We all have a favourite band or musician - but not many of us can say we have made a grand gesture in homage to them.

Max Paley can though - as the Madchester music fan has opened a curry house celebrating his favourite band, with all the dishes named after their songs.

The restaurant is named This Charming Naan, and dishes include Girlfriend In A Korma and How Saag Is Now?

Have you guessed who it is named after?

The 25-year-old is a Smiths superfan and he sells 20 dishes with lyric-inspired names from a kitchen he rents inside the Retro Bar music venue in Sackville Street in the city centre.

The food is even endorsed by band members, with former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce naming a dish on the menu - Last Night I Dreamt That Some Bhaji Loved Me.

There are no meat products used in the vegan restaurant (Morrissey would surely approve), which opened for takeaway in December.

Max, who is originally from Oxford, has plans for customers to able to sit-in at the restaurant and eat among Smiths' memorabilia, with their tunes playing in the background, when restrictions are finally lifted.

"I have been a bit overwhelmed by the reaction," he said.

"We've had Johnny Marr's son message me saying he loves it and will be down when we can open to dine in.

"Johnny is my favourite Smiths member, I've seen him live six or seven times.

"We are inside a music venue which has gigs on so people will get a real experience when they eat in."

The 'Madchester' music nut has opened a curry house in homage to his favourite band - and named all the dishes after their song

Max, who previously ran a music venue, had just six months' experience working in a kitchen before starting the business venture.

He opened it March and hoped to run it as a restaurant and a festival van, but both plans were halted due to the coronavirus lockdown.

As a plan B, he opened as a pop-up stall at Hatch in Manchester through the summer and earned rave reviews from customers, so decided to open again before Christmas.

The two-man operation - Max and his pal Joe do all the cooking and take all the orders - has seen orders flood in from music fans in the city.

Max added: "I have been going to music festivals since I was 12 and I'd always had a dream of taking a food truck to festivals.

"I was thinking of ideas with a friend a few years ago and I had the idea of This Charming Naan and wanted to get a food truck together of that name.

"We opened as a restaurant last March and two days later, lockdown hit so we had to stop.

"I fully intend to go around the festivals in This Charming Van as soon as we can and as soon as festivals can start up again.

"We opened again as a takeaway on December 1 and business has been good, but the reaction has really blown me away."

Max moved to Manchester four years ago after falling in love with the city during a Stone Roses gig.

His earliest musical memories involved listening to The Smiths as a youngster as they are his mum's favourite band and he grew to love them just as much.

Max with right hand man Joe Moores

He also cites Oasis and The Stone Roses among his favourite bands and has also included Supergrass on the menu of his takeaway service in a nod to his hometown.

"I grow the menu organically whenever I want to update it," Max said. "I've taught myself to cook using the internet and videos.

"I'm a vegan, but I don't push the vegan aspect of the restaurant to the forefront, it just is what it is. I'd rather people judge the food for what it is.

"We started off with just a few dishes like Girlfriend In A Korma and Madras is Murder.

"As I expanded the menu, I tried to keep it to just Smiths songs, but it's too hard thinking of them all to fit, but most of them are named after songs from Manchester bands.

"I had to go with a Jimi Hendrix song for a dish called Vindaloo Child.

"Supergrass is included on the menu as a little ode to Oxford, they are one of my favourite bands and they are from my hometown.

"My favourite dish to cook is Heaven Knows I'm Masala Now or Vindaloo Child, because I'm a spice man. I like making spicy dishes."

The restaurant sells curries for between £6.50 and £8.50, which can be ordered from on Deliveroo and Just-Eat.

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