Indian legend Asha Bhosle has been one of Bollywood’s leading playback singers for seven decades, providing the singing voice for actresses in more than 1,000 films. She is in the Guinness World Records as the world’s most prolific recording artist. She was also the muse for British band Cornershop, who paid tribute to her with their 1997 hit single Brimful of Asha. Oh, and Asha’s, the £2m restaurant, is named after her too.

This 6,000 sq ft eatery has introduced Bolli Bites, where diners can pick four dishes for £20. With the casual diner in mind, the lower bar provides informal dining with a Bolli Bellini Bar.

After a couple of Bolli Bellinis, we couldn’t resist sampling eight tasters for £40: Venison Cocktail Samosas, tender venison mince in spices; Chicken Malai Kebabs, flavoured with cardamom and a choice of sauces, including a fabulous apple sauce; the Seafood Seek, finely chopped fish and prawns; and the Kadak Seek, minced lamb seasoned with spices. An Asha recommendation, Keema Fries, was our absolute favourite and comprised mincemeat cooked with spices, served on a bed of hand-cut chips and topped with mild cheddar.

Manchester is the tenth Asha’s to open its doors around the world and will not disappoint.


47 Peter Street,

Manchester M2 3NG

Tel: 0161 832 5309