Asian Curry Awards 2022: Three Birmingham restaurants make the shortlist
A record number of restaurants have been shortlisted - now the public can vote for their favourites
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The shortlist for this year’s Asian Curry Awards has been unveiled - and three amazing Birmingham restaurants are included.
The shortlist has been published along with the announcement of a new category, the inaugural Pat Chapman Memorial Award - in memory of the awards long-time chairman of judges who died in July.
A record number of nominees will now be whittled down by online public vote – before visiting judges determine the eventual winners – who will be honoured at a glitter awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 20th November, sponsored by Just Eat.
Which restaurants have made the shortlist in Birmingham?
A total of 13 restaurants across the Midlands and central England have made the shortlist, including three in Birmingham. These are:
Asha’s - on Newhall Street in Birmingham city centre which serves contemporary Indian cuisine and is owned by famou Hindi actress Asha Bhosie. It’s also where Tom Cruise chose to dine out while he was filming Mission Impossible 7 in the city.
Alleppey Boat - on Robin Hood Island near Hall Green prides itself on being a modern twist on the historic large barges of Kerala in India. Here you will find a culinary journey offering a huge variety of delicious authentic Indian dishes.
Opheem - on Summer Row in Birmingham city centre. This Michelin starred venue, created by acclaimed chef Aktar Islam who grew up in Aston, offers Indian fine dining at its best.
Spice lovers can vote for their favourite Asian restaurants and takeaways via the Asian Curry Awards website.
Why is it so important to support local restaurants?
With restaurateurs facing a ‘quadruple whammy’ of rising food prices, increased energy costs, staff shortages and customers experiencing a cost-of-living crisis, Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), urged the public to cast their votes, as a prestigious accolade can have a significant boost to an establishment’s bottom line.
“Every week I hear from another owner closing their restaurant because they cannot see an end in sight to the economic situation – but an award win can bring a massive upsurge in trade,” said Khan, adding, “For customers wanting to help their favourite restaurants survive, their votes can be crucial.”
This year winners will also be included in the ACF’s new ‘One Hundred Top Curry Restaurants’ guide, which is being published currently, region–by–region across the UK, with a printed version being available next year.
A bit more info about the Asian Curry Awards 2022
The event, organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which represents the nation’s 30,000 restaurant and takeaways, are the only accolades acknowledging the full panoply of Asian cuisines, is widely regarded as the sector’s most prestigious.
The Asian Curry Awards cover all Asian and Oriental cuisines: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. The awards are also supported by Cobra Beer and Work Permit Cloud.