The Past
The story of Mussarat Ali starts from a remote village in Pakistan. Even as a child he had an interest in food and service and had decided this as a career path even before his teenage years. His dream was to open and operate a restaurant which would be unparalleled in food and service. Ali
He found the chance to work towards his goal when he migrated to England in 1990. Starting off as a waiter in London, he steadily made his way through the ranks while picking up finer points of the food trade. He was, however, destined for much more and decided to move to Manchester to make the most of his knowledge and skills.
In 1995, the childhood dream was realized when he opened his first takeaway in Bolton, named the Five Star. Soon enough, he was ready to venture into the big league and acquired a restaurant in Rusholme, naming it Lal Qila. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Present
Lal Qila (Red Fort) derives its inspiration from the famous Mogul Emperors who had scores of chefs at their disposal to ensure all royal guests were treated with the best there is to offer in culinary. The thought behind the name was to follow the Mogul legacy and ensuring that a unique experience in food and hospitality is offered to all patrons.

Opened in 1997, the 300 seater Lal Qila is arguably the most famous Indian Restaurant in Manchester and stands proudly at the heart of the famous curry mile. Lal Qila is the place where awesome food, great service and a convivial atmosphere all come together for the ideal gathering spot with friends and family.The upstairs function room is available for hire and is the scene of many parties, weddings and functions.Adjacent to the restaurant, the 58 seater Lal Qila Express Takeaway serves customers who prefer to get started straight away or have their favorite food on the go. With expansion on the cards, a site in Handforth was chosen and Lal Qila II, an 80 seater restaurant was opened in 2000. Rated ‘Best Indian outside of Manchester’, it proudly offered the same quality food and service for which its Rusholme counterpart was famous for.
May 2008 saw Lal Qila’s fourth eatery open in Bolton, the place where it all began in 1995. Combining a takeaway on the ground floor with a 60 seater dinning hall upstairs, it was quick to create a niche for itself amongst the more established businesses in the area.
The next stop for Lal Qila was the Manchester City Centre where it opened its doors in October 2009. Opened on the site of Negresco in Deansgate, the restaurant seats 170 guests; surrounded by stylish interiors while enjoying exquisite cuisine and unparalleled service.

Lal Qila Grill in Chorlton became the latest addition to the Lal Qila family in 2016 which focused on wider menu options and started a delivery service. The response from the customers has been overwhelming and the restaurant continues to actively gain market share in the takeaway and delivery segment within the area.

Lal Qila was featured in the BBC documentary ‘The Curry Mile’ and has been a firm favorite of many celebrities over the years. David Miliband, Aamir Khan, Carlos Queiroz, Mike Tyson, Don King and Andrew Flintoff to name a few. Lal Qila is especially proud to have hosted the Late Benazir Bhutto, the former two time Prime Minister of Pakistan on more than one occasion alongwith a number of MPs, artists and sportsmen from UK and the sub continent.

The Future
Future plans include the opening of a large multi cuisine restaurant in Manchester offering European, Asian, Mediterranean, Far Eastern and Continental dishes all in one place.

Culinary
Lal Qila offers a richly-varied menu of fresh, natural ingredients, wholesome sauces and flavorful spices. All food is natural and freshly prepared daily on the premises with no additives or preservatives.Lal Qila prides itself in reinveting its menu to keep up with the times. This is why people have been enjoying the food it offers for years & years and are still coming back for more.
The man behind the scene is head chef Anjum Inayat who was one of the founding members of the Lal Qila group of restaurants in the 90s and has been involved with the food industry for the best part of two decades.

Tribute
The management at Lal Qila would like to express their gratitude to Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, a chef par excellence and without whom Lal Qila would not have been where it is today. He was one of the first qualified chefs in the Indian food industry and his students are running kitchens and serving their customers across the UK, none with more pride than Anjum Inayat.