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FAR-SIGHTED FARZI

Renowned Indian restaurateur Zorawar Kalra has gained a hard-won reputation for innovation and trendsetting in his homeland, with a penchant for offering unusual takes on traditional dishes. So when he announced the launch of his first London eatery, Farzi Cafe, promising local ‘twists’ on globally famous food, there was understandable fanfare around the opening. Anticipation …

Dine BY THE RIVERSIDE

An old friend used to be fond of saying – ‘once you’ve been to one Indian restaurant, you’ve been to them all.’ He’d obviously never been to the Riverside Spice in the heart of the Essex countryside  – which stands out both for a beautiful setting and its highly individualised approaches to traditional dishes. Owner …

Indian restaurants are aplenty in West Sussex’s seaside

Mahaan shows its might Indian restaurants are aplenty in West Sussex’s seaside town of Worthing, but the mighty Mahaan stands out. The attractive blue name board, doors and window frames immediately catches the eye of any passer-by, who can be assured of ‘authentic Bangladeshi and Indian’ food. Mahaan, as the name suggests, is a great …

STREETS AHEAD

If you’re a lover of street food – but also enjoy a relaxed and comfortable dining experience – is it possible to have the best of both worlds? The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ if you can find one of the few high quality restaurants specialising in street food – and, if it’s authentic Asian …

PROFILE OF A MULTI-TASKING ENTREPRENEUR

By Laura Evans Oli Khan is a lot of things to a multitude of people: devoted husband, father to a young son, acclaimed restaurateur, chef, philanthropist, property portfolio holder and teacher name just a handful. But they barely scratch the surface of what this businessman has achieved. From an award winning chef to successful entrepreneur …

Taste of Nawab definitely worth a visit

It goes without saying that there  are a lot of factors that go into making a successful restaurant. A great chef, a diverse menu, good service and savvy marketing. But when someone tastes your food and finds themselves filling up not only with an amazing meal but with an inexplicable sense of happiness – that’s …

Chef Salim Javed of Mint Caterers

Interview by Tahira Khan I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to The Founder and Creator of The Mint Catering Group over a coffee and speak to him about his passion for the food industry, how he got there and the highs and lows of his business journey. I also got to find out about …

TURNING OVER A NEW BAYLEAF

Ask Tofozzul Miah for the secret of his success in more than 30 years in the restaurant business and he’ll tell you that the answer is simple. “You have to keep ahead of the game and constantly reinvent yourself – or you won’t maintain your advantage over the competition,” he tells me at his Bayleaf …

SECRET IS IN THE SPICE

“My secret is in the spice.” And for multi award winning County Durham chef, Syed Zohorul Islam, that magic mix won him another spectacular accolade as he was recently traveling to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) India, as part of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival team. That accolade came for the Executive Chef at …

Shozna of Chef Jamal Uddin

Offers eye-watering tandoor lamb chops Traffic hurtles past the busy throughfare that is the Maidstone Road. If motorists knew that a culinary delight was located here, they might slow down. Maybe even take a pit stop and sample some of the glorious food on offer here. The historic town of Rochester draws in many visitors …

Nahid Hassan launches first cookbook

Restaurateur and chef Nahid Hassan, who owns Shanti group of restaurants in Stockholm, launched his first cookbook in the Swedish capital in October. “Vego Curry” in Swedish, which translates into “Veg Curry” comprises of ‘Indian and Bengali recipes’ prepared from scratch, just as they are prepared in India and Bangladesh. “The vast majority of Indian …

Rahman brothers realise RAJDOOT dream

Not rattled about encountering day-to-day dealings, brothers Hamidur Rahman Sofu and Ataur Rahman Lyak, who own Rajdoot in Guildford, consider themselves successful restaurateurs, having overcome all hardships to achieve their goal. Rajdoot translates to ambassador, bearing which in mind the duo envisioned creating a sophisticated, yet warm and friendly Indian cuisine restaurant, rich with flavours …

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