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New look Mem-Saab benefits from relocation

vate dining facilities with exclusive areas for special occasions, stand-up receptions, conferences and board- room meetings. The restaurant, which is housed is a Grade listed building, is able to accommodate large num- bers of guests as they can combine two conference rooms together where necessary. Diners can also eat at the Chef’s Table, overlooking the busy kitchen environment, giving them a unique experience.

Leicester-based Mem-Saab was awarded Best Newcomer at the British Curry Awards 2010 following a recent relocation to the £350 million Highcross Shopping Precinct. As businesses around their previous location began to fold, Mem-Saab received numer- ous requests to move to Highcross Shopping Precinct, where they would be closer to Leicester’s biggest leisure attractions. After completely rede- signing the entire infrastructure and décor of the restaurant, Mem-Saab’s

own customers nominated them for the prestigious British Curry Award.

While in a different setting, the values and qualities of the restaurant have remained the same. Mem-Sab contin- ues to serve up North Indian Punjab dishes, as well as a traditional English menu for those with particular prefer- ences as well as a range of vegetarian dishes.

Mem-Saab is also able to offer pri-

Ashoka Johnstone goes from strength to strength

hall with a lofty ceiling and twinkling chandeliers, giving it an opulent feel and great atmo- sphere. Chef Gill says,”We have been going strength to strength every year and we are lucky to have an excel- lent and loyal customer base including celebrities, such as Eastenders stars, TV actors and football players.”

The winner of Best in Scotland, Ashoka Johnstone opened in 1990, and two decades later its reputa- tion is still unrivalled, with a strong following across Renfrewshire. The restaurant features a grand dining

Success in the British Curry Awards was the ‘icing on the cake’ for the restaurant. According to Gill, “Winning

the British Curry Award was the best achievement for me after over 25 years in the catering business. I was so humble to receive it, for me personally and for my dedicated team that work so hard day in day out. I would also like to thank the organisers for making this dream possible for us.”

Ashoka Johnstone 3 Rankine street, Johnstone. PA5 8AY T:01505 336363 W:

Complete with a fully licensed cham- pagne and piano bar selling all manner of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, Mem-Saab promote a chef’s special every month which, if proved popular, becomes a permanent fixture in the restaurant’s menu. Their head chef has been with them for three years and makes a special effort to source fresh, local produce supporting Leicestershire businesses.

Mem-Saab, 59-59A, Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4PF T: 0116 253 0243 F: 0116 262 7317 E: W:

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