Manchester is a hugely cosmopolitan city that offers an extraordinarily wide range of cuisine. Trading links from the industrial revolution and beyond have ensured communities from every corner of the globe have settled in andaround the city, with them have come the flavours of the world. However perhaps the two countries most famously represented are those of India and China.

The renowned Indian “Curry Mile” stretches through the Rusholme district of town from the university buildings along Wilmslow Road towards Fallowfield. The strip of fluorescent neon lit restaurants and jewellers now in fact stretches for around a mile and a half. Every month or two another restaurant seems to appear, each more brightly lit than the last. There are more than 60 restaurants in all - the easiest benchmark to check for this week's favourite is just to look which one is most busy. Is there a difference in the cooking at all between any of them? Marginal. But with such stiff and immediate competition they are cheap. 

Due to its proximity to the University, The Curry Mile being on one of the main roads into the city is wonderfully well served by public transport. The Wilmslow Road is considered one of the busiest bus routes in the whole of Europe, barely ever will two mins will pass without a bus either going into or out of the city. A taxi to/from the Rusholme area to the city centre shouldn't cost more than £5-£7.

Chinese settlers arrived in Manchester in the early 20th century. By the 1950s the growth of home washing and chain laundries forced many Chinese people in the north west of England to look at alternative employment and many moved increasingly into takeaway cafes and restaurants.

Some of the more famous, and still trading restaurants, in what had developed into a Chinese quarter of the city, arrived in the 1970/80s and included Charlie Chan's, The Woo Sang and The Yang Sing. Today Chinatown is centred around the impressive Ming Arch which is surrounded with many shops and restaurants in the Nicholas Street, Faulkner Street and George Street areas. The Yang Sing, and the unrelated the Little Yang Sing, are still considered by many to be the best oriental restaurants in the city today. New entrant Wings in Lincoln Square provides a classy modern China dining experience with impeccable servers and excellent food - check out the celebrity signed plates which adorn the walls.

The hot new area in Manchester is the Northern Quarter, From your fast fresh food at Soup Kitchen to your lazy lunches at Simple or if your feeling lavish then stop for dinner at the Northern Quarter Restaurant Bar and Grill or TNQ as people know it.

If you're looking for upmarket restaurants The Modern the Urbis Building and the Michael Caines' restaurant and cafe at the Midland Hotel will serve you very well, and in the mid-price range there is a wide choice, with Restaurant Bar and Grill on John Dalton Street being an old favourite. 110 Restaurant in the Circus Casino on Portland Street has consistently received excellent reviews since it opened in 2006.

November 2006 heralded the arrival of another top class Far Eastern restaurant, with the opening of a superb Thai restaurant and bar, Chaophraya.

To get further infomation on all of the bars and restaurants in the city , an excellent source of information, with customer reviews, is the restaurant guide at www.RestaurantsofManchester.com.

If, however, you're more interested in liquid refreshment, www.BarsOfManchester.com is the top guide to the city's bars.

Food and Drink in Manchester