After a boozy afternoon and evening watching World Cup rugby in Manchester we began to get peckish. Having endured the route march away from the Etihad stadium with the best part of 50.000 rugby fans we got talking to some felllow fans who lived locally about their suggestion for a great place for a late night curry. They recommended without hesitation the Spice Lounge on Shudehill. So that's where we headed.
My partner in crime on that evening rang ahead to book a table. On arrival we were pleased to see that the place was doing a brisk trade even though it was well past 11 in the evening. The doorman was kitted out in full ceremonial Indian regalia which was a nice touch, if rather over the top. We were brought to our seats but I was in pretty desperate need of a leak which gave me the chance to inspect the toilets down in the basement reached by a very sparkly staircase - not so easily negotiable after one too many beers earlier in the evening. But I can happily report that the toilets were clean.
On returning to our table I realised that I would only be able to reach my seat by climbing over fellow guests. The temptation was high but we opted for a more sensible idea of re-tabling (is that a word?) to another part of the restaurant which we could both get to easily without having obtained any mountaining certificates.
By this time my dining partner had already ordered papadums and relishes and water... water??? Ughhh... We addressed this oversight by ordering a nice chilled bottle of New Zealand "Waddling Duck" (Sauvignon Blanc) which was delicious.
Our meal comprised a shared starter of two large onion bhajees followed by a decently spicy chicken vindaloo for me and butter chicken for my dining partner. We shared pilau rice and a garlic nan bread having decided to throw caution to the wind.
Service throughout was very friendly and efficient. Given that the time was nearing midnight I was genuinely surprised how many diners were still chomping their way through their meals.
We left fully satisfied and really pleased that our chance encounter with some locals in the march down from the rugby had paid off so well.