Food and drink
With Thai, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Malay influences, expect to take quite a while reading the menu and deciding what to order. Starters range from generous portions of spicy Tom Yam soup (with chicken or seafood; £5.95) to soft shell crabs served with Ning’s homemade chilli dipping sauce (£8.95), and mains include traditional Thai curries, grilled or fried chicken and fish and noodle dishes like Pad Thai (£8.95 vegetarian, £9.50 with chicken or fish). Wine is on the pricey side (from £14.50 a bottle) but there is a good selection including some Thai bottles.
I love the Gado Gado Salad (£5.50) – a warm vegetable and tofu salad with a spicy peanut sauce. It looks beautiful and the crunchy peanut sauce is amazing.
A hot pink statement wall sets the chic scene as you walk in and is complemented by black and pink net curtains and oversized hot pink lights. Despite the style statements, Ning’s diners tend to be a pretty laid-back bunch.
Staff are pleasant and helpful.
Ning is at the top of Oldham Street and next door to the Frog and Bucket comedy club. It is a five to ten-minute walk from Piccadilly.
Starters are, on average, £5.95, and main courses £11 – with curries, generally, cheaper. The £12.95 set deal menu is a great offer and you get a starter, a main and an accompaniment. Unlike many set menus, the choice is good and it is served every day (until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
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