I have a huge love for Asian food so as soon as Manchester’s Corn Exchange opened I knew Mowgli (Indian) and Pho (Vietnamese) were essential destinations. First up, Mowgli.
The decor downstairs has a repurposed vintage tree house feel, while upstairs is clean and spacious with reclaimed vintage touches.
Because of the Indian street food vibe the dishes are freshly prepared and arrive as soon as they are ready in little metal tiffin boxes. You can stack them to keep various things warm if you want. The Bloke ordered rice with his Rhubarb Daal (we suspect he got served the traditional Daal by mistake as he couldn’t taste any rhubarb or ginger!?) and I ordered two puri’s – mmm, fried round goodness.
One day I may get out of the habit of automatically ordering the paneer dish…Maybe. The tomatoes were a welcome change from saag (spinach) paneer and tasted fresh and sweet .
I ordered Bhel Puri ‘Bombay’s best loved street food. Puff rice with crisp gram threads, peanuts & tantalising spiced sweet & sour dressing.’ I love a good Bhel Puri and this didn’t disappoint. The sweet and & sour dressing tasted a lot like tamarind (which was a shame as I’d already ordered a tamarind based dish). This was the dish which was shared the most and disappeared the quickest.
I was very surprised with my Treacle Tamarind ‘fries’ as you can see they skinless potato wedges! Mowgli’s treacle tamarind is sweet, sticky, mild and very more-ish. The Bloke found this dish to be a tad too sweet and wished it had just a little more heat.
An impractically large scoop of salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone. I know we’re probably bored of overtly trendy salted caramel flavoured offerings on every menu by now but this tasted fantastic! A perfect balance of salty and sweet, it disappeared rather quickly!
Overall I really enjoyed my visit and will definitely be eating here again. Friendly staff, quick service and nice atmosphere. I just wish that some of the dishes we tried were a little more pequent as I felt I hadn’t fulfilled my appetite for something spicy.
Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Have you visited the Corn Exchange or a Mowgli in your area yet?