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Bromley Balti belt tops the lot

A survey by Cobra Beer has found that the town of Bromley on the outskirts of London is the curry house capital of the UK, with one restaurant for every 853 inhabitants. According to the survey by Cobra beer, Bromley was curry miles ahead of second-placed Epsom, which has one for every 1691 resi- dents and third-placed Reading, with one for every 2861 people. Other curry

hot spots in the Top 10 are Leicester, Cardiff, Doncaster, Tunbridge Wells, St. Albans, Loughborough and Cambridge.

The study also found Taj Mahal was the most popular name for an Indian restaurant followed by Taste of India, Maharaja, Akash, Spice Lounge and Monsoon.

However the survey has caused con- troversy in some quarters. Raj Rana, owner of Birmingham restaurant Itihaas, has hit out and said quality and heritage made Birmingham the undis- puted curry capital. Aktar Islam, head chef at another Birmingham-based restaurant Lasan, said, “It’s not just on concentration. It’s about quality. “

Banking on Banksy

A Glasgow curry restaurant has insured a picture of rat, allegedly sprayed on its wall by legendary graf- fiti artist Banksy, for £20,000, believing it to be very valuable.

Staff at the Nakodar Grill claim the rodent, carrying a paint pot and roller,

is one of the famous street artist’s trademark designs.The faded image had been hidden for years by weeds and is partly painted over, but it is now framed and protected by an alarm. Customers at the restaurant can have their photo taken with the ‘Banksy’ rat.

Police act after sex assault at eatery

Police ordered a Peterborough res- taurant to improve security after an alleged sexual assault on the premises. Shalimar Gardens, has been forced to cut back its Thursday to Saturday closing time from 5am to 2am and has been ordered to place a ban on people drinking without having a meal.

Cambridgeshire police made an appli- cation to Peterborough City Council to review the restaurant’s licence after an incident in which a woman was attacked. This was described as being ‘ the last straw’ after a number of public order incidents at the restaurant since Christmas.

President plans ‘Obama platter’

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had a special curry platter named after her when she visited India last year. Now President Obama says he plans to create one of his own when he visits the country later this year.

The ‘Hillary platter’ was created at Delhi’s famous Bukhara restaurant in July 2009. Dishes within the plat- ter include murgh malai kabab , seekh kabab , paneer tikka , tandoori aloo , sikandari raan, dal bukhara , ‘tandoori jinga , mixed raita, naan and kulfi.

Management issues were highlighted but David Shaheen, owner of Shalimar Gardens, said he had stepped up secu- rity after guidance from police.

Spice Business Magazine


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