Chorlton’s Barlow Moor Road parade has a storied history, and many units have been occupied by the same businesses for time. Others have swapped and changed, running through a number of personalities in recent years. Up against the old guard on this strip, Indian Affair is a relatively new addition, but has already turned heads with its cuisine, inspired by the cooking approach, scents and flavours of the Delhi region. An area dominated by vast urban sprawl, a true cultural melting pot, but one that also stretches to more rural locations, where traditions and family recipes are respected and passed on.
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit the subcontinent, chances are you’ll quickly notice that many of the dishes at Indian Affair are quite common across Northern India. That may be, but the cooking style is the key differentiating factor — Dilli is unique to Delhi. So the menu has been carefully curated to suit this approach, hand-picking recipes best suited to the method, ensuring everything on offer is packed with incredible flavour and prepared to perfection, reflecting authentic, age-old tastes of the region, alongside more modern interpretations and experiments.
As for the menu itself, you’ll find this divided into Small Plates, Mains, Biryanis, and Accompaniments. The more modest sized portions offer some great choices that you don’t often see on Indian menus in Manchester — palak chaat, gol gappe, fish pakoda, moo tiki, bharva aloo, and ajwaini salmon tikki — alongside firm favourites such as lamb seekh kebab, and fusion ideas like the paneer tikka bao. Those looking for larger options can choose from curries such as Dilli Daal Makhani, Paneer Lababdaar, Malai Kofta, Lamb Rara, and Kadai Chicken, to name but a few. Meanwhile, the Biryanis come in three variations — Lamb Dum, Saffron Sub, and Dum Murg. An extensive wine list, alcohol free and alcoholic cocktails, a big range of gins and traditional lassis are also on offer.