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Shimla Sinks

Jennifer Choi on the hot closing news from the curry frontline as Shimla Pinks ascends to the great naan bread in the sky

Published on March 5th 2010.


Shimla Sinks

Shimla Pinks, the well-known curry restaurant in Crown Square has ceased trading. There have been rumours of lease problems subsequent to Shimla's parent company being placed in administration last month. Perhaps the competition of Akbars and EastzEast, just proved too much. A tired décor in an awkward location with a drab concrete façade probably didn't help either, when it billed itself as a modern Indian eatery. Confidential will miss its banquets, which were always a quality selection. Other branches (Birmingham, Leicester) appear to still be trading. Not that it's all bad news in the city, K2 has opened, a multi-million pound restaurant, bar and karaoke venue on George Street in Chinatown. We'll be revealing all next week.

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

PunmeisterMarch 5th 2010.

Shimla sinks. Very good. Made me smile

DescartesMarch 5th 2010.

It's a sad day when there are less places to get curry from, Manchester has truly lost something special, good job this'n'that is only around the corner.

AvoMarch 6th 2010.

I thought somnething was amiss when the move to Spinningfields which was touted for nigh on a year never materialised.

Dave SpannerMarch 8th 2010.

weren't they already in Spinningfields?

Tyson ThebeerhoundMarch 8th 2010.

I went on the opening week, but am struggling to remember what was there before they moved in. Anyone else remember?

AnonymousMarch 8th 2010.

Isola Bella, Italian - for a change

Christine GerezdiMarch 9th 2010.

Shimla Pinks was originally the 'sixth inn' in the late 60's and 70's, had my wedding reception there, bloody hell its 40 years this year and I'm not that old.
then Isola Bella, but it was something else in between.

Tyson ThebeerhoundMarch 9th 2010.

Yes I remember the Bella, but what was it after the "Sixth Inn" in the 80s'? It's driving us mad trying to think of it.

Brian StevensonMarch 9th 2010.

I think it was the Fifth Inn.....

NHMarch 9th 2010.

Not been in for many years since a large party of us went for a Birthday. We paid in cash, a waiter took the money (£200+) then the manager accused us of not paying. We left details if the till did not balance but they never got in touch.

All left a rather nasty taste. <insert own joke here>

NortherngeezerMarch 9th 2010.

It started to look tired and jaded a long time ago, a refurb or a move was definatly neccasary, unfortunatly neither took place, the food was very yummy though, twill be sorely missed.

AnonymousMarch 9th 2010.

I was just saying to the wife the other day "we must go for a curry at Shimla Pinks" Ah Well! save me a few quid..

Kathryn17095March 9th 2010.

not surprised...took my staff there last year had two for one vouchers and were treated like peasants by the staff.

GeordieMarch 10th 2010.

What nonsense !ackbar and east is east are and were inferior to Shimla Pinks the difference was Shimla's was a proper Indian Restaurant with authentic Indian food not a pretend Indian curry house like the many others in the city.Yes the decor was tired shame the move to Spinningfields didn't happen it's a sad day for Indian Food lovers I feel sorry for the Shimla's great staff !

Brian StevensonMarch 10th 2010.

I don't think this is the last restaurant we'll see closing either (thinking also of Ithaca and that place in Chorlton whose name escapes me, it was very short-lived). The people running these establishments just haven't got the message yet - people don't want to pay ripoff prices, even when the food is good. Mains at £15-20 just aren't on, especially when you still have to pay extra for side dishes to make up a decent quantity of food.

UPeNDeR14343March 12th 2010.

great Shimla Pinks has shutdown, I was sick of these 'Indain' eateries treating me like a valued customer, power to the EAST IS EAST crowd and the likes of Akbhars, I know I will be served a fair dish of crap service and condecending smirks . . . cannot wait . . . RIP Shimla Pinks - the 1st benchmark in cool indian food!!!

Tyson ThebeerhoundMarch 19th 2010.

To follow up myself-it was Stanneylands 5th Inn way back in the day. As for Shimla, I think it had had its day. The simple truth is that there is better out there and the market is more competitive than ever.

AnonymousMay 6th 2010.

A big fan of Shimlas, as a resident of Spinningfields I waited for the new opening restaurant - even spoke to the staff about it. The new space has been for sale for many months now. Anyway, New Figaro hairstylists (next door)have accepted the offer for their lease and I noted today that construction befins - a new hotel is in the offing.

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