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The British Curry Awards 2006
8th November 2006
There's a new kid on the block when it comes to national awards for curry restaurants. Only in its 2nd year, The British Curry Awards has already attracted a huge number of nominations. Ordinary customers (a staggering 20,000 of them) first nominated their favourite restaurants and then a shortlist of 30 restaurants were visited by a panel of judges appointed by the organisers, Spice Business Magazine.

The founder of Spice Business Magazine, Enam Ali, set the scene for the awards by declaring that "curry has become a national dish because our pioneers established restaurants in every corner of the UK and, by doing so, contributed so much to British culture without achieving the personal recognition they deserved".

We are familiar with a couple of the winners - Tamarind in Mayfair and Juboraj in Cardiff have both appeared on these pages in the past. But it's nice to see a Best Newcomer Restaurant category whose coveted prize went to Itihass in Birmingham, the brainchild of 28 year old entrepreneur Raj Rana.

And the winners are....

Category Area Winner
Best Restaurant in London East Moorgate, London Mehek
Most Innovative Restaurant in the South Beaconsfield, Bucks Spice Merchant
Best Restaurant in the South Cookham, Berks Malik’s
Best Restaurant in Wales Cardiff Juboraj Rhiwbina
Most Innovative Restaurant in the North Corbridge, Northumberland The Valley
Best Restaurant in The North Quayside, Newcastle Vujon
Best Restaurant in The Midlands Olton, Solihull Rajnagar Tandoori
Best Restaurant in Scotland Edinburgh Britannia Spice
Best Supermarket Spice Starter Dish n/a Waitrose Vegetable Samosas
Best Supermarket Spice Accompaniment Dish n/a Sainsbury’s Pilau Rice
Best Supermarket Spice Side Dish n/a Morrisons Bombay Potatoes
Best Supermarket Spice Main Dish n/a Asda Chicken Tikka Masala
Most Innovative Restaurant in London Great Smith Street The Cinnamon Club
Best Restaurant in London West Mayfair Tamarind
Best Newcomer Restaurant of the Year Birmingham Itihaas
Best Restaurant Group of the Year Shipley, W. Yorkshire Aagrah Group

Raj Rana and family
Raj Rana and family with the award for Best Newcomer - Itihaas

Juboraj Team
The Juboraj team receiving their award

associated links:

The British Curry Awards

Spice Business magazine

Juboraj Group

Itihaas restaurant

Tamarind restaurant

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