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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Street ahead is Grand trunk Road

It’s probably fitting that two groundbreaking pioneers of the Indian restaurant trade have named their new restaurant after one of the greatest pioneering projects ever attempted on the Indian sub-continent. Rajesh Suri and Dayashankar Sharma were in the vanguard of attempts to have Indian food recognised by the Michelin guide in the early 2000s, when …

Sawbridgeworth a visit

There couldn’t be a more typically English setting than Sawbridgeworth. Dating back to Saxon times, and mentioned in the eleventh century Domesday Book, you’ll find the picturesque town nestling in impressive countryside on the Herts-Essex border. Yet it is here, in this olde-worlde setting, that some of the best Indian food in the area is …

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