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Norfolk & Good22-11-2013
Brighton’s fine dining Indian Summer restaurant has signed a deal with the InnBrighton pub chain to run catering at its Duke of Norfolk pub on Western Road, from which it will launch its new ‘Indian Summer Kitchen’ concept on Friday 29th November.
The “Indian Summer Kitchen” brand offers a shortened menu of "more rustic" dishes than the Brighton original in East Street, which has been winning plaudits for more than a decade.
Indian Summer plans expand the brand throughout the south east with its own standalone operations offering, "the British public the chance to sample authentic Indian cooking, rather than the pastiche of the sub continent's culinary heritage, served by too many supposed Indian restaurants” and aims “to break the mould."
The menu will include shuraat snacks, such as Sanchar Papdi, a tasty gram flour snack preparation with mango and pineapple chutney for £2.50.
A selection of street foods features Bhel Puri a Mumbai street snack of puffed rice, gram flour sticks with potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and red onions. Served with coriander, tamarind & yoghurt chutneys for £4.25.
Mains have the popular Indian Summer Nariyali Swordfish steak in a coconut, chilli, mint & yoghurt marinade served with roasted fennel potatoes, mixed salad and cumin raita at £9.50
Desserts like the Chilli & Chocolate Sponge with vanilla ice cream Mango Bruleé with shortbread are all priced at £3.50.
On Sundays, customers can opt for tradition English roasts or Indian Thalis.
Indian Summer believes that many established restaurateurs have been slow to adapt their offerings and have seen their trade diminish whilst there has actually been a growth in the eating out sector in the South East, despite the tough economic environment of recent years.
They are critical of Indian restaurant owners for failing to take their lunch time trade seriously and maintain that the sector is moving away from the post pub market, for heavy curries “swimming in oil” – for healthier, lighter dishes.”
May Contain Nuts22-11-2013
Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, author of international best seller, ‘Eat Yourself Young’, has announced ‘Go Nuts!’, an organic, slow-release protein snack for an between-meal pick-me-up or to satisfy a sweet cravings.
Hand-made in the UK, Go Nuts! has no preservatives, GM ingredients, E numbers, refined sugar, fillers nor gluten and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
There are four varieties: Chocolate - prunes, raisins, almond nuts, Brazil nuts and 90% dark chocolate; Cinnamon - almonds, Brazil nuts, prunes, raisins and cinnamon; Vanilla - prunes, raisins, almond nuts, Brazil nuts, vanilla powder and sesame seeds; and Coconut - prunes, raisins, almond nuts, Brazil nuts and coconut chips.
Go Nuts! come six to a bag at £2.80.
Over 1000 leading Asian restaurateurs, VIPs and embassy dignitaries gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to honour the winners of Asian Curry Awards 2013 on Sunday 17th November - a joint venture organised by the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers and the Asian Catering Federation.
Curry-loving Secretary for State the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP was on hand to present the trophies.
Shamim Syed of Durbar Tandoori in Bayswater was named ‘Chef of the Year’ and Sabbir Karim of Bloombury’s Salaam Namaste, London WC1 won ‘Best Innovative Chef’. The Cinnamon Club’s Jai V Kadam was revealed as ‘Young Chef of The Year’ and Hesan Choudhury of The Purple Rooms in Birmingham is ‘Young Restaurateur of the Year’.
‘Best Restaurant’ went to Tops Buffet, Manchester (Chinese), Oishii Japanese Eatery, London (Japanese), Stay House London , (Malaysian), Everest Inn, Hythe, Kent (Nepalese) ‘Best Thai’ was shared between Mai Thai in Peterborough and Thai Lounge, Lingfield in Surrey.
Regional awards for ‘Best South Asian Restaurant and Takeaway’ went to: London - Anokha, EC3 (Overall Winner) Salaam Namaste (WC2) ‘Newcomer of The Year’, Dewaniam, SE23, ‘Best Take Away’; London Suburbs - Coriander, Hatch End, Stoneleigh Brassiere, Epsom ‘Newcomer of The Year’, Mahan, Bexley (Best Take-Away), Swad, New Malden (Newcomer/Take Away of The Year), South Coast - Memories of India (Bosham) and Cosham Balti ‘Best Take Away’; South East - Shakil's, Bicester (Overall), Desi Indian Dining Club, Grays (Newcomer of The Year) and Mahan Indian Take Away, Bexley (Best Take Away); South - Indi's, Bournemouth; Devon & Cornwall - Maha Bharat, Kingsbridge; East of England - Zafran, Westcliff-on-Sea and Riverside Spice, Earls Colne (shared); East Midlands - Royal Tandoori, Corby; West Midlands - Agra Palace, Nuneaton; North East - Days Of the Raj, Gosforth (Overall), Jewel in the Crown, Birtley (Best Take Away); Yorkshire & Humber -The Original Dil Raj, Barnsley; Wales - Sheesh Mahal, Llanelli; Scotland – Nawaabs Tandoori, Aberdeen.
Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a message of support by video link to the nation’s 35,000 Asian caterers. Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide, chaired a team of judges.
For a complete list of winners visit:
Following unprecedented in demand for authentic Indian menus at weddings, the outside catering division of Brighton’s award-winning Indian Summer restaurant has announced new menus for nuptial celebrations.
Indian Summer generally caterers for up to 20 weddings a year, with party sizes varying from 80 to 160. In only about a quarter of their weddings is one or more of the celebrants from an Indian background.
“Most of our clients are from an English background, but they’re looking to avoid the usual food served at some ‘traditional ‘weddings and offer guests something special,” said Indian Summer co owner Minesh Agnihotri.
Indian Summer offers wedding menus from £32 to £52 a head plus, canapés, buffets and a bespoke service with personalised wedding breakfasts.
Kent's Worst Kept Secret08-11-2013
Margate restaurateur Dev Biswal is perplexed by being declared by The Times newspaper as one the ‘Top 20 Secret Restaurants That Foodies Love’. The report describes Margate as “the scruffy seaside town done good . . . fast becoming a foodie destination” with The Ambrette at its heart.
“It’s always nice to be featured in the national press, but I didn’t think we were particularly secret,” said the bemused Dev Biswal who is the resident chef on Channel 4 TV’s ‘Superscrimpers’ programme and has also appeared this year on BBC1, ITV and Radio 4’s Food Programme’ in addition to his numerous features in the local media.
The Times’ pull out restaurant guides to the best places to eat in the UK are produced in association with Harden’s restaurant guide. Founded in 1991 by brothers Richard and Peter Harden, their guide collates restaurant-goers’ feedback to produce statistical analysis and ratings. This year more than 9,000 dinners participated in their surveys that form the basis of the 2014 guides, which list more than 3,000 restaurants.
The Ambrette is recommended by all the major restaurant guides and has around 6,500 Twitter followers. Leading food critics from every national newspaper have travelled to the Kent town to review The Ambrette’s noted cooking. Unusually for an independent provincial restaurant, The Ambrette regularly appears on tabloid news pages.
Its trophy cabinet is crammed with national and regional awards galore and The Ambrette is already short-listed for several more in 2014.
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