Many thanks to the MEN for this piece about our refurbishment!!
Has the last bastion of old Northern Quarter in Manchester finally gone?
Twitter went wild when news hit that rice and three diner and takeaway This & That was having a make over.
But we poked our head in and have to say, we really approve of their slightly Scandi-style canteen with its cool grey walls and friendly bench seating.
This & That, at 3 Soap Street behind Trof NQ, has been one of the best places for an authentic curry at lunch for a long time. And its dining approach is simple: join the queue, choose your three curries to go with your rice, and enjoy.
But over the last few years under current owner Ismail Mallu (pictured serving above) – who took over the bijou diner in 1992 – This & That has gone from the city’s best kept secret to appearing in national newspapers and tourist guide as a must stop spot.
And so the place decided it was time for a change, steered by long time customers Marfin and Rina – architects and interior designers M+R Studios.
They decided the red plastic takeaway-style tables and chairs had to go, and there’s even a little nod to the Hacienda with a pillar daubed in black and yellow stripes – a tribute to the club which also started in the early 1980s.
The new scheme has upped seating from 45 to over 60 and, says Mr Mallu, as a consequence more people have been stopping in to eat because they can sit in bigger groups.
This & That opens from 11.30am to 4.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 11.30am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Rice with three vegetarian options starts at £3.90, or up to £6 for three meat options. A loaded four curries and rice option is available for £6.50.
The menu changes daily and can be viewed on the official This & That website.
Everyone seems to love the new refurbishment! Thanks to your support 🙂 and we’ll see you soon for a delicious home-style curry in Manchester’s Northern Quarter!