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The Rice Bowl

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33A Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
+44 161 832 9033
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12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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mallorca
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I live in Spain and we travel back to Manchester as often as we can if only to eat at this wonderful restaurant. We are always warmly welcomed and nothing is too much trouble. We have never had a bad meal and honestly miss it when we are away. I have been going here since I was... More 

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Thank ELIZABETHMALLORCA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first ever visit to Manchester so didn't know where to go and we saw that the rice bowl was number one on trip advisor. Not sure how but maybe things are different in the City. We ordered in luxury deep fried dim sum platter which had some slightly suspect items on it. I think they were duck... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everything about this place screamed maximise margin!! From not changing frying oil as often as they should, to putting tiny amounts of meat and flavour giving ingredients to their hot and sour soup. The tin foil on the sizzle plates to save on washing up is a joke and the orders from management that nothing could be taken off the... More 

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this place. Visited with my wife and 87 year old Mum. Great food and a good selection to choose from. We over ordered as not used to the portion sizes but that was ok as we got to try lots of nice things. Can't wait to go back and try the bits I missed. Flavoursome ribs and fantastic... More 

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Thank MelidenRovers
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice enough but not worthy of the ratings compared to other Chinese restaurants in the city centre. Also, bizarrely all the meals came out in tin foil which looked rubbish and it was a pain as it kept ripping when trying to take my food off the sizzler. Much nicer places in town with better value for money, once is... More 

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Thank Yell84
Manchester
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've only been to this restaraunt once but really enjoyed the food and plan to visit again soon. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing restaraunt but that's not to say it's bad. I'd say the decor is ok and kind of what you'd expect from the type of restaraunt it is. The portions are good and the prices are reasonable.... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were very friendly. Food was really tasty. The service was great. There were four of us and one was vegetarian. We had the 2 course menu. The vegetarian option was varied and my daughter found her meal delicious. This was our first, but definitely not the last.

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Thank Allison M
Bolton, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with friends on a sunday afternoon and instead of the usual 2/3 course meal between the 4 of us we ordered 8 starters, then some crispy duck and 2 main courses between us. It took us hours to get through it all but well worth it.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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254 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice ambience and service. Extensive menu - dim sum were lovely. Wine a bit pricey but definitely worth a visit. We will return

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you book early because this Chinese is a bit special. Great atmosphere great service oh yes but the food " EXCELLENT". I will eat there again when I am next in Manchester.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33A Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 832 9033

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?