This and That is one of a number of excellent rice 'n' three institutions in the Northern Quarter that locals have been enjoying for decades The concept is uniquely Mancunian and originated from a need to feed the hundreds of local garment industry workers who began arriving from the Indian sub-continent.
This & That is a genuine lunchtime institution with solid weekly menu that changes every day (Tuesday's are our favourite with chicken curry, chickpeas and cabbage curry but the lamb nihari on Sundays is not to be missed.)
It's all served basic canteen style, so you join the queue, choose from what's in front of you, sprinkle on your own garnish of fresh chillis, chopped onion and chopped coriander and park yourself at a free space at one of the formica tables or ask to take it away.
These are home-style, no frills, freshly made curries with fall-apart flavoursome hunks of meat or vegetables for around £6 for three scoops. Jugs of tap water are free although there's a fridge full of fizzy cans if you prefer. Spicy veg or meat samosas are extra as are chapatis or nan bread.
Do not expect any trimmings, either food or décor wise. Instead, drop in and lose yourself in a buzzing lunch spot that's never less than packed. Early arrival from noon is recommended for maximum choice as its hard to get a seat after 12.30pm.