Hot stuff from Britain's best South-Asian chefs
Traditionally from India, Bangladesh and their neighbouring countries, curry is now so popular in Britain it's become our national dish! There are thousands of curry restaurants in the UK - here are just a few of our favourites.
This West London restaurant really lives up to its name. The family-run Brilliant even has Royal approval – Princess Diana has dined here, as have Prince Charles, numerous Prime Ministers and Bollywood film stars. The 200-seater restaurant serves great Punjabi food with a Kenyan touch, and it’s also the first restaurant in the UK to get a licence to hold civil marriages.
Started over 30 years ago in this historic part of London, Tayyabs is a dining experience not to be missed. Serving traditional Pakistani Punjabi food at great prices, the family-run restaurant is one of the best in London. There’s a great bustling atmosphere, making Tayyabs perfect for a celebration or family dinner. Queues go around the block so be sure to book.
If you’re really in the mood for a curry, Bradford is definitely the place to be. Nawaab is an absolute must-see on Britain’s curry trail, and one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city. The huge range of dishes caters for all tastes, but the chef’s specialities are a must for all curry lovers.
The first thing that comes to mind when you say the words ‘curry’ and ‘Manchester’ is the famous Curry Mile in Rusholme. But Moon isn’t on the Mile, making it one of Manchester’s best-kept food secrets. The dishes are fresh, fragrant and perfectly spicy. Make sure you try the naan breads and onion bhajis – definite favourites with the regulars.
At the award-winning Dhabba you’ll find authentic north Indian cuisine with a trendy twist. The sleek and welcoming interiors make you feel at home right away, and the extensive menu offers plenty of delicious flavours to tempt your tastebuds. And if you don’t recognise the dishes on offer, the friendly staff are on hand to help.
Situated in Birmingham’s famous Balti Triangle, the Al Frash Balti Restaurant is one of the city’s most popular curry houses. Widely regarded as the best places to go for a hot balti, Al Frash is famous for its aubergine pakora and house specials at great value for money. The restaurant is unlicensed so bring your own alcohol if you want to drink with your meal.
These days many curry houses are known as much for their creative cooking and sophistication as their spicy sauces. Lasan recently fought off stiff competition to be crowned the UK’s best local restaurant by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. They’re still revelling in their success and so will you.
Hidden down an alley is the kitchen of the Edinburgh Mosque. You’ll find basic furniture and plastic plates but food this good at such low prices is a rarity indeed. A daily chicken or lamb curry is always on offer, served with rice or naan and fiery vegetable sides like spinach and chickpea curry. All the profits go to charities in Scotland and Pakistan.