Feature Leeds Guide Curry Awards
We tax four of Leeds' best curry restaurants to create their favourite curry, match it with sundries and a drink – who will win?
Feature: Leeds Guide Curry Awards
An annual mainstay for Leeds Guide for many-a-year, the curry awards is a great celebrate some of the best spice-focussed restaurants in our city, taste some exciting flavour combinations and pick our winner for the year. It’s also a pretty good excuse for us to eat curries and talk about good food – as if we needed one!
The Bird at Alea Casino
Situated, as the name suggests, within Clarence Dock’s Alea Casino, The Bird at Alea was devised by the first Indian chef in the UK to gain a Michelin star – Vineet Bhatia – and blends traditional Indian cooking with some very modern twists. Their starters include a tapas-themed sharing plate of Indian street food, while mains vary from traditional handis to banana leaf wrapped pan grilled fish fillets. The restaurant itself is slick and swanky – as you’d expected from somewhere based inside a casino. Alea Casino, 4 The Boulevard, Clarence Dock, LS10 1PZ, 0113 341 3200, www.aleacasinos.com
What they cooked: Nariyal jhinga-chilli coconut prawns; Saffron biryani; Deep fried beetroot and spinach poori (puff breads). To drink: Mint, mango and rose sherbet
This city centre eatery on the edge of Millennium Square has a formidable reputation for quality food and superb presentation. The restaurant specialises in traditional Thai cooking, but the restaurant itself is very sleek, modern and design-led. This combination has made it a popular destination for Leeds diners. New Portland Place, 7 Calverley Street, LS1 3DY, 0113 243 6333, www.thaiedgeleeds.co.uk
What they cooked: Char-grilled tenderloin of beef topped with Thai green curry sauce and Thai red panang curry sauce; Steamed Thai jasmine rice with coconut cream. To drink: Fresh mango and strawberry smoothie.
Opened up in December 2009 on Kirkstall Road, the kitchen at Hasan’s is led by the head chef and pioneer for the much-loved menu at sister restaurant Sheesh Mahal. While the quality of the food is comparable to its neighbouring restaurant, the rest of Hasan’s is very different – it’s a brash, modern Bollywood-themed restaurant, that’s both laid back and opulent. 352-354 Kirkstall Road, LS4 2HQ, 0113 278 8990, www.hasans.co.uk
What they cooked: Nihari (lamb shanks), a traditional Punjabi dish cooked with different intricate spices and served with garnish of garam masala, green chillies, ginger and fresh coriander; fresh garlic and coriander nan. To drink: Sour Fizz, freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime topped with lemonade.
Mango Vegetarian Restaurant
A family run restaurant that operates as vegetarian cafe and deli during the day and as a great Indian restaurant by night. The dishes here are cleverly spiced and put together with care in the open kitchen while you watch. 12 Bank Street, Wetherby, LS22 6NQ, 01937 585 755, www.mangovegetarianltd.co.uk
What they cooked: Malai methi kofta; Baby paratha; Pilau rice; Cucumber raita; Kachumber; Tempered green chilli; Papad; Mango chutney. To drink: Fresh mango lassi.
Four judges for four restaurants. The four chaps charged with the hard task of eating four different curries and chatting about them were Leeds Guide editor Tom Goodhand, who should hopefully know a bit about good food, because he looks after the food and drink section of this very magazine. Rating alongside Tom were Nick Copland, who runs The Source at Leeds Kirkgate Market. The Sourc
Posted on Wednesday 10th August 2011
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Comments on Feature: Leeds Guide Curry Awards
Comment by S SinghPosted on Thu 11th Aug 11 3:36 pm
is it on Leeds guide paper edition or just internet? , when is this being published in paper edition? thanks
Comment by Simon GoldblumPosted on Thu 11th Aug 11 3:56 pm
It’s in the new magazine which came out yesterday as well as online.