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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S


LEGAL VICTORY FOR CURRY HOUSE


grain, minimally milled, and unpolished (or semi-polished) - whether it be basmati, jasmine, or “regular” rice - with its outer layers intact. When a rice features its bran and germ it will offer greater health benefits. Based on Spice


Business Magazine research and findings into various basmati rice brands available on the market, asking restaurants and households from around the country, it seems that households rate Kohinoor rice as


the best basmati rice whereas chefs from various curry houses rate Badsha rice as the best basmati rice for restaurant use in terms of best value for money and the output. It scores highly in terms of its quality, aroma, texture, and output after cooking and customer satisfaction. Other brands which restaurant chefs favour include Tilda, Guru, Daawat, Veetee, Badsha, Laila and Akash basmati rice. Tilda remains as the most popular brand available on the market. n


[Survey based on 100 curry houses and householders across the UK and we appreciate their participation]


THE owners of Glasgow’s Koh-I-Noor restaurant have been awarded £175,000 following a 17-year legal battle against Glasgow City Council. They had sued the council after part of a wall exposed during the demolition of a three-floor tenement collapsed in a gale, crashing through the roof .They claimed the council knew or should have known that after the demolition the wall was in such a condition that it presented a foreseeable danger in the event of high winds. The Court Of Session in Edinburgh had


previously ordered the council to pay the £175,000, plus interest, to K2 Restaurants, which owns the restaurant, but the authority challenged the decision. Recently judges Lord Brodie, Lady Smith and Lord Menzies at the Court Of Session Inner House dismissed the council’s appeal. A spokesman at Koh-I-Noor said: “It was


the council’s fault but the damages go straight to the insurance company. The restaurant won’t be seeing a penny of it, unfortunately. The council is believed to be considering a further appeal. n


GUIDE PROVES NO GUARANTEE OF HYGIENE STANDARDS


A MILTON Keynes restaurant received a zero star hygiene rating - just days after being named in Cobra’s Good Curry Guide. The Silk Road has been told that urgent


improvements are necessary. Following a routine visit by one of the Council’s


Environmental Health Officers in August this year, four hygiene improvement notices and one health


and safety improvement notice were served. These must be complied with by mid-October. The notices related to the training of staff, the cleaning of equipment and structure, as well as food safety management and gas safety. Following the inspection, the premises were


then rated in accordance with national practice, taking into account all of these factors. The rating is published on the Food Standards Agency website. n


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