32 places for halal food in Manchester city centre

In search of halal food in Manchester city centre? Well you’re in luck! There are LOADS of places from fancy restaurants to fast food. Check out my mega list and map below!

Green pins on the map are places where all the food is halal and yellow is places where selected dishes are halal

Places where all the food is halal

Scene

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Spinningfields
Dining Style: Dress up
Website: https://www.scenedining.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/iWvHwqyJvic9FU7P8

Nazma’s Note: The street food is fab here, and they’re also the only place I know that does a samosa burger – you read that right a SAMOSA, plus a chicken pattie, and all the rest in a burger bun! They also do shisha here outside the restaurant, and you can order selected food items to have in the shisha area.

 

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Ribeye

Cuisine: Steak
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: First Street
Dining Style: Dress up / casual
Website: http://www.ribeyesteakhouse.com/
Google Maps Link: https://g.page/Ribeyemcr?share

Nazma’s Note: Manchester’s fancy new halal steak house. I had pretty high expectations for this place (although I must say I’m not a steak-geek). Overall, I thought it was nice, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s pretty expensive compared to my usual food places, so I was hoping it would be a good “special occasion” place, the overall experience didn’t quite feel that special for me. I’d probably go again, when I’m feeling a bit flash or someone else is treating me!

Indian Tiffin Room

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: First Street
Dining Style: Casual Website: http://www.indiantiffinroom.com/restaurants/manchester
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/zoDhDDbmePHTSyYf7

Nazma’s Note: My go-to for comfort food! My actual favourite dishes here are the vegetarian street food options – channa batura, the bindi fries and the puri masala, but we sometimes order the chilli chicken as a starter and there’s plenty of other meat dishes available too.

 

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Archie’s Manchester Arndale

Cuisine: Burgers
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Syle: Fast Food
Website: http://www.lovearchies.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/jfzWyp1vi6jCqZDV8

Nazma’s Note: I’m a regular at the other Archie’s Diner on Oxford Road, but have only been to this one for take-out. My top burger choices are 1) The Texas Tornado – because it has a hashbrown on top and I love a bit of potato on my burger 2) The Superstar burger – smashed beef pattie, although the last time I had this I realised they’ve made it a double which was way too much for me.

Smoke Shed

Cuisine: BBQ Street Food
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.facebook.com/smokeshedmanchester/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/hZ9TFnVAo2WEacMA9

Nazma’s Note: My favourite food place in the Arndale Market. There’s quite a few different choices, but I always end up ordering  the Vietnamese Crave – pulled chicken on curly fries with sriracha mayo and coriander.

House of KAI

Cuisine: Turkish
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Dress up
Website: https://houseofkai.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/xDEV77dhqV7wJGoMA

Nazma’s Note: House of KAI opened at the start of 2019 and I’ve been twice. Sadly on both occasions I’ve left feeling disappointed with the portion sizes, the prices and the service. The decor is super stylish and it’s a great place if you want instagram-worthy photos, but I’m unlikely to be returning in a hurry.

 

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Evelyn’s Cafe

Cuisine: Mixed
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Northern Quarter
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.evelynscafebar.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/CuCezfepF1SqL58t5

Nazma’s Note: Halal sunday roast – enough said!

 

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This n That Cafe

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Northern Quarter
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.thisandthatcafe.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/oLcH6H8jDhqXLBXeA

Nazma’s Note: FAVE FAVE FAVE! Although I’ve not been here in such a long time 🙁
Hidden down a really dodgy-looking street, this place is awesome. Rice and 3 curries, and let me tell you these curries taste like home-cooked asian food. And to an extent it’s served like that too – the vibe is super casual, think mismatched crockery and cutlery, you queue up like it’s a school dinner, pick your faves and take your seat. Even just writing this makes me want to go back!

Etci Mehmet

Cuisine: Steak / Turkish
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Oxford Road
Dining Style: Dress up / Casual
Website: http://www.etcimehmet.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/eN1GkKZVxcXsYw2q6

Nazma’s Note: I’d describe this place as a wannabe Salt Bae! Your food is served with drama and panache. All in all good fun 🙂 I’d recommend you book a table as it gets super busy in here. They also have a small shisha area outside the restaurant – which according to my shisha-smoking friends is the best in the city centre!

Nando’s Oxford Road

Cuisine: Chicken
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Oxford Road
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.nandos.co.uk/restaurants/manchester-oxford-road
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/r9D35WRPhepjPSZF8

Nazma’s Note: This is the only Nando’s in the city centre that’s halal!

New Yorker Diner

Cuisine: American
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Portland Street
Dining Style: Casual
Website: http://www.newyorkerdiner.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ZGnD6DuoALAWiqBU7

Nazma’s Note: I came here towards the end of last year. I don’t know if they were having a bad day or something but it was awful! Slow slow service, and when our food did finally arrive it was just not up to scratch.

Thankfully I was in good company that evening, otherwise I definitely would not have been smiling!

 

Wok to Walk

Cuisine: Noodles / Rice
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.woktowalk.com/locations/the-united-kingdom/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/q32L7untdU7or9AL6

Wrap it Up Deansgate

Cuisine: Wraps
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.wrapitup.co.uk/manchester-deansgate/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/XGBQkSUgXEa9GdrcA

Nazma’s Note: Great option for lunchtime, the wraps are pretty filling and if you’d prefer you can have your choice in a box rather than a wrap – I always do this cause I make such a mess eating a wrap!

Comptoir Libanais

Cuisine: Lebanese
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Spinningfields
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.comptoirlibanais.com/restaurants/manchester
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/skFnwog16WjogAyh8

Nazma’s Note: One of the few places where you can get halal break in the city centre this place is pretty big inside and good for groups. I always order the lamb kofta tagine and if I’m in the mood for something sweet, the lebanese spiced hot chocolate is yummy too.

Zouk

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Oxford Road
Dining Style: Dress up / Casual
Website: https://zoukteabar.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/yoNWT7UcXubsVQCJ9

Nazma’s Note: I’m really not a big fan of Zouk. I’ve always found the service there to be poor, like the staff couldn’t even care less that they have a customer waiting. The food can be really hit and miss too, I ordered a chicken steak once and it was so dry and badly presented. They also have a shisha area outside – if it wasn’t for my shisha-smoking friends, I probably wouldn’t choose to come here.

Chai Latte

Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Northern Quarter
Dining Style: Casual
Website: http://www.chailattecafe.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/TM1dQvJ3guHkXbuGA

Nazma’s Note: Fab for halal cooked breakfast.

 

Cafe Issano Arndale Market

Cuisine: Paninis, Wraps, Salads
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Fast Food
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/CrKsAtGooQx6QUZK8

Nazma’s Note: Top notch paninis, wraps and salads, all really good value for money and easy to take back to the office.

Eat 2 Treat

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Casual
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/rKe3bSnBfzxZWuJK8

Nazma’s Note: Another quick and easy option from the Arndale Market. We used to come here when we were in a super cheap mood. My cheap eat of choice was the chicken kebab wrap for £3.50.

Zorbas

Cuisine: Greek & Cypriot
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.facebook.com/zorbasmanchester/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/US1KxB6SKXeosjGS6

Nazma’s Note: I’ve not been recently, but I remember the lamb and lentil curry was rather good the last time I had it.

Bollywood Dhaba

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Casual
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/q8auszi4UetJCya78

Mowgli

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Corn Exchange
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://www.mowglistreetfood.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/cyxNV4EeW2W2VD556

Nazma’s Note: I always see pics of Mowgli on Instagram and that friends have visited here, but I really didn’t like it. Maybe it’s the menu choices, or the flavour combinations compared to the type of Indian food I like, but yeah, I’m not a fan.

Rump n Ribs

Cuisine: Steak
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Castlefield
Dining Style: Casual
Website: https://rumpnribs.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/kiovyjDG83hEEKtP6

Akbar’s

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Castlefield
Dining Style: Dress up / Casual
Website: https://www.akbars.co.uk/manchester-akbars
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ggDV6EPBzYKgji8x5

Nazma’s Note: There was a point in my life when this was my go-to for city centre dinner out! It’s affordable, the food comes quick, and it’s a nice lively atmosphere in there.

East Z East

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Dress up
Website: https://eastzeast.com/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/dsUcgYoMwEs8qFrW8

Nazma’s Note: Have been here a few times for family meals out. They offer valet parking which is super handy!

Wrap it Up Piccadilly

Cuisine: Wraps
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Piccadilly Gardens
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.wrapitup.co.uk/manchester-piccadilly-gardens/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Eb91cumbG4q6G1EN9

Asha’s

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Peter Street
Dining Style: Dress up
Website: https://ashasmanchester.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/SD22L34zV8bkPLDB7

Nazma’s Note: I haven’t been here yet! It’s on the list for a special occasion based on the prices I’ve seen.

Topkapi Palace

Cuisine: Turkish
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Dress up / Casual
Website: https://www.topkapipalace.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/zHvBMcreqL8bQh1j6

Lal Qila

Cuisine: Indian
Is alcohol served here? Not sure!
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Casual
Website: http://lalqilarestaurants.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/RFaUNUD2dU5LJdkXA

Cafe Istanbul

Cuisine: Turkish
Is alcohol served here? Yes
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Dress up / Casual
Website: https://www.cafeistanbul.co.uk/
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/jKDnPV2QMUB51H3j8

Subway Cross Street

Cuisine: Sandwiches
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Albert Square
Dining Style:
Fast Food Website: https://www.subway.com/en-GB
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/FyzKmsvEdojJAp7AA

KFC Deansgate

Cuisine: Fried Chicken
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Deansgate
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.kfc.co.uk/restaurants/manchester-deansgate
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/XwbuLRhh2GvU574B9

Nazma’s Note: The one time I went here the service was so slow! I felt like it would have been quicker to visit the KFC in the Arndale Food Court which has bigger queues but they’re much better at coping with the demand!

KFC Arndale Food Court

Cuisine: Fried Chicken
Is alcohol served here? No
Location: Manchester Arndale
Dining Style: Fast Food
Website: https://www.kfc.co.uk/restaurants/manchester-arndale-centre
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/fy1sNfbXZGx3To3z5

Nazma’s Note: Quick, easy, definitely a guilty pleasure! Check out the KFC app for specials / offers.


I’ll be updating this post over the next few weeks with info on all the yellow pins – places where selected dishes are halal, so watch this space!
I should also say that any info posted here is based on the research I’ve done and/or my experiences at these places – menus, prices, and locations change, this article and my map are meant as a guide and I hope you find it useful, but I’d recommend you check with each restaurant before visiting.

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