I've always enjoyed eating at Dishoom, the offbeat chain of Indian restaurants based on Mumbai's old Parsee cafes. But I've never been in a branch of Dishoom quite as grand as that on Bridge Street in Manchester.
It's in a 1920s masonic hall, complete with all the original stained glass!
The restaurant is on the ground floor of Manchester Hall, designed in 1929 by Percy Scott Worthington and magnificently refurbished.
Manchester Masons still meet on the building's third floor - but the ground floor is now much more Mumbai than freemasons.
And just in case you're interested, I had what I can only call a Biriyani Wellington, a wonderful lamb biriyani covered in pastry. Gorgeous!
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