Scene Indian Street Kitchen

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I had been following Scene on Instagram for quite some time now and their beautiful posts always fascinated me. I’d been wanting to visit this Indian fine-dining since I came to Manchester.

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The restaurant has beautiful indoor and outdoor seating (by the entrance and the terrace seating by the canal where you can enjoy a good shisha). The interiors were proper stunning. Embodying a contemporary setting with Indian antique-like décor, Scene possesses beautiful décor and furnishings. The restaurant has a beautiful bar.

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Two of my friends (Daley and Sneha) and I visited Scene on a weekday for lunch. The restaurant was almost empty; besides our table there were just three others occupied. It was a very quiet, almost dull atmosphere but I was glad we didn’t have to wait for a table.

I knew what I wanted to eat before I even got there. The lunch THALI. I had a real craving after seeing those pictures on Instagram (You can check them out here too!). Daley isn’t a big fan of thalis so I suggested he try something else. Turns out the other lunch options were very limited. So I guess we did not come here at the best time.

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While Sneha and I ordered the thali, Daley chose chili chicken.

While we waited for the food, we sipped on our beverages (which comes with the Thali) and a portion of chips. Red wine (house wine) and a kingfisher beer seemed apt for Indian food and it definitely brighten up the dull vibe here.

 

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Two large signature Scene thalis arrived about 20 minutes later. Overall, they had a pleasant aroma and I couldn’t wait to try everything. Generally, thalis in India have about 10 or more items consisting of traditional curries, chapati or poori/rice, sweet dish, a snack and a traditional cool drink. Furthermore, they have unlimited servings as long as you don’t share the thali with another person.

While Scene’s thali was far from being traditional, I get that they’re catering to the likes of the local crowd here. But maybe the locals would like to really enjoy and see if they can finish a real thali (most Indians itself cannot!). The Scene thali consisted of a veg curry, a chicken curry, papad, salad, yogurt raita and rice. The food was warm and comforting but the curries could have done with more flavour. I will not deny that I have definitely had better Indian food in Manchester.

 

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The chili chicken was served with fried rice. It was very tasty and appetizing.

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While the ambience was definitely inviting and the staff very courteous, the food wasn’t remarkable. Still gotta give it a shot in the evening and see if the dinner menu offers something that will make me come back here.

  • Ambience: 9/10
  • Service: 8/10
  • Food: 7/10
  • Price: 7/10

 

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Restaurant: Scene Indian Street Kitchen

Location: 4 New Ct St, Manchester M3 3AN, UK

Restaurant hours: Mon – Fri: 11am to 3pm; 4pm to 11pm

Sat: 4pm to 11.30pm and Sun: 3pm to 10pm

Contact number: +44 161 839 3929

Restaurant website: www.scenedining.com