Hold onto your hats because we are super excited to announce we have JUST launched our brand new brunch menu at our Manchester restaurant, offering Nashata, a traditional Indian breakfast available every weekend from 9am to 1pm. Foodie fans can expect authentic recipes cooked up with a modern twist by the brand’s co-founders Tayub & Mudassar Amjad which will include delicious breakfast smoothies, sweet dishes, Desi classics, savoury plates, sandwiches and sides as well as cold drinks and juices.
Savoury Plates £6.95-£9.95 – If you’re hungry
If you’re filling up for a long day you’ll need Zouk’s epic Savoury Plates with hot delicious dishes. A Maharajas Breakfast is the Indian equivalent to the full English with scrambled or fried eggs served with seekh kebab, turkey rasher, spicy tomatoes, mushrooms, spicy baked beans and kulcha. Paneer Bhurj is a warm and heartening dish. Bhurji literally means scrambled and this tasty breakfast treat is prepared in a way that the flavours of onions, peppers, tomatoes and spices mix perfectly with the paneer cheese. The Masala Omelette adds a spicy kick to the traditional brunch dish with onions fresh green chilli, ginger, coriander and spices to start your morning off with a bang. Spiced Eggy Bread is served up as two slices of fresh bread dipped in spicy eggs and pan-fried with tangy spicy tomatoes.
For vegetarians and vegans, fresh Spiced Mushrooms on are cooked with tasty tomatoes and fragrant spices and served on toasted bread. For a sizzling start to your day Spiced Keema & Anda Bhurji is the perfect option with Pan-fried spiced keema topped with scrambled eggs finished off with toast and spicy tomatoes. For a classic hearty dish, try the Instagram friendly Bombay Baked Eggs. These moreish baked eggs are prepared with a delicious blend of tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, chilli and spices and then baked in the oven. Don’t worry if you are looking to avoid hot food, the Virgin Eggs and Smoked Salmon are served simply and spice free.
Sandwiches £7.95 – If you like to pimp up the classics
Brunch wouldn’t be brunch without a eggs Benedict and Zouk’s is served with an Indian twist. The Bollywood Benedict is served on a freshly toasted muffin and layered up with sautéed spinach, turkey rashers and a perfectly poached egg topped off with a mash up of Hollandaise and tikka sauce. Forget your boring breakfast bap in favour of Zouk’s Mumbai Breakfast Bun of a delicious fried egg sandwich with chorizo and sautéed spicy potatoes served in a brioche bun. Fans of side dishes £2.95-£3.50 will be pleased to find Indian Kulcha Bread, Toast, Spiced Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Baked Beans and Avocado gracing the Zouk’s new menu.
Desi Classics £8.95-£9.95 – If you’re a traditionalist
Taking inspiration from the most commonly eaten breakfast in India, Channa Puri is Zouk’s very own version of channa puri which is chickpeas cooked in a spicy tomato masala and served with Indian fried bread. Zouk will also offer Paya, A traditional dish of sheep trotters
cooked slowly until the meat is tender with a rich & spicy broth plus slow cooked Lamb Nihari, a traditional specialty from Lahore in a thick & spicy sauce.
Sweet Dishes £4.95- £5.95 – A tempting treat
Zouk’s tempting Sweet Dishes will include the freshly baked super moreish Sweet Peshwari Naan with fruit chaat, sweet honey and natural yoghurt. Semolina Halwa is creamy and cooked with flaked almonds, pistachios and raisins, infused with saffron. Or look to a lighter option with Yoghurt and Granola with juicy mango and mango puree.
Breakfast Smoothies & Drinks – For a refreshing start
Zouk’s Breakfast Smoothies will be prepared using seasonal fruits and will include Blueberry, Smoothie with banana, cinnamon & oats and a Mango Smoothie with banana & oats. Finish off with hot drinks including Desi and Chocolate Chai. Refreshing cold drinks and juices will include Mango Lassi, Virgin Mary, Bloody Mary & Mimosa.
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We were so excited to provide the catering at Bingley Music Festival this summer which included some of our favourite bands and hottest artists! As per traditional British Summertime, it was wellies and raincoat one minute, and suncream and shades the next – what can you expect! Foodie fans will have visited our award winning stand for the best curry or enjoyed Paella, burgers, fish and chips plus even traditional pies at the festival! Check out our gallery with the best shots from the day!
Is it time for Christmas 2017 already? Not quite, BUT it will be here before you know it and you’ll be wearing a sparkly outfit singing Christmas carols in no time! So We know that this time of year can strike fear into the calmest of people…how do you fit in all the parties without having a nervous breakdown? What about what to wear? Christmas jumper, maybe? What do you buy the man/woman who has everything? Slippers, non? How do you cook a Christmas dinner for a whole family and not burn a single thing? Well, don’t worry, start planning early and we’ll have you acing Christmas this year. You might even get chance to watch a spot of Strictly and X Factor in the madness? Let’s take a look at our Christmas hot list! Oh and if it all gets too much, come and get a sugar hit from us with these tasty festive desserts – yummy!
Lanterns at Chester Zoo 24th November 2017 to 30 December 2017
The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure. There will be incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic. Father Christmas and his helpers will be there too. You can even post your own letters to Father Christmas. Chester Zoo will bring fantastic moments of wonder for all ages. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is always hugely popular so book your place well in advance to ensure that you don’t miss out. Book here.
Save the Children Christmas jumper day 15th December
It’s the most magical day of the year and a great day to celebrate your office Christmas party! Everyone who joins in on Christmas jumper day and gives £2 will be making the world officially better with a sweater. Extra points for extra sparkle, slogans and reindeer jumpers! Find out more about Save the Children.
It is a great day to hold your work Christmas party so come and celebrate at Zouk afterwards with a cocktail or two on the outdoor terrace in Manchester. You’ll need a drink to take the edge off the outfit! Find out more about our Christmas Banquets.
The Manchester Festive Happening: A Gospel Christmas 10th Dec 2017.
We all love Christmas carols and there’s nothing more heartwarming than a good sing along to get you in the festive spirit. This December in a restored Wesleyan Chapel, the AMC Gospel Choir and Manchester Camerata all combine to give you a Gospel Festive Happening this year. Escape the cold weather (brrr) and enter the warm atmosphere inside. Don’t forget to sing along! Get tickets here.
Manchester Christmas Markets 10 Nov 2017 – 20 Dec 2017
Get ready to shop, shop, shop! Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets returns this winter offering Yuletide gifts so you will definitely be able to buy all of your Christmas presents here! They have 300 beautifully stalls and chalets spread across the city centre plus they are totally free! After you’ve got your shopping fix, pop to Zouk for a Christmas Lunchtime Tiffin or a evening curry and strong cocktail if it has been a long day of shopping and you need to unwind! Find out about Manchester’s Christmas Markets.
Ideal Home Show Christmas 9 Nov 2017 – 12 Nov 2017
Ooh Christmas and interiors – a match made in festive heaven! The Ideal Home Show at Christmas returns to EventCity Manchester on the 9th – 12th November. You’ll see live demonstrations on the shows spectacular Christmas Theatre, expert advice and talks from celebrity guests! You’ll be able to pimp-up your Christmas tree after this! Find out more.
Cinderella (Cendrillon) 6 Dec-16th December 2017
Oh Cinders! A classic fairytale just perfect for the festive season, but in Operatic form! Based on Charles Perrault’s fairytale, Cinderella has a stepmother and two stepsisters and the Fairy Godmother who HELP her to go to the palace ball. However, after midnight, the opera takes a different turn from the original tale! Book tickets.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Nik Speller is a man of great taste, from his lifestyle writing for Buckets & Spades to his inspirational social media where he shares his love for cool, modern architecture on Instagram! He dropped by Zouk so we had a few foodie questions for him on Manchester hot-spots, favourite curries and how to take pictures for social media.
ZOUK: Tell us about your life as a lifestyle writer and marketing guru?
I wouldn’t call myself a guru of either, really. As a lifestyle writer, I’m fairly casual and leave most of the work up to the blog’s editor, Mat. I probably post on their once a fortnight at the minute – although, I’d like to find the time to do more. It’s still fun, though; regardless of my limited involvement. Mat and I are always chatting about the content we’d like to produce, ideas we’ve had, sources of inspiration we’ve seen, potential brand partnerships, projects, and the rest. There’s also a good number of invites to parties, drinks, previews, and the like flying around, so there’s always some solid socialising to be had!
When it comes to marketing, I’ve been quite heavily involved in the influencer world for the past four years (it’s what I do for my day job). It’s a great industry, full of interesting people, and complex challenges. As anyone who knows me will know, one thing I love doing is discussing those challenges online; throwing out a thought, opinion, or idea and seeing if who is up for chatting it through.
ZOUK: We see a lot of architecture on your Instagram, have you ever taken snaps of your plate?
I used to do loads of food blogging, back in the day (and, by that, I mean 4-5 years ago), writing for myself and Foodepedia; so, my Instagram was almost 100% plates of food. To be honest, I fell out of love with the industry a bit, as the pictures seemed to be valued way more than the opinions and the writing. People only wanted to ever see food at it’s best and hear that every restaurant in the world was amazing. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I prefer to hear what people really think – what they liked, what loved, and what they hated. In the short-term, I know the food industry doesn’t like that (who would?); but, in the long-term, being genuine with your opinions as a food writer helps the industry improve.
ZOUK: What advice would you give to people looking to take the perfect social media photo?
It’s all about lighting, especially if you’re relying on a phone’s camera. The iPhone, for instance, works brilliantly in bright light. Some of my favourite pictures are taken on an iPhone and the colours, lines, and angles are all captured perfectly. Not that I’m an expert in the slightest, but one thing Mat (the editor of Buckets and Spades) has taught me is that composition is massively important. If something is just creeping into the shot, if certain elements aren’t lined up, if the wrong bits are cut off, all of that can completely ruin what could have been a good photo. Finally, I’d say that people need to consider being different. Social media (and instagram especially) as spawned countless ‘copycat’ photography styles, where people just try and mimic images that are already popular. That just gets boring, very very quickly, and now I can scroll through Instagram for ages, without seeing anything that really catches my eye; but, when something is different to the norm, it will catch my eye, and I’ll give it my full attention.
ZOUK: What are your favourite foods and what have you tasted on your travels?
I like almost everything, when it comes to food, which sounds like a total cop-out, but it’s true. I’ve eaten in plenty of fine dining places, from my day’s food blogging, and plenty of cheap and cheerful places – and often there’s nothing to choose between the two, in terms of satisfaction.
I’d say a real favourite of mine is good pub food. I don’t mean the overblown gastro type, where the pub is aiming to become a Michelin starred restaurant, but the simple stuff, that matches the atmosphere and style of a decent boozer. South London seems to have more than it’s fair share of these types of places; ones that are trying to retain the old style of an English pub, while serving up solid, simple, hearty food that delivers good value in terms of quantity and taste.
ZOUK: What are your favourite places to visit in Manchester (shops and clubs rather than other restaurants)?
Manchester has changed so much since I lived there, 10 years ago. The slightly grubby edges have been smartened up and there seems a real good vibe, that’s not just trying to replicate the hotspots of London, but is finding it’s own style.
The one thing I do like to visit in Manchester are the older pubs (there’s definitely a theme here). Places like The Briton’s Protection are brilliant, offering up a decent selection of well-kept beer and a ridiculous number of whiskies.
Aside from that, the last time I visited, we just wandered around, checking out all the new developments. Walking up from Piccadilly, we side-stepped into the Northern Quarter, then passed the smart shops around the Corn Exchange, over to Spinningfields, before heading down Oxford Road. That walk alone is a great way to pass some time and it reminds me what a cool city Manchester really is, especially as nothing in the centre is ever further than a ten minute walk away – not something you can say about London!
ZOUK: You visited Zouk recently, what would you recommend to others?
Zouk was great. Tucked away along aside-street, just of Oxford Road, I really didn’t expect there to be such a stunning restaurant; but, we were blown away by the layout, the architecture, and the buzz. Being able to see the guys working in the kitchen is great too. The speed at which they seem to be able to prepare the food is staggering!
What I love about a meal at an Indian restaurant, is that it always seems to be such an event, rather than just a simple dinner out. The sharing of the food, the hustle and bustle of the staff, the large beers on offer – it all makes for a fantastic atmosphere. And, what made Zouk all the better was the quality of the food; rich, colourful curries, with healthy portions of meat in each one.
Next time I’m in Manchester, I’ll definitely be back.
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Celebrate Christmas this year with a modern twist and add authentic Indian cooking to your seasonal party at Zouk’s Manchester restaurant. Whatever you’re looking for this Christmas, Zouk has it covered.
If you’re looking for lunch…. Try Zouk’s Christmas Tiffin
Zouk’s famous lunchtime Christmas Tiffin is full of tasty treats and is returning for the month of December by popular demand from 12pm-4pm and being upgraded for Christmas Tiffin (£10.95). Featuring premium dishes including Samosa Chaat, Butter Chicken and Lamb Laziz for meat eaters and Palak Tikka, Tarka Dal and Milli Juli Sabzi for vegetarians, all served up in a traditional Tiffin box based on those used by workers in Mumbai. All Tiffin boxes are served with festive pickles, popadoms, zeera rice and naan bread to make this a delicious, satisfying treat, served speedily in your lunch hour.
If you’re looking for a party… Try Zouk’s Christmas Party Banquet
If you’re searching for a little variety, look to Zouk’s Christmas Party Banquet as your chance to try lots of different dishes and explore a party atmosphere with plenty to share.
Divided into prices per head, menus start at £18 for a vegetarian set menu served as a Tiffin platter and including Tarka Dall and Asian Salad. For meat eaters, the £20 per head menu includes favourites such as Seekh Kebab for starters and Chicken Tikka Masala amongst the choices of mains.
All Christmas Party Banquets will be finished off by a selection of desserts to complement your meal. Try a festive treat of a traditional Mumbai Mess or Desi Donuts with an Asian twist for a little indulgence.
If your want to ensure your Christmas party has plenty of festive cheer then we have a range of drinks packages available including beers, wines and something sparkling. Try adding fizz to your evening with a Prosecco reception at £4.50 per person. A cool, crisp bottle of house wine will be waiting at your table at £12 per bottle. A Bottle of prosecco to greet your guests is £15 per bottle. Get the party started with 10 x 330ml Cobra for £25. Make sure you pre-book your package ahead of your party.
Why should you slave away on Christmas Day? Instead book in for a special Christmas Day Banquet (£30) which is too good to miss out on! Available all day on Christmas Day you’ll be greeted by a glass of Prosecco and enjoy a six course meal including a roasted Leg of Lamb and a Chicken Berry Biriyani.
If you’re looking for a present… Try Zouk Gift Cards
Zouk’s Gift Cards are the perfect option for the food lovers in your life. A Zouk Restaurant Gift Card can be redeemed against any meals booked in the restaurant over the next year, so lots of time for your friends and family to spend their gift. Zouk’s Cookery Class Gift Card is for those who enjoy a more hands on approach and you can book that special person in your life onto one of Zouk’s Cooking Classes to learn the art of authentic Indian cooking.
The Christmas tiffin menu and the Christmas Party Banquets are available throughout the whole of December 2016. Zouk is also open all day Christmas Day but places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. To book call Zouk Manchester on 0161 2331 090.
We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to provide the catering at Bingley Music Live in September – GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. Take look at what the Yorkshire Evening Post say here.
Co-founder and CEO Tayub Amjad said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to provide catering at Bingley Music Live so we are looking forward to the event in September. Our years of taking our Zouk experience on tour to Glastonbury, LoveBox and Secret Garden has prepared us for this amazing opportunity which we will deliver with creativity, flair and tasty food.”
Co-founder and Creative Director Mudassar Amjad said: “I’ve created a special menu for Bingley Music Live which will celebrate the regions of India and Pakistan and will draw on all our experiences. We’ll also be introducing new cuisine to our offering with classic British dishes along with Thai and many more to offer a wide selection of dishes for festival goers. Bingley Music Live is an event we are proud to team up with, their hard work and dedication has led to a local festival which is loved by all.”
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, sport and culture, said: “We are pleased to announce that Zouk Tea Bar & Grill will be providing catering for our Bingley Music Live and it is fitting that both the festival and the restaurant were conceived in 2006. Tayub and Mudassar are local to the area, passionate about food and creative, so we are confident we will see their award-winning cuisine at its best at the festival.”
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This week we celebrated our 11th birthday at our Bradford restaurant with an evening party including complimentary tasty cuisine and refreshing drinks. The evening was a celebration of eleven years including entertainment from Bollywood dancers, Henna artist and a fire eater to encapsulate the Zouk experience. Thank you to everyone who came along and please share your pictures from the evening with us on social media for a chance to win a complimentary meal!
Co-founder and CEO Tayub Amjad said; “We’ve had an incredible eleven years in business and to say thank you to our loyal customers we’re holding a special party to celebrate in our Bradford restaurant which has just benefitted from a refreshed look and I can’t wait to see what the next eleven years will bring for Zouk.”
Co-founder and Creative Director Mudassar Amjad said; “I created a special menu for the party which celebrated the regions of India and Pakistan and draws on all our experiences. Over the eleven years we’ve been in Bradford we’ve really defined our style and signature dishes include our famous Indian Sajji Roasts which offer a whole leg of lamb or whole roast chicken marinated in spices and served with spicy roast potatoes and delicious gravy. We started the night in true Indian style with a chaat our much loved Samosa Chaat is already a favourite with customers and was the perfect treat to kick off the evening. We had an amazing time with the Zouk community at our party and were overwhelmed with the fantastic turnout. We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for the celebrations and thank you to all our customers for their amazing support over these eleven years.’
Introducing our new Fortune Teller for our takeaway menus! Find out how to fold them and how to play along to find out your dream curry.
First, get your ZOUK takeaway menu and fold it into shape (our design should make this super simple but for help see the video below.
Once your ZOUK Fortune Teller is ready follow these instructions to play:
Join us at Zouk in Bradford for drinks and canapes to celebrate our 11th birthday.
Date – Tuesday 25th July – 6pm-9pm
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill Manchester
1312 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 8LF
RSVP to – firstname.lastname@example.org
This Eid we are celebrating in style with a unique and authentic Asian style roast. Zouk whole roasted Raan lamb is marinated in papaya, ginger, garlic and cardamoms and then stuffed with aromatic jeweled rice. This ultimate occasion dish contains only the finest ingredients including special deghi mirch chillies from Kashmir, renowned not just for heat but for their fantastic flavor too.
The luxurious jeweled rice is peppered with nuts and raisins and placed in the cavity of the lamb where the juices can permeate to every last grain throughout the cooking process. The lamb is continuously basted to ensure the meat remains succulent and tender and it is accompanied with Indian style roast potatoes and what might just be the best gravy you’ve ever tasted!
The Raan platter includes freshly carved slices of raan lamb piled on top of a generous mound of jeweled rice and accompanied by spicy potatoes, a sizzling side of gobi mattar in a tomato masala and the delicious and glutinous raan gravy.
Zouk Owner Mudassar Amjad said ‘We often do a Zouk version of raan or whole roast lamb for weddings and special occasions but it is only really suitable for larger parties or private functions and it’s not something you can have every day. This is what makes it the ultimate occasion dish and perfect for Eid as it’s a real treat after a long month of fasting. My chefs are preparing and slowly cooking several whole lambs on Sunday so that customers can order this delicious dish as a platter to share. Even if your group is small you can enjoy our Raan lamb without the hefty price tag you’d get if you were ordering a whole lamb. It’s one of my all time favorite dishes because I love lamb anyway and the way the rice is cooked makes it so so tasty. Whenever we have a family celebration I always get the chefs to make this as a special treat.’
Whole Stuffed Raan Lamb £35 for a sharing platter for 3 to 4 people.
Zouk is renowned for its special roasts, which are available 7 days a week and include Whole Roast Chicken and Leg of Lamb. The Whole Stuffed Raan Lamb is available upon request for special occasions and Zouk wanted to help customers celebrate Eid by preparing a special whole stuffed lamb on Sunday that can be ordered by smaller groups of family and friends and is ideal as a sharing platter along with a selection of your favourite dishes