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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S CURRY FAN GOES THE EXTRA MILE


KEN Downie, who lives in Livingston, Scotland, is so in love with the curry produced by Leicester restaurant , Khyber Tandoori, that he regularly pays for it to be couriered more than 300 miles to his door. However a recent delivery was a bit different as the restaurant turned it into a fundraising trip and sent one of its other customers, Martin Collins, on a motorbike to deliver it in person. The cost of the meal - £170 - was matched by the Khyber and given to charity HoverAid, which uses


New venture for Cyrus


ASSADO, the new restaurant from Chef Cyrus Todiwala, is all set to open in March this year in London’s Waterloo area. Described as a premier casual dining restaurant, Assado - based on the Portuguese word for roast - will give Cyrus yet another chance to demonstrate his innovative flair, as exemplified by Café Spice Namaste, which he opened 18 years ago. Cyrus Todiwala says,”This will be a new take on East meets West. Not many people realise that the Portuguese explorers


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hovercraft to deliver aid to the poor in hard-to-reach parts of Madagascar.


Martin says, “HoverAid is run by an old school friend and when I heard the owner Dinesh talking in the restaurant about how he regularly couriers a delivery to a man in Scotland, I piped up and said that I’d be happy to bike the next one up. Everyone’s a winner really, aren’t they? Ken got his curry, the restaurant gets to complete its order and the charity gets a couple of hundred quid.” The meal that Ken Downie


were the first to experiment with spices such as cinnamon, pepper, cloves and nutmeg. The world woke up to new flavours because the Portuguese shared with Europeans what they’d discovered in places like Asia, Africa and the Americas. But they also


influenced local


cuisines in the territories that they discovered, and so you will find the food in Goa is very much influenced by Portuguese cuisine.” However, Todiwala insists that


Assado, which he will run with Pervin Todiwala, will not confine


and his family tucked into included a special salad baby corn pakora, mixed pakora and chicken wings as starters. This was followed by a main course of Indian mixed vegetable curry, lamb curry masala, lamb chops curry, chicken tikka, vegetable kadai and chilli chicken with mushroom pilau, saffron and pilau rice, and garlic and kabuli naa. The food travelled 315 miles and took Martin just over 5 hours door to door on his trusty BMW motorbike. n


itself strictly to Goan cuisine, nor should it be mistaken for a Portuguese restaurant. Rather the dishes will combine the flavours of India with the kind of food Portugal has given the world in a fresh way. Open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 11:00pm, Assado promises something for everyone. There will be


deli counter to serve dishes to take-away, while the live kitchen will showcase hot meals as they are prepared for those dining-in. The bar will serve a election of wines, spirits, port and cocktails with Brazilian and Portuguese influences. n


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