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National Curry Week

This week is National Curry Week and the 6th Annual British Curry Awards were presented in London last weekend.

From a local perspective Hox Brasserie from Salisbury came 2nd in the South West category, one of 56 shortlisted restaurants from a total of 3,500 restaurants nominated by the public. And I can personally testify to how good the restaurant is.

The winners in the nine regional categories were:
Ashoka Johnstone, Johnstone (Best in Scotland)
The Spice Cube, Newcastle (Best in the North East)
The Millennium Saagar, Douglas, Isle of Man (Best in the North West)
Lasan, Birmingham (Best in the Midlands)
Rajpoot, Bath (Best in the South West)
Aziz, Oxford (Best in the South East)
Bengal Dynasty, Shotton, Flintshire (Best in Wales)
Brilliant, Southall (Best in London Suburbs)
Bombay Brasserie, London SW7 (Best in London Central & City)

In addition Mem Saab, Leicester was named Best Newcomer and Brighton’s Chilli Pickle the Most Innovative restaurant.

The following is a complete list of all of the finalists in the various categories
Most Innovative Restaurant
Chai Street, Cardiff
Chez Mumtaj, St Albans
Chilli Pickle, Brighton
Vine & Spice, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

Best in Scotland
Ashoka Johnstone, Johnstone
Britannia Spice, Edinburgh
Lancers Brasserie, Edinburgh
Mushtaqs, Hamilton
Mya, Edinburgh

Best in the North East
Aagrah, Leeds
The Last Days of the Raj, Gateshead
The Spice Cube, Newcastle
The Valley, Northumberland
Vujon, Newcastle

Best in the North West
Indian Ocean, Ashton-under-Lyne
The Millennium Saagar, Douglas, Idle of Man
The Viceroy, Carlisle
Usha, Burnley

Best in the Midlands
Almas Brasserie, Dore, Sheffield
Asha’s, Birmingham
Itihaas, Birmingham
Lasan, Birmingham
Rilys, Redditch

Best in the South East
Aziz, Oxford
Haweli, Twyford
Jaipur, Milton Keynes
Malik’s, Cookham
The Old Bengal, Beaconsfield

Best in the South West
Hox Brasserie, Salisbury
Myristica, Bristol
Rajpoor, Bath
Viceroy 1, Yeovil

Best in Wales
Anarkali, Swansea
Bengal Dynasty, Shotton, Flintshire
Bokhara Brasserie, Bridgend
Sheesh Mahal, Llanelli

Best in London Suburbs
Blue Junction, Morden
Brilliant, Southall
Chak 89, Mitcham
Green Spice, Dartford
Royal Tandoori, South Croydon
Shampan 2, Bromley

Best in London Central & City
Bombay Brasserie, SW7
Bombay Bicycle, SW10
Gaylord, W1
La Porte des Indes, W1
Mehek, EC2
Tamarind, W1

Best Newcomer
Aagrah, Bradford
Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, London EC2
Jai Ho, South Shields
Lucky’s Indian Tapas Bar, Newbury
Massala, Cobham, Surrey
Maya, Surbiton
Mem Saab, Leicester
Zook Tea Bar & Grill, Manchester

If you live anywhere near any of these restaurants I suggest you get down there this weekend. I’ll be at Anokaa in Salisbury on Friday, any excuse for a curry!

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Curry of the Week – On the Road

No home cooking in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the road for a few curries instead. First was The Royal Jaipur (7/10) in Landford, New Forest where I had a Gosth Chilli Fry. Followed by two curries in Salisbury, a lamb chilli balti at the Shah Jahan (8/10) and Laal Mans, (a lovely Rajastahni-style slow cooked lamb dish), at Hox Brasserie (8/10).

Then it was up to Derby and a Sheekh Tawa at The Raj (6/10) in Allestree. The following day we paid a visit to Christchurch Meadow, home of ‘the Nailers’, the mighty Belper Town F.C., who reside in the Evo-Stik League. They beat Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 watched by 217 hardy souls. Pukka Pies supplied the half-time snacks but it wasn’t the greatest game I’ve ever seen although it was good to get back to grass roots football after the World Cup debacle, the Wayne Rooney saga etc.

On the way home I dropped a friend in Leicester, just off Narborough Road, and replenished my spice cupboard from one of the many Indian grocery shops.

And I couldn’t visit Leicester without a trip to Ajay’s Sweetmart (111, Narborough Road, LE3 OPA), who makes the best vegetable samosas I have ever tasted. He was doing a roaring trade in the run up to Diwali. We’ve been going there for years, and he also does a mean Onion Bhaji, or a pepper stuffed with peanut masala, and for the brave, a fiery Potato Bomb. Well worth stopping by if you are in town!