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News & Views Bristol restaurateur launches new venture


The Grange Hotel in Keynsham, midway between Bristol and Bath, has been through a major makeover under the guidance of Amit Lakhani, the man who was formerly behind the Bristol vegetarian restaurant Pushpanjali and most recently Myristica, which is con- sidered to be one of the city’s best spice restaurants.


The hotel has a brand new restaurant, Mehak, and a refurbished kitchen,


which is headed by executive chef Silva Pitchai, who has an impressive track record including spells at Mint Leaf and The Cinnamon Club in London. Signature dishes on the menu include rabbit varuval (a southern Indian dish of rabbit tossed with onions, chillies, curry leaves and spices) and sea bass marinated in lime juice and cooked with tomato, lemongrass and lime leaf masala. Front of House management is led by Anuj Jaiswal, formerly of The


Bristol Hotel, a member of the exclu- sive Doyle Collection group.


The restaurant has some interesting promotional ideas. For example it is offering its own free “rickshaw” taxi service as a way of encouraging those who want to come to the restaurant and have a drink to leave their cars at home.


Curry restaurants teach children well


Two students at Quensbury School in Halifax, Harry Maurice and Jacob Carston, recently got the chance to try


out their cooking skills at the Mumtaz Restaurant in Leeds. Restaurateur Mumtaz Khan met the Year 8 pupils at the Junior Curry Chef Finals organ- ised by Bradford College. They were the youngest in the competition and Mr Khan was so impressed he invited them to cook for his customers.


The boys produced two chicken dishes - a Rogan Josh and a Balti - under the guidance of Mr Khan and they were passed around diners in the res- taurant. Enterprise teacher Rahila Hussain said: “It was an amazing opportunity for the boys and one they will never forget.”


Meanwhile in Gateshead school kids


spiced up their day with a visit to a local restaurant for a lesson in healthy eating. Children aged between 7 and 11 visited the Jashn, which specialises in cooking dishes with little or no oil or butter. During the trip, which is one of a number of educational initiatives Jashn is hosting with schools in the local area, the children were taught about the importance of a healthy diet.


New owners for MemSaab


A well-known Nottingham restau- rant, MemSaab, has changed hands, although the new owners promise to carry on much as before, building fur- ther on its success. All the waiters and kitchen staff will still be employed, ensuring continuity of service.


Naj Aziz was the longtime proprietor of MemSaab, but he has decided to sell up to husband and wife Deepak and Amita Sawhney, and their partner Sanjeev Sachdeva. Amita comes from a family that is well versed in the res- taurant business and had been looking at restaurants in Nottingham for some time.


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Naj now plans to concentrate on other business interests. He will, though, continue to have a behind-the-scenes advisor role at MemSaab.


May/June 2012


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