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NEW: Spinningfields First Indian Restaurant

Scene 'Indian street kitchen and bar' is set to open in Leftbank's former Strada unit in early-2015

Written by . Published on December 4th 2014.

NEW: Spinningfields First Indian Restaurant

SPINNINGFIELDS is set to welcome its first Indian restaurant, as the Left Bank end of Manchester's financial district begins to bubble back to life.

Scene is the latest in a string of announcements and upcoming announcements that promise to slap some life back into Left Bank.

When Spinningfields first delivered a limp and dreary set of chain operators (Cafe Rouge, Strada, Zizzi) running along the Irwell, Manchester turned its back on them. Only a few remain. Just.

Come 2010, The Alchemist opens on Hardman Square and the rest of Spinningfields kicks in: Southern Eleven, Australasia, The Oast House, the list goes on...

Now you can't swing a Mulberry Bayswater handbag for new bar and restaurant openings.

Empty Left BankEmpty Left Bank - but not for long...

Should you currently choose to dine out in Spinningfields, by our reckoning, you have the pick of more than twenty restaurants serving up: British, Modern European, American, Italian, Pan-Asian, Brazilian, Portugese, Thai and Spanish (nearly, Iberica opens soon enough).

Now you can add one more to the list (it was only going to be a matter of time) - Indian.

Scene, an 'Indian Street Kitchen' will become Spinningfields first Indian restaurant when it opens in the former Strada unit at Left Bank in early-2015.

The new venture from Asif Ali and family will place an emphasis on Indian street food with dishes 'inspired by Asif's extensive travels and numerous visits to street vendors in India, Pakistan and Southern Asia.'

Strada, Left BankScene will occupy the former-Strada unit in Left Bank

The restaurant will have space for 150 covers as well as a private dining area for 50, it's likely Scene will also utilize the outdoor terrace overlooking the River Irwell out back.

Asif Ali told Confidential: “We want to create a truly engaging experience that uses all five of the senses, where customers can see the freshness of the ingredients and the vibrant colours of the spices through our open plan kitchen, smell the different aromatic spices used during the cooking process, and watch their food being prepared.”

The Strada unit backing out onto the IrwellThe former-Strada unit backing out onto the Irwell

Scene is the latest in a string of announcements and upcoming announcements that promise to slap some life back into Left Bank.

Three weeks ago Confidential revealed that MediaCityUK's popular Dockyard bar is set to open a second operation in the empty former Cafe Rouge unit (opposite Strada).

'Spinningfields Kitchens' - a new initiative launching soon to help launch start-up food and drink businesses - will fill a number of Left Bank's empty units with six to seven small-time vendors and give them a crack at the burgeoning Spinningfields market.

The Cotton Building is currently under construction in Left BankThe Cotton Building is currently under construction in Left Bank

While across from RBS workers are currently the process of knocking up the ten-storey Cotton Building which promises 30,000 sq ft of space designed for public amenity including leisure facilities, a bike park and a climbing wall (about time).

On top of the aforementioned, Salford's New Bailey development just across the River Irwell and a stone's throw from Scene is beginning to take shape with a brand new 143-bed Premier Inn, a 615-space multi-storey car park and the £50m, eight-storey One New Bailey office building.

The savvy Scene team have got in while the goings about to get good. Very good.

Scene Indian Street Kitchen and Bar will open in early-2015 at 4a Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3AN.

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

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

The 'Slug' and then a curry? I'd say that was a perfect night after working a late shift at the RBS call centre of gloom & despair!

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AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

Don't knock it till you've tried it!! Better than yet another f**kin Italian YAFI

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

Yes but it's YAFHR.

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

What about the smell for the residents living above!! Hope the landlord/tenant have some consideration on that score....

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AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

Did the residents somehow miss the row of bars and restaurants on the ground floor of the building when they decided to live there?

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

Aaahhh...the joys of city centre living.

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

An array of restaurants and bars on your doorstep. Love it.

AnonymousDecember 6th 2014.

Strange responses. You've the same right anyone living anywhere else has to expect to live free of any nuisance deemed unreasonable.

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AnonymousDecember 6th 2014.

The only thing that is unreasonable is choosing to live above a restaurant unit, then complaining about the normal smells coming from said restaurant unit.

AnonymousDecember 7th 2014.

That's unreasonable but also not what I'm talking about.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

Anon 2, that's bollocks. Premises aren't just allowed to make a nuisance...

AnonymousDecember 7th 2014.

Sounds to me like someone is jealous because perhaps they don't live in the wonderful Spinningfields apartments themselves? (I refer to Anonymous who wrote Did the residents somehow miss the row of bars and restaurants on the ground floor of the building when they decided to live there?'). I just hope the new trade doesn't bring in a load of chavs in the evenings!

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AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

Not jealous in the slightest. You, however, appear to be a raging snob.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

The delicious irony of the snobs living in the "fine apartments" of Spinningfields looking down on the poor people below.... while they have a filthy rat infested curry house on the ground floor! Hope they call it "Karma"

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

...and are being stared at by drones from the RBS call centre opposite.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

Anon 2... what a pointless post.

AnonymousDecember 7th 2014.


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AnonymousDecember 7th 2014.

And this means...what, precisely?

JoanDecember 8th 2014.

I don't really anticipate an odour problem in this location. There's simply no need for residents to have to tolerate strong cooking smells. Restaurants can install modern extraction systems to prevent odours reaching neighbouring properties. The local council encourages this, backed by planning and licensing legislation if necessary.

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