During a lavish ceremony at Athena on the 24th April, the winners of the Leicester Curry Awards were revealed.
Following thousands of vote cast and mystery visits to all 30 finalists by judges, the winners and runners up for all six categories have been named.
Congratulations to each restaurant that was shortlisted. Here are the names and titles awarded…
Restaurant of the Year was awarded to Chutney Ivy in Halford Street, along with Bombay Bites in Braunstone Gate being awarded the best takeaway in Leicester.
Restaurant of the Year
- Winner – Chutney Ivy
- 1st Runner-up – Cuisine of India
- 2nd Runner-up – Dine India
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
- Winner – Chai Paani
- 1st Runner-up – Sharmilee
- 2nd Runner-up – Indigo
- Winner – Bombay Bites
- 1st Runner-up – Masalas
- 2nd Runner-up – Curry Royal
- Best Pub Restaurant
- Winner – Paddy’s Marten Inn
- 1st Runner-up – The Indian Chef
- 2nd Runner-up – The Woolpack
Best New Restaurant
- Winner – Mumbai Inn
- 1st Runner-up – Saabs Grill
- 2nd Runner-up – Lahore Village
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
- Winner – Shimla Pinks
- 1st Runner-up – Everest Dine
- 2nd Runner-up – Khyber
The awards were launched last November by city media business Pukaar News. They have also been locally supported by The Leicester Murcury.
At the beginning of the process, roughly 200 Asian eateries were asked to nominate their favourite restaurant.
Judges decided to narrow the finalists down to five in each category from originally 5,500 names.
The judges included, councilor Ted Cassidy, former Miss Leicestershire Kate Solomons, BBC TV presenter Ann Davies, ITV news reporter Rajiv Popat and the former Leicester lord mayor.
Managing director of Pukaar News, Romail Gulzar has said, “We have been delighted to witness such a great response from the thousands of people who nominated their favourite eateries and went on to cast their votes. It has been phenomenal.”
The awards ceremony included performances from dancers, singers and dhol players.