Very disappointing. Food was luke warm and portions were tiny We paid £15 a head for mixed vegetarian and fish thali - for this we each got two prawns, one tiny piece of fish each and a few potatoes and beans which had clearly been sat around for sometime before they were brought out to us. They were generous with the rice though. The drinks that we ordered weren't brought out and still didn't come when we reminded the waitress. Waitress cleared the table after main course and didn't return for 20 mins to ask whether we would like any dessert. We had lost the will by this time so we left the restaurant hungry and thirsty.
Cachumba's menu is 'world' rather cuisine from one fixed country, but the underlying element in all dishes is deliciously spicy, whether it be Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Indian, or Moroccan. The food is simple and exquisitely tasty, and moreover a treat for vegetarians; a selection of three dishes, khoubz bread (a flat bread much like roti, but drier like pitta) is enough to satisfy and silence two people with only 'mmm' and the sound of licked fingers passing between you. The Ugandan Mtoki (fried green banana, as a savoury dish, in a spicy sauce) is a delicate treat. We also sampled a beautiful Coconut lentil curry dish, and a darkly rich aduki bean curry.
Those of you who prefer meat and fish can select from prawn, chicken and lamb dishes that my carnivore pals have always found finger licking good.
All desserts are home made and include a selection again of world items (kulfi, halva) and also include stodgy Brit faves with an Asian twist (Mango and Berry Crumble), or just total Brit-ness (Sticky Toffee Pudding and custard).
The environment is unpretentious, cosily lit, but one criticism - it is always FREEZING COLD. Which is why we prefer the take-away service.
Great food, relaxed atmosphere and good value. Quite a small menu but lots of unusual dishes to try. Food tasted really fresh and healthy and although the service is perhaps slower than a typical curry house the relaxed atmosphere and the quality of the food mean you don't mind waiting a little bit longer. There is also a selection of homemade puds which are very tasty. Overall highly recommended.
My mouth is watering just at the thought of this restaurant. The best curry restaurant in Manchester! A great range of curries from around the world. Each dish has its own distinct flavour and tastes deliciously home made. Great veggie options - love the bananas, okra and Sri Lankan lentils.
I'm a regular here. If you fancy something different then this is for you. The menu is divided into 3 : Fish, chicken and veggies - guess it keeps costs down. Personally I find the veggies interesting - Moong beans and the okra are good. Even though there is a small menu don't be surprised if your selection is out of stock and that includes the wine ! The 2 ladies that run the show are polite and hard working - occasional mistakes on orders are made - but remember its the charm, the ambiance, the tasty food and cheap prices which are the forte here. If you want waiters and waitresses watching your every mouthful then try the overpriced place opposite.
A great little place hidden behind the blinds. Food is excellent from the shot menu, especially for the price, and although it's unfortunately no longer byo, the wine list is reasonably priced. A great little place that stands out from the crowd.
not what we planned for a romantic night out, but good food!
A hidden little gem, with an unassuming front that manages to keep out the Cold Feet Wannabe, Sex and the City, RA RA types who seem to be infecting the area.
Food is excellent, price is just right and there is a prefect deli opposite to get wine and European beers.
Love this place...have pretty much tried everything on the menu. Highly recommend the South Indian Curry and the Vietnamese Hot King Prawn Soup. Absolutely delicious and cheap as chips as well. Highly recommended
Bring your own booze is fantastic. Food was very cheap - nothing spectacular but you can't argue with the value. Service was very good with friendly staff. Just try and ignore the southern students at the next table.