Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The View's Just Great from the Cheap Eats!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The View's Just Great from the Cheap Eats!

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ATING out on the cheap isn't hard in Manchester.

EThere's plenty of affordable options for dining out on a budget, in fact, that's where you'll find some of Manchester's best food.

From hearty pho in a Chinatown basement to a bring-your-ownbottle Middle Eastern restaurant, here are the best spots for affordable dining in Greater Manchester.

Chapati Cafe Don't be put off by the decor of this no-frills cafe - it's all plastic chairs and buffet style dining, but the flavoursome and varied curries here more than make up for appearances. There's always a selection of meat and vegetable dishes, which are served on traditional metal trays. A rustic take on the classic Manc rice'n'three, it's always impressive just how much difference and depth of flavour is in each separate curry. Pair with a tin of craft beer and you're on to a winner.

¦ 496B Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 9AS / Jasmine One of Chorlton's best kept secrets, Middle Eastern restaurant Jasmine is hugely popular with locals, and serves up an impressive selection of dishes to share, such as baba ganouj, za'atar breads, tabouleh and kibbeh. Main courses are affordable, from £8 upwards (Fateh Jasmine is a winner), or mix and match with their hot and cold starter dishes, starting at around £3.50. It's also bring your own bottle, and corkage here is free.

¦ 569 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 8AE / Habesha Hidden above a kebab shop near Canal Street is not the usual place to find a great dining spot, but you've got it in Habesha. This Etheopian restaurant is cheap, friendly and filling. Spicy stews are serve on a traditional shared injera (like a giant sourdough flatbread), which diners then use to scoop up sauces with their hands. The coffee here is also worth a shot, just don't expect to get an early night afterwards. ¦ 29-31 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3LZ / Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza Based in Manchester's own little Italy - Ancoats - Rudy's is already known as THE place to go for proper, wood fired Neapolitan pizza. So much so, that queues around the block are regular, and they're opening their second branch on Peter Street imminently. It's also a bit of a bargain - you'll have change from a fiver for a 14-inch marinara, while a margarita the same size will set you back just £5.90.The joy is in the simplicity and quality of the ingredients, from the San Marzano tomatoes to the buffalo mozzarella. There's a decent beer list, and the Puglian Brindisi (£4.50 glass) is a real stunner.

¦ 9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF / Siam Smiles A smattering of tables at one side of this basement supermarket in Chinatown belies that gastronomic delights that await, and it's mighty good value too. An array of curries, rice dishes and soups all compete for your attention, for less than a tenner. …

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