Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2014

It’s that time of year when the Greenwich Curry Club, in association with the Greenwich Visitor announce the 4th annual Greenwich Curry Club Awards. The awards have been gaining in prestige since we launched them in 2011 and it’s nice to see that many restaurants proudly display their certificates on their walls. It has taken a year of solid research of restaurants and takeaways in our area, but members of the curry club are proud to announce the following winners…

Best restaurant: Coriander (Westcombe Park)
Highly commended: Mountain View

Best takeaway: Green chillies
Highly commended: Le Popadom

Best for service: Mountain View
Highly commended: Gurkha’s Inn

Best for value: Gurkha’s Inn
Highly commended: Taste of Lewisham

Best newcomer: Mountain View
Highly commended: Kerala Village

Best starter: Kerala Village (Hot and sour soup)
Highly commended: Gurkha’s Inn (Lamb tikka)

Best main: Coriander (Naga chicken)
Highly commended: Mountain View (Mixed seafood curry)

The classy Coriander has been knocking on the door for a few years but for 2014 we felt the combination of the exceptionally fresh and tasty food, as well as great service and décor, the restaurant is the deserved winner of Best restaurant 2014. The Westcombe Park venue also gobbles up the award for Best Main for the superbly hot and tasty Naga chicken. Eat ’em and weep vindaloo lovers. Congratulations also to Mountain View for being highly commended in the Best restaurant category in just its first year in business. With such a good showing overall it should come as no surprise that the same restaurant should be named as the Best newcomer. Manager Rom and his team also picked up the Best service award and were highly commended for the Mixed seafood curry, a treasure trove for fish lovers. Another newcomer making waves is Kerala Village. A few different owners have tried to make a go of this south Indian–themed restaurant in Trafalgar Road but we reckon the premises has finally found the man to do the job. The new owner provides a superb range of quality dishes, especially for vegetarians, and if you do nothing else try the Hot and sour soup, which wins the Best starter award hands down. Meanwhile, Best takeaway for the second successive year goes to the unassuming Green Chillies, which keeps turning out quality curry from its premises in Blackheath Road. Its neighbour, the ever-reliable Le Popadom, a previous winner of this category, is highly commended. Gurkha’s Inn is no stranger to the Greenwich Curry Club Awards, having picked up nearly every honour over the years. So it’s no surprise to see this family team, who are seasoned curry house pros, feature prominently again by winning the Best for value category and being highly commended for service. Maybe the only surprise is that the mouth-watering Momos don’t feature this year, although their tender, tasty, Lamb tikka gets a thumbs-up in the Best starter category.

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