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Issue 198

June 2013

'Outstanding' for Cinnamon Culture, Imli & Chilli Pickle in Best in Britain Awards(BIBA) 2013




Cinnamon Culture Bromley, Imli Street Soho and Chilli Pickle Brighton have each given the first 'Outstanding' attachment in this year's Best in Britain Awards which acknowledge the top 50 Asian restaurants in the country.

The "Best in Britain Awards" (BIBA) ran annually for 15 years to support the growth and development of ever higher standards in the ethnic restaurant sector. As the number of such awards proliferated and became meaningless the Mood Food Mofos were created in 2010 and 2011 to acknowledge excellence. Hoever, due to popular demand we have reverted to the "Best in Britain Awards (BIBA)" giving annual recognition to those restaurants we feel offer the highest standard of food and service in 2013.


Your guide to 50 of the best Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani/Sri Lankan and Nepalese restaurants offering the highest standards in food and service for 2013.

Cafe Spice Namaste London E1 - Continuing brilliance from Chef/Patron Cyrus Todiwala OBE
Mint Room Bath - Smart restaurant run by Luthfur Rahman with Head Chef Mamrej Khan
Cinnamon Club London SW1 - Very stylish meeting place from Master Chef Vivek Singh
Cinnamon Culture(Outstanding) Bromley - Smart Michelin recommended restaurant
Bombay Brasserie London SW7 - Still setting the standard for others under Chef Prahlad Hegde
Calcutta Brasserie Stony Stratford - Top food and service in a 17th Century Chapel
Tamarind London W1 - Fantastic Michelin starred cuisine from Chef Alfred Prasad
Chez Mumtaj St Albans - Fine Dining and great decor from top chef Chad Rahman
La Porte des Indes London W1 - Fantastic decor, fantastic food from Chef Mehernosh Mody
Brilliant Southall - The Anand family's perennial favourite with great Punjabi cuisine
Quilon London SW1 - South Indian Michelin starred cuisine from Chef A.V. Sriram
The Cumin Nottingham - Exciting restaurant run by yet another branch of the Anand family
Benares London W1 - The flagship Michelin restaurant for Atul Kochhar
Britannia Spice Edinburgh - Multi award winning restaurant owned Dr Wali Tasar Uddin
Dockmasters London E14 - Smart restaurant and top cuisine from Chef Navin Bhatia
Maliks Cookham - Multi award winner. Supposedly Heston Blumenthal's favourite Indian
Babur London SE23 - One of the best Indian restaurants outside the centre of London.
Mem-Saab Northampton - Very smart award winning restaurant with branches in Bedford and Leamington
Cinnamon Kitchen London EC2 - Award winning sister to Cinnamon Club under Head Chef Abdul Yaseen
Indian Ocean Ashton under Lyne - Nahim Aslam's popular, super active, award-winning restaurant
Chutney Mary London W10 - Classic restaurant from Namita and Camillia Panjabi's Masala World group
Le Raj Epsom - Excellence from the team of Enam Ali MBE, the man who runs British Curry Awards
Rasoi Vineet Bhatia London SW1 - Wonderful Michelin standard cuisne from Vineet Bhatia and wife Rashima
Pushkar Birmingham - Elegant restaurant and wonderful food from Head Chef Bishal Rasaily
Trishna London W1 - The most recent Michelin starred Indian restaurant - sister of Trishna Mumbai.
Vinyasa Edinburgh - New to our list but has proved to be very popular in its short existence offering high standards.
Chakra London W11 - Chef Andy Varma leades a top team to provide great food and service.
Bengal Dynasty Shotton - Long established but as smart and popular as ever with East Indian & Bangladeshi cuisine.
Indali Lounge London W1 - A top 'healthy eating restaurant' near Baker Street from Dr Kartar Lalvani. Celebrity favourite.
Anoki Nottingham - Smart Michelin recommended restaurant in the heart of the city.
Zaika London W8 - Now a member of the Tamarind Collection offering top class food in elegant surroundings.
Mem-Saab Leicester - Very stylish with attractive decor and excellent food. Even has its own chef's table.
Amaya London SW1 - Multi award-winning, Michelin starred restaurant from the Masala World Group.
Qumins Oxford - Ali Azam's new, popular restaurant has already built a following based on good food and service.
Imli Street(Outstanding) London W1 - First established in 2006 as Imli, now offering inspired Indian Street food.
Spice Lodge Cheltenham - Smart restaurant offering Indian & Thai cuisine from Mohammed H.Rahman and his team
Lasan Birmingham - Top cuisine from multi award winning chef Aktar Islam
India Dining Warlingham - Asad Khan's very classy restaurant on The Green
Jaipur Milton Keynes - Fantastic purpose built Indian and Thai restaurant
Chilli Pickle(Outstanding) Brighton -Eexciting award-winning restaurant run by Alun & Dawn Sperring - great cuisine.
Mango Lounge Windsor - Top class food from award winning Chef Ashwani Kumar
Moksh Cardiff - Great cuisine and service from Chef Stephen Gomes and his team
Itihaas Birmingham - Raj Rana's stylish award winner
Mumtaz Bradford - Amazing restaurant that is an institution in the industry
The Ambrette Margate - Exciting food from ambitious chef Dev Biswal
Mithas Edinburgh - 'Indian cuisine redefined' - Michelin recommended and voted Best Indian Restaurant in Scotland 2013.
Curry Lounge Nottingham - Indian & Punjabi food from Chef/Patron Raz featured on Gordon Ramsay show. Multi award winner.
Kiplings Bradford/Leeds/Sowerby Bridge - Created by charismatic Raf in Greengates 17 years ao with a special community/friendly atmosphere and good food.
Prashad Bradford - Bobby Patel & his team's vegetarian cuisine championed by Gordon Ramsay. Now in larger premises at Drighlington.
Chak89 Mitcham - Great food, enthusiastic management, weddings, banqueting hall - it's all here - supported by a host of celebrities.

Cinnamon Culture : Destination restaurants are few and far between and need to be treasured when they are discovered. Since this Michelin recommended restaurant opened on the site of an old Victorian pub, it has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of owner Manpreet Dhingra and Head Chef Suresh Pillai. The decor is relaxed and stylish and the food is at the cutting edge and at amazingly reasonable prices. The food continues to be a visual and taste delight, exploring Indian cuisine to the full deserving of 'outstanding' recognition.

Chilli Pickle : Since being started by Alun and Dawn Sperring, Chill Pickle has moved premises, grown a strong following and won award after award, including a Bib Gourmand from Michelin and two AA Rosettes.This is contemporary Indian cuisine of the highest standards with an ever evolving menu that is exciting and innovative.

Imli Street : Transformed from Imli to Imli Street offering trendy Indian Street style food. Part of the Tamarind Collection it offer dishes such as Naan Pie and slow-cooked railway curry catering for the trend towards street-style. Exciting concoctions are offered at the bar attacting the trendy Soho crowd. Very different from its previous incarnation but exciting and innovative.


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