Burton Road, West Didsbury (2006)

Burton Road is foodie heaven. Long before it was fashionable to eat out, this quirky corner of West Didsbury was awash with places to go - most fairly cheap, very cheerful, and catering for the students and bedsit brigade who lived in the area. Well, house prices may have rocketed, and one or two of the restaurants have gone distinctly upmarket, competing with the legendary Lime Tree round the corner on Lapwing Lane. But thankfully it's the same eclectic mix of cuisines that it ever was -- with twice the character of Didsbury village.

Gurkha Grill - Modern Nepalese

A more vogueish version of the Kathmandu. Light, clean décor (it's been recently refurbished) and lots of intriguing dishes. They include lobster chili curry and a Nepalese vegetable dish with cream, mango and coconut. Pictures of the Himalayas add to the ambience.

Great Kathmandu - Nepalese

An institution. It opened about 19 years ago and is still delightfully different. Open seven days a week, it offers lots of unusual curries and kebabs along with the baltis and biryanis. Seafood, too, including lobster. Family-run, long may it reign supreme.

Rhubarb - Modern British

Serious cooking by chef Mark Ramsden. Stylish stripped floorboards, aubergine walls, with prices to match. But they are by no means extortionate. There are some interesting marriages of flavours at Rhubarb -- Roast rump of lamb with butter beans, feta and spinach is a flagship favourite.

Cachumba - Pan-Asian

The name means 'mish mash'. Actually, behind the bamboo screens is a very pleasing mix of Asian food from Vietnam to Indonesia. The menu is small but extremely enticing. Cachumba may be a bit hippyish but go for the food.

Star Of Bengal - Traditional Indian

The name says it all. Old-fashioned but still popular curry house with a vast menu, fake beams, blue dralon chairs and no doubt irresistible after a few bars too many at one of the local pubs. Ridiculously cheap and great for nostalgia freaks. Licensed.

Thai-e-Sarn - High Thai kitsch

Truly bizarre. A sign in the window advises it may not be safe to dance in here if you've had a few too many. Owner 'Crazy' Wendy offers Elvis impersonators and karaoke along with the Thai fishcakes and red and green curries. Kitsch does not begin to describe this place and if you fancy a raucous night out this is probably the place.

Bistro West 156 - Neighbourhood bistro

Used to be Felix, now a pleasant contemporary bistro offering Modern British cooking of great quality and imagination. Signature dishes include Salt and pepper squid and Chorizo and feta salads. Owned by Philip and Rachel Aked. Booking advised.


One - Modern British

Very contemporary and very intimate with only 26 covers and a small bar area. Quality food and service with some eclectic dishes. Prominent corner location right on the junction of Lapwing Lane and Burton Road.

Fact File

Parking:
Loads of space in Metropolitan car park or side-roads past the Kathmandu.

Cash:
No banks in immediate vicinity but lots of hole-in-the-wall facilities in Didsbury village or Withington. Burton Road is equidistant from both.

Pub:
The Railway is a traditional local which closed at one point but has reopened with an OK refurbishment. Beer, crisps and definitely the place to catch up on local gossip. Not fancy but full of character.

Bar:
The Metropolitan is a huge building that used to be the Midland pub -- famed for bikers and hard rock. Now the area is gentrified it's been transformed into a café-bar which offers food and decent wines, catering for a family market. There's a conservatory and they do nice Sunday lunches.

Nightclub:
None on Burton Road -- it's a largely residential area. Late-night drinking will be found at places like La Tasca in Didsbury village. The Lansdowne, a hotel on nearby Wilmslow Road, has a wine bar of sorts.

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