A five star Indian-born chef is opening his first restaurant in one of Whaley Bridge’s prime sites. Manish Pal is unveiling his Zayka Indian restaurant to the public on 11 April and at a private reception the evening before.
Zayka (the Indian word for Taste} is on the prime site next to the Mechanics’ Institute, in the building used by No 29 Restaurant (later Fennels) in Market Street. The site has been empty for months.
Manish has moved with his wife and young daughter to Chinley from Derby, where he was a chef. He says: “We want to give Whaley Bridge something authentic, something special.”
The cuisine will feature quality recipes from the Punjab region in northern India where he was born. Among the attractions are dal makhani; a chicken dish with spinach (murg labadar); roast lamb (lazeez); and Goan fish curry, using monkfish. For special occasions, there will be lobster and crab dishes.
Manish, who is 36, has worked with a five star hotel group in India and also spent three years with a top hotel restaurant in Shanghai, China. He came to England 10 years ago.
He will bring in Indian chefs from different parts of the UK to the new Zayka. There will be seven to ten staff, in the kitchen and serving the public, seven days a week.