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Greenwich Curry Club Award Winners

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The Greenwich Curry Club’s Favourite Restaurant for 2017 is the Darjeeling in Lewisham. The friendly 50-seater restaurant got the thumbs up from voters for the main prize in this year’s Greenwich Curry Club Awards, which is sponsored by Goa Premium Beer. This is the first year the company, which produces gluten-free beer that is ideal with spicy food, has sponsored the Awards.

“Thanks to the support of Goa Beer we have enjoyed the best ever Awards and are delighted that they joined us in celebrating the restaurants, takeaways and staff that make this such a great industry in our area,” said Daniel Ford, founder of the Greenwich Curry Club.

The Awards, which recognises excellence in the local industry, has been held in association with the Greenwich Visitor – the only local newspaper to run a regular curry column – since 2011. All the awards were chosen by local curry lovers, who voted online for their favourite restaurants and takeaways, except for the Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award, which was chosen by members of the Greenwich Curry Club. Restaurants and takeaways in SE10, SE3, SE8, SE7 and SE13 were eligible. This includes Greenwich, Maze Hill, Blackheath, Westcombe Park, Lewisham, Ladywell, Deptford, New Cross and Charlton.

Darjeeling owner Foyeg Kazi, who has been running the restaurant for 15 years, said: “We have a loyal following so it is thanks to them we have picked up this award. I’m thrilled for the team and we will keep working to serve up good quality food at real value prices.”

The restaurant has built a reputation for offering a menu that offers exceptional value, so it is no surprise that the Darjeeling also won the award for Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value, an award they have now won three times.

Mogul Home Dining Kitchen, located along the Trafalgar Road in Greenwich, picked up the Favourite Takeaway award. The Mogul name has become a byword for top-quality Indian food in Greenwich and this year the restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Home Dining Kitchen was opened in 2011 to offer a dedicated takeaway service. Owners Mr and Mrs Dev said: “This is great, especially as it comes on such a special anniversary for the Mogul.”

The ever-popular Mountain View, also on the Trafalgar Road, was voted as the Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service. Some fresh, young faces have joined the established service team this year and the smooth, friendly service from everyone on the floor has clearly not gone unnoticed by the voters.

Kasturi, Charlton’s classy Indian restaurant, announced its arrival onto the local scene by picking up the Favourite New Restaurant award and with its undoubted quality it is sure to be challenging for more awards in future years.

Members of the Curry Club decided that this year’s Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award should go to the Royal Nepalese in Westcombe Park in recognition of its outstanding main dish Langtang Lamb. This succulent Himalayan dish, cooked with garlic, ginger, green chilli, fresh mint and mango chutney, had even the grumpiest of members cooing in delight and that in itself is worth an award.

“The Greenwich Curry Club Awards are an excellent initiative, recognising the merits of best local curry houses and encouraging ever higher culinary standards,” said Goa Premium Beer MD Ben Parmar, who added, “We applaud Daniel Ford’s endeavours and hope other areas of the country will take Greenwich’s lead and organise their own, similar local awards scheme”.

The Winners
Favourite Restaurant: Darjeeling (Lewisham)
Favourite Takeaway: Mogul Home Dining (Greenwich)
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service: Mountain View (Greenwich)
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value: Darjeeling (Lewisham)
Favourite New Restaurant: Kasturi (Charlton)
Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award for Outstanding Dish (Langtang Lamb): Royal Nepalese (Westcombe Park)

 

 

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Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Awards – voting has closed

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Voting for the Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2017, in association with the Greenwich Visitor, has now closed. The Awards, which were established in 2011, aim to celebrate the restaurants, takeaways and the people who work in the spice industry in Greenwich and the surrounding are.. We thank everyone who has taken the time to vote in this year’s Awards.

The winners will be announced on this website in early December and in the December issue of the Greenwich Visitor.

This year there were five awards up for grabs (see Award categories below). In addition to these five Awards there will also be a special award as chosen by the members of the Curry Club. All those restaurants and takeaways nominated are listed below.

Restaurants
Chinipan (Blackheath)
Coriander (Westcombe Park)
Darjeeling (Lewisham)
Everest (Blackheath)
Gurkha’s Inn (Greenwich)
Kasturi (Charlton)
Mogul (Greenwich)
Mountain View (Greenwich)
Pathiri (Greenwich)
Royal Nepalese (Westcombe Park)
Saffron Club (Blackheath)
Taste Of Raj (Blackheath)

Takeaways
Charlton Indian Takeaway (Charlton)
Curry Royal Tandoori (Greenwich)
InDelicious (Greenwich)
Mogul Home Dining Kitchen (Trafalgar Road)
The Village Tandoori (Charlton)

Award categories
Favourite Restaurant
Favourite Takeaway
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value
Favourite New Restaurant
Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award

Here comes the Tiffin Club

Your chicken tikka masala takeaway could soon be arriving at your door in a neat metal container rather a leaky plastic one. This follows news from the Asian Catering Federation serveimage.jpg(ACF) that they will be launching a nationwide Tiffin Club with reusable containers next year.

Tiffins are a set of interlocking metal containers with a carry handle and are widely used for transporting food in Indian cities and at railway stations along the country’s 40,000 miles of tracks. The ACF believes that takeaways in the UK can adopt their use here – with customers paying a small deposit for the first one they receive and swapping them on subsequent orders.

This follows a proposal from Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s to introduce a levy on single-use plastic packaging.

Yawar Khan, the Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which represent the interests of 35,000 restaurants and takeaways in the UK, said: “Tiffins, which will eliminate plastic waste and keep takeaways warm, are an ideal opportunity for restaurateurs to introduce smaller, sharing dishes, healthier options and authentic Indian dishes being demanded by customers.”

The packing on a typical family takeaway order costs the restaurant owner around 25p. Busy takeaway restaurants can spend £2,000 on single-use packaging in a year.

Curry lovers can nominate their favourite Asian restaurant and takeaway in the ACF’s Asian Restaurant Awards, being held in Manchester on 12 February, via the nomination form on the ACF website.

Revealed: the most popular curry house names

The UK’s most popular curry restaurant name is Taj Mahal, followed by Taste of India, the Raj, Saffron and Bengal Spice.

The results were revealed following research conducted by the Greenwich Curry Club of over 240,000 restaurant and takeaway names registered with the Food Standards Agency in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For takeaways Taste of India tops the popularity list, followed by Saffron, Curry King/s, Bengal Spice and Spice of India.

It’s no surprise that curry lovers have become familiar with certain names. There are 46 restaurants called Taj Mahal (and a further 20 takeaways). Taste of India is the name for 38 restaurants and 30 takeaways. Saffron is also popular among owners, with 26 restaurants and 28 takeaways choosing the name.

Other popular names just missing the top five lists were Little India, Tandoori Night/s, Indian Ocean and a string with spice in their name, such as Spice of Life, Bombay Spice, Eastern Spice and Spice Village.

Spice, unsurprisingly, is a word used somewhere in the name of many restaurants and takeaways – a whopping 1,750 in fact. Other words that crop up frequently are Tandoori (1,578), Indian (1,414), Balti (665), Curry (560) and Chilli (334).

Evidence that Brits tend to put all subcontinental food under the banner “Indian” regardless of its accuracy, is that other spice countries receive relatively few mentions, with Bangladesh appearing 73 times, Nepal 30 and Pakistan just nine. Bengal crops up 291 times, while the colonial name Bombay is used by 201 restaurants and takeaways.

But not every owner is content to have a name like many others. The research threw up some great names that stood out from the spice crowd, including the Curry Fever Restaurant in Leicester, Curry Cottage at Lovers’ Leap in Derbyshire, Curryosity in Bradford, Curry on the Curve in Newport, Spice Entice in Cardiff and In’Delicious in Greenwich.

Top restaurant names
1. Taj Mahal 46
2. Taste of India 38
3. The Raj 34
4. Saffron 26
5. Bengal Spice 25

Top takeaway names
1. Taste of India 30
2. Saffron 28
3. Curry King/s 22
=4 Bengal Spice 21
=4 Spice of India 21

 

 

 

 

 

Goa Beer to sponsor Greenwich Curry Awards 2017

Goa Premium Beer is to sponsor this year’s Greenwich Curry Club Awards. The award-winning gluten-free pilsner is brewed by the family-run boutique Impala Distillery & Brewery in Goa. The brewery was acquired in 2015 by Bollywood actor and film producer Sachiin Joshi. Exclusively imported into the UK by Viiking Ventures, the beer is popular as an accompaniment to spicy foods.

The Greenwich Curry Club began in 2010 with a group of friends meeting once a month, at a different venue, to “eat curry, drink beer and talk nonsense.”

The group has since grown, and now reviews curry houses all over the UK and internationally, as well as offering news, recipes and all things curry related on its website.

The original south London group still meets and new members are welcome if they are “charming, witty, and don’t do ‘a runner’ before the bill is paid.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Daniel Ford, founder of the Greenwich Curry Club, said:  “We launched the Greenwich Curry Club Awards in 2011 to recognise the restaurants, takeaways and people that work in this great industry and are thrilled to be able to work with Goa Beer closely, as we look to take the Awards to the next level. We know that Goa Beer is a forward-thinking company and are delighted to be partners with a company that offers a genuine Indian beer that is perfect for curry lovers.”

Local people can vote for their favourite venues in Greenwich, Blackheath, Lee, Lewisham, New Cross, Charlton and Deptford at www.greenwichcurryclub.com. Voting closes on 19th November and winners will be announced on 1st December.

Ben Parmar, MD of Viiking Ventures, said: “The Greenwich Curry Club does great work highlighting the best venues in the area, encouraging ever higher standards.  Our marketing strategy is to support local, independent venues.  I’m delighted to back the Club’s efforts and want to encourage similar organisations round the country to follow their lead.

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