Pagoda has provided the Manchester community an exquisite kosher dining experience since 2014. Its owner, Daniel Clayhills has successfully carved out his own distinct niche in the market by offering kashrut fulfilment without sacrificing authentic Asian flavours.
“Our customers come first; it’s as simple as that”, said Daniel. “This is the place where it all comes together in our beautifully decorated restaurant, where service and privacy is a top priority.”
Daniel and his team of experienced chefs serve authentic cuisine from East Asia, from vibrant fish dishes of steamed lemon sole with spring onion and ginger, to crispy Peking duck with hoisin sauce, as well as specialising in succulent steaks and lamb chops from the grill.
In an effort to be closer to the community, the kosher Chinese restaurant relocated after many years at its previous site to a newly renovated location set to rival the city’s most prestigious eateries.
“For anyone who has not yet come to see us at the new place, it is well worth a visit. We are offering the same great food with some exciting new additions coming soon, in a completely refurbished and modern atmosphere.”
Seating 70 to 80 diners, the new premises at 1 Parkhill, Bury Old Road retains the same amount of covers as the previous location, which was a crucial factor for Daniel when he committed to the challenging search for a new spot.
“It has been a dream of mine for a long time to find new premises for the restaurant. It was such an exciting prospect when I came across this property, I could see all the amazing potential in it, and I cannot say that now after all the works have been completed I am in the least bit disappointed!”
Licensed by the Manchester Beth Din, Pagoda is one of only three kosher restaurants in the area and has proved a vital local institution for the Jewish community of Prestwich and beyond. As well as offering a full restaurant and takeaway menu, including deliveries, Daniel prides himself on his estimable reputation for catering for a variety of simcha and events, from formal fully catered occasions with waiting staff, cutlery, crockery and tablecloths, to laid back food-only events.
Now situated across the road from the Holy Law Congregation, Daniel believes this new location can more efficiently facilitate the catering needs of the local synagogue.
“It is nice to be closer to the community we serve, especially since it will make it possible for our guests to hire the restaurant for kiddushim, sheva brachot and bris seudahs on Shabbat.”
Since works commenced in June 2018, Daniel has found fulfilling his vision of a vibrant new space an exciting project: “I could not possibly have imagined what was in store for me, and it has been a true rollercoaster ride to say the least. I have learned so much in the process.”
Lastly, Daniel wished to thank those that have contributed most to his restaurant’s continued success: “I could not have made the move with everything it has entailed so far without the support from my wife Esther. While I have been working day and night she has singlehandedly held down the fort at home. In addition, her advice has been invaluable with all the work being carried out and the new modern look of the premises. My children’s excitement has been infectious and has really spurred me on, so thank you Benjamin, Isaac, Rachel, David, Chana and Jacob.
“There are a few very dear friends and avid Pagoda supporters out there I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to, they know who they are, so thank you all! We have exciting plans in store for the future, so please watch this space!”
For more information, or to enquire about catering, visit Pagodakosher.co.uk.