The Calcutta Club, which is based in Nottinghamshire, has taken the crown for the country’s best Indian restaurant at the Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards.
The category was bombarded with numerous restaurants, but as many as three are all located in Maid Marian Way, known as the city’s Madras Mile.
However, competitive newcomer The Calcutta Club took the crown and out-pointed serial award-winner MemSaab.
Barry Dhaliwal, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Amarjit, said: “We’ve won awards before but this is fantastic,”
“There is nothing better than winning something because of the appreciation of your local customers. A big thank you to the entire Calcutta Club team.”
Mr and Mrs Dhaliwal opened the restaurant in 2014, with the stylish interior including white wooden features and a chandelier hanging from a ceiling rose.
Barry drew up the menu due to his exceptional experience in the catering industry. He was named Scotland’s best chef in 1984, and has approximately 34 years’ experience in the industry.
Customers have praised the restaurant.
Christopher Maughan said: “Best Indian food in Nottingham. Full stop. Very high standard of cooking with attention to detail. Classic flavours done very well. An interesting spin on traditional Indian food with a colonial era twist.”
Moira Cordon added: “You cannot beat the service or food quality. There is a lovely atmosphere too, not too busy or too fancy.”
The owners’ inspiration on the name and theme of the restaurant was inspired by the world’s oldest polo club in Calcutta, the Indian city which is known as Kolkata.
It took Barry and his brother two years to think out the perfect menu, service and ambience for the restaurant.
A meal at The Calcutta Club is devised into chukkas, which includes lamb, chicken dham and fish curry. These are very much the staple dishes of the restaurant.
Runners up for the award included, MemSaab and The Cumin, both are situated on the same street in Nottinghamshire as The Calcutta Club.
Overall a very exciting time for all businesses involved, especially for those that are situated on Maid Marian Way.