Asha’s celebrates Michelin Guide rating for second year on bounce

Asha's Boatman Prawn Curry

Manchester fine dining Indian restaurant Asha’s is celebrating its retaining its Michelin Guide stamp of approval for the second year running.

The eatery which opened only two years ago is one of just 24 out of 2,000 restaurants in the city to achieve the accreditation.

The restaurant has been awarded the prestigious Michelin plate, along with its sister restaurant in Birmingham.

The Michelin Guide’s symbol ‘L` Assiette Michelin’, (a plate) is awarded to restaurants that have undergone the same scrutiny as those that have achieved the illustrious stars, and is a recognition of a very high standard of dining.

The restaurant was also awarded two ‘Couvert’ or ‘knife and fork’ symbol, which refers not to the food quality but to the levels of comfort and ambience the restaurant provides.

This is judged on many different factors including the service, decor, atmosphere down to the waiter’s greeting and even the arrangement of glassware on the table and expresses the quality of the guests overall experience.

Asha’s is in good company on the list of Manchester based restaurants to have made the list, as the likes of Living Venture’s Australasia and Manchester House and Michael O’Hare’s Rabbit in the Moon received the same high classification.

To help encapsulate the true flavours and experience of traditional Indian cuisine, but with a contemporary twist, the ARIL Group which manages Asha’s Manchester restaurant enlisted the help of Ashwani Rangta as head chef, where he has again made his mark on the city by celebrating authentic Indian flavours, while providing a modern twist on the menu.

Hailing originally from Northern India, Rangta has cooked for the heads of state and luminaries at five-star hotels around the country before joining Asha at the Aril Group in 2014.

Susan Potter, managing director of ARIL Group, says: “The Asha’s restaurant team are delighted that for the second year running our contemporary Indian menu has proven popular with the judges and the public.

“Rangta’s innovative menu continues to celebrate authentic Indian flavours and spices, while providing a modern twist on recipes our guests know and love – all using the best fresh and locally sourced ingredients.”