Tarka Dahl itsm like the vidaloo just a little 'otter. I am so sorry.

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 2nd 2007.

Benji, brilliant, that's the first otter joke we've ever had on Confidential.

Old Glossop's WarlockOctober 2nd 2007.

Good write up on a fine pub, and Curry House.Old Glossop is about a mile off the A57 to Sheffield tho'.

LouOctober 2nd 2007.

Mine too! Wasn't it supposed to be a comment, not an essay?

JoOctober 2nd 2007.

Congratulations Ger. I’d normally avoid curry at a pub, but after that write up I might give it a whirl next time I visit Glossop. Not must chance of it replacing Akbar’s as my number one choice though, but then I do live next door. Enjoy your splurge.

Kate GOctober 2nd 2007.

I think mine was better.

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 2nd 2007.

Old Glossopian we have a big view of the city. We think Greater Manchester and its hinterlands, not just the admin area of the city. If we did we couldn't even review places like the Lowry in Salford.

JimOctober 2nd 2007.

Otters, weasels and stoats, indeed pine martens, are all part of the Mustelidae family of mammals. They seldom appear in curries apart from at times of extreme hardship such as Tuesdays.

AdeleOctober 2nd 2007.

Not sure who's been but i can gladly say that the Bilash Balti in Swinton, Manchester is a fantastic curry house also does takeaway, prices are fantastic, staff are friendly, service is excellent an you get loads!!!

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