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A curry worth waiting for


national competition between constit- uencies, and who lives on Barra, says, “We have the best little curry house in Scotland, with exceptional customer service.”


Thursday is the only day that the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry runs between the two islands and even though Coll has a population of only 200, Café Kismul sometimes supplies more than 30 orders on these sail- ings. The dishes are cooked by owners Rohal and Pauline Bari and put in special heat-resistant containers with reheating instructions.


The orders are placed by Coll resident


A restaurant on a Hebridean isle is supplying what is claimed to be the UK’s lon- gest takeaway.


Islanders on Coll place their orders on Thursdays with Café Kismul in Castlebay on Barra, and they arrive after a four-hour long ferry journey. The Western Isles’ MP, Angus MacNeil, who recently nominated Café Kismul for the Tiffin Cup, a


Tony Oliver, who works for CalMac. He adds, “We usually have ten to 15 cur- ries ordered, but it can be double that. Rohal’s curries are very good and have some delicate tastes.”


UK curry houses


Curry houses in the UK will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years, claims the renowned food journalist Peter Grove. The editor of Spice n Easy, Masala and Mood Food magazines said that, like most businesses, curry houses suffered during the economic downturn, but the difference is that this type of restaurant is ‘very resilient’ as its employees do not mind put- ting in extra work.


His comments were made during National Curry Week 2010, which marks the 200-year anniversary of the opening of the first dedicated Indian restau- rant in the UK.


“National Curry Week has got the dual purpose of celebrating what has been called Britain’s national dish, but also the more serious side of raising money for people who are perhaps less advan- taged than us,” says Mr Grove. Various events were organised to mark the week, which took place in late November, and raise money for The Curry Tree Charitable Fund, which supports the poor and less advantaged of south-east Asia and the world in general.


Spice Business Magazine 13 December 2010


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