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A new Indian fusion kitchen is opening under the Mancunian way

Pop-up Cheeky Tikka will bring Indian street food to Hatch for the first time

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 25th April 2022

A new Indian fusion kitchen has opened at Hatch under the Mancunian Way, bringing healthy alternatives to favourites like butter chicken.

Cheeky Tikka, a Cheshire-based food trader born in lockdown, has just opened at the shipping container food and retail village later – bringing Indian street food to the site for the first time.

Still based in Alderley Edge, this will be the first city-centre site for the pop-up South Asian kitchen.

Cheeky Tikka has become a go-to destination amongst Cheshire foodies, thanks to a string of successful pop-up restaurants launched in June 2021.

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Image: Cheeky Tikka
Image: Cheeky Tikka
Image: Cheeky Tikka

Born during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, the pop-up sees chef and owner Aisha Tilstone combine her event planning experience with her passion for cooking to provide traditional Indian food, with a modern twist.

Her food is marinated for longer than is usual, and cooked for longer in many cases too, in order to allow the spices to develop a deeper flavour.

Menu highlights here include fan favourite ‘Cheeky Samosa Chaat’ – a crispy samosa topped with a mildly spiced chickpea salsa, pomegranate and a mint and tamarind sauce; as well as their ‘Cheeky Chips and Gravy’: chunky chips with lashings of butter chicken and gravy.

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The team prides itself on its unique culinary identity, using only the finest, freshest ingredients with no artificial additives, preservatives or colourings, and has put together a new street-food menu of freshly prepared dishes especially for its new home in the city centre.  

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The selection of small artisanal plates will be mostly gluten-free, and as typical of Cheeky Tikka, low in fat and full of flavour.


Aisha from Cheeky Tikka Bites said: “We can’t wait to bring an authentic taste of India to Hatch! There is such a great mix of cuisines at the destination and we are so excited to complete the Hatch family with delicious, warming South Asian food.” 

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