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Asian Restaurant Awards

Asian Restaurant Awards


Asian foodies can nominate their favourite restaurants and takeaways in the first Asian Restaurant Awards, which will be held at the Manchester Hilton, on Monday 12th February 2018.

The awards are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.

The shortlisted will be determined by members of the public, who can vote online and through Twitter quoting #AsianRestaurantAwards

There will also be awards for the best restaurant suppliers, which will be determined by the votes of restaurateurs, chefs and caterers.

The fill list of awards categories is:

Kitchen Equipment Supplier of the Year
Tableware Company of the Year
Asian Food Company - including drinks
Technology Company of the Year
Best Buffet Restaurant
Best Event Caterer
Best Value Asian Eatery
Gourmet Asian Restaurant of the Year
Best Takeaway
Best Asian Street Food - eat in or takeaway
Best Asian Fusion Food
Asian Restaurateur of the Year
Asian Chef of the Year
Man or Women of the Year

There will also be a number of regional awards for the best local venues.

The Asian Restaurant Awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation, which will also host the Asian Curry Awards, which will be held the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair on Sunday 12th November.

“Now in their 7th year the Asian Curry Awards are immensely popular and winning restaurants receive a tremendous boost to their business, when they feature the prestigious accolade in their marketing programme,” said Asian Catering Federation chairman, Yawar Khan, “But the term ‘curry’ isn’t always relevant, as these are the only awards open to all Asian cuisines.

“Although these awards are national, we also want to host an event in the north of England, to make them more accessible to venues outside London and the south east."

Leading restaurants will be visited by a panel of judges led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide. Whilst the judging criteria are heavily weighted towards the quality of the food and cooking; additional points will be awarded for ambience, customer service, community involvement and hygiene.



Beer O'Clock

Beer O'Clock


Viiking Ventures, the importer of Goa Premium Beer, has revealed that the recipe of its gluten-free craft beer has been tweaked, as it embarks on a consumer-lead push.

The announcement comes in the immediate wake of receiving a prestigious English Asian Business Award for ‘Best Marketed Business’ at a glittering ceremony held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on 31st July. Avocado Media, which also handles the marketing for the Asian Catering Federation and its Asian Curry Awards, ran the campaign.

Brewed by the family-run boutique Impala Distillery & Brewery in Goa, which was acquired in 2015 by Bollywood actor and film producer Sachiin Joshi, the beer is popular as an accompaniment to spicy foods.

Following consumer research as a stand-alone product, taste tested alongside leading premium pilsners, it was felt the formula needed to be enhance if it was to succeed in smart night clubs and style bars.

“We bought our head brewer a plane ticket and invited him to taste leading European pilsners,” said Viiking Ventures MD Ben Parmar. “Goan beers have a unique robust style, and are usually high strength, which can be something of an acquired taste for Western palates.”

Results from blind and open tastings are highly positive.

In blind tastings, with three other leading beers sold in Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants, Goa was the clear leader, being preferred by more than 50 per cent of the sample. When presented with beers in branded glasses and informed that Goa Premium Beer was gluten-free and an authentic Indian import, rather than brewed in the UK under licence, that rating rose to 74%.

The brewer has switched from the use of a 6-row malt, to a finer 2-row which delivers a brighter colour, with improved clarity and more subtle taste. The strength remains at 4.8% ABV.

In this first phase of its introduction to the UK, the focus has been on direct sales to restaurants and retailers, whilst securing wholesale distribution channels.

The emphasis has been on supporting restaurants’ special events, charity fund raisers, gourmet dinners and the introduction of gluten free menus, with PR, social media support, point of sale materials, merchandising, competitions, waiter incentives and a unique Brand Ambassador scheme. A dedicated 10-strong field sales team has ensured rapid take up by restaurateurs and independent retails, with distribution through wholesalers including Booker and Makro.

The focus will now switch to a consumer awareness campaign through Avocado Media. Restyled packaging has been introduced and restaurants will be equipped with a new branded glass with slimmer waist.



Ashford Bierfest

Ashford Bierfest


An open air German Bierfest Ashford will be setting up in Ashford with a 1,200 seat capacity beer garden. North Park in Tannery Lane will be transformed into an open air German village

The family-friendly festival, known as a sommerfest, will feature a selection of souvenir huts selling gifts, exotic drinks like sekt, and food such as bratwurst from Thursay 10th, to Saturday, 12th August.

Staff will be dressed in traditionalal Bavarian costume - Lederhosen for gentleman and Dirndl for ladies.

Beers will be served in giant two-pint steins in 300 capacity beer tent with guests sitting on long benches.

There will be a children’s area where they can enjoy activities such as Hau den Lukas and other German games, while souvenirs will include Tyrolean hats, sweet gingerbread and other gifts.

Entrance to the open air areas is free but table booking is needed to enter the Bier Tent.





Staff Kai’s Kitchen Thai in Tunbridge Wells are "absolutely devastated" after flooding has caused destruction at the property for the second time in two years.

The Thai Restaurant on Mount Pleasant Road, closed for refurbishment for 6 months after damage from flooding in August 2015.

John King, who co owns the popular eatery with his wife Varanya 'Kai' King said the damage from the storm was considerably worse than last time.

"Last time we were able to bail out lots of the water as we were still open but this time it was at 3am and we were not able to do this. We had five foot of water in the cellar"

Mr King blamed council for failing to ensure that the drains are properly de-silted on a more regular basis.


Record Fine for Royal Wells Hotel

Record Fine for Royal Wells Hotel


Shepherd Neame has ben hit with a record fine after failing to deal a rat infestation at a Roayl Wells hotel in Tunbridge Wells. The company
pleaded guilty to four charges of food hygiene offences after action was taken by the borough council.

In June 2016 a member of the council’s Environmental Health Food Team visited the hotel to follow up on a complaint received about rodents in the kitchen.
Offers repeatedly witnessed a widespread rat infestation and other failings that posed a risk to the safety of the food being served. The council deemed there was an imminent risk to health Shepherd Neame voluntarily closed the premises.

they were fined £160,000 and had costs of £9,988 awarded against them.
A spokesperson for Shepherd Neame said: “We wholly accept today’s ruling. This incident should not have happened and we have done everything within our power to ensure it will not happen again. We voluntarily and immediately closed the kitchen and since the incident in June 2016 have carried out all necessary remedial work to the site.

The hotel now has a new management team.


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