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Spice Up Your Life: Britain’s Top Curries

Spice Up Your Life: Britain’s Top Curries

8 October 2017 | Nicola Freedman

We’re a nation that loves a Sunday roast, fish and chips, and a fluffy Victoria sponge. However, one of the country’s most popular dishes is a top-notch curry. From traditional dhal and piping hot naan, to more modern renderings, we simply can’t get enough of the exotic, punchy flavours of Indian cuisine. To celebrate National Curry Week (9-15 October), we reveal the best spots to get some mouthwatering curries.

Lasan, Birmingham


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Since its opening in 2002, Lasan has earned rave reviews with its lighter, inventive approach to traditional Indian cuisine. The fine dining restaurant uses only the best of British produce and modern techniques, to create refined dishes packed with flavour. Its perhaps unsurprising then that Lasan has gained a loyal following among locals, visitors and British celebrities (Ant and Dec, and Gary Barlow are all self-confessed fans). Currently under a major refurbishment, Lasan is set to reopen later this month with a stunning and more spacious interior, and a fantastic new menu to match.

Lasan can be found at 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James St, St Pauls Sq, Birmingham B3 1SD


Urban Tandoor, Bristol
 

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For authentic and delicious Indian food in Bristol there is simple no better than Urban Tandoor. With a focus on providing fresh, healthy dishes, the restaurant has won numerous awards since its opening, and was most recently named ‘Restaurant of The Year 2017 for the South West’. Naturally, the superb food, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff have firmly cemented Urban Tandoor as one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants.  
 
Urban Tandoor can be found at 13 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DE

Dishoom, London


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While Brick Lane is dotted with endless curry houses, avoid the tourist trap and head to Dishoom. One of the city’s most popular spots, queues often snake around the corner as locals and visitors eagerly wait to be seated. Given the Bombay-styled café’s buzzing atmosphere, and terrific food and drink menu, it isn’t hard to see why. While the menu is extensive, you absolutely must try their signature black dahl and the infamous bacon and egg naan roll - a strong contender for the ultimate hangover meal. Just don’t forget to order the incredible house chai, which is bottomless during breakfast hours. We repeat – the house chai is bottomless during breakfast hours.

Dishoom can be found at various locations across London.


Prithvi, Cheltenham
 

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Located on popular Bath Road, Prithvi (‘Mother Earth’ in Sanskrit) is widely considered one of the best restaurants in Cheltenham. Expertly combining British produce with Indian spice, the fine dining restaurant is the perfect spot for a special occasion. To get a proper taste of the menu, opt for the Prithvi Tour - a set menu of some of the restaurant’s best dishes. With sublime food and excellent service, guests can expect to enjoy a memorable dining experience in an intimate and relaxed surrounding.
 
Prithvi can be found at 37 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HG

 

Kismot, Edinburgh


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Looking to try Scotland’s hottest curry? Test your limit at Kismot, home of the world famous Kismot Killer. The world’s top 5 hottest chilies are combined to create the deadly dish, which is free if you manage to finish it (be warned - the restaurant doesn’t take any responsibility for the bodily functions after you eat the curry). However, if extremely hot food doesn’t take your fancy, the friendly family-run diner also serves milder traditional and modern Indian dishes. The restaurant is also BYOB, so don’t forget to bring your favourite bottle to accompany your meal.

Kismot can be found at 29 St. Leonard's St, Edinburgh EH8 9QN

 

The Mint Room, Bath
 
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Redefining Indian Cuisine, The Mint Room’s menu is a tour de force of creative and vibrant cooking. Mentioned in the Michelin Guide, the stylish fine-dining restaurant has skillfully turned local ingredients into modern Indian classics. The attention to detail in each dish is remarkable, and any one of the fantastic South Indian inspired dishes is sure to impress. If we are to make one suggestion though, order a serve (or two) of the seriously moreish deconstructed samosas. You won’t regret it.
 
The Mint Room can be found at Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd, Bath BA2 3EB
 

Mint and Mustard, Cardiff


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Don’t expect to find your standard curry at Cardiff’s first, and most awarded, Indian restaurant. With branches across the UK, Mint and Mustard masterfully combines Keralan inspired cuisine with the panache of British style. Using local ingredients, and a “slow food” approach, each dish is fresh, light and fragrant. While the menu features countless mouthwatering options, make sure to order the Tiffin Cup award-winning sea bass pollichathu and the fig and fresh coriander naan, hot from the tandoor. Did we mention they also do home delivery?

Mint and Mustard can be found at 134 Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff CF14 3LZ

 

Asha’s, Manchester


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While Manchester may be known for its infamous 'Curry Mile', for a meal at the city’s most glamorous Indian restaurant, book a table at Asha’s. Created by Bollywood icon Asha Bhosle, and featured in the Michelin Guide, the multi-award winning restaurant attracts locals and visitors with it's contemporary spin on authentic Indian dishes, and distinctive North-West flavours. The exquisite food is matched by an impressive drink selection at the downstairs BolliBar, where local mixology expert Jamie Jones has designed a list of inventive cocktails.

Asha’s can be found at 47 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NG

 

The Curry Leaf Cafe, Brighton


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Offering a quirkier take on South Indian street food, The Curry Leaf Café is a true Brighton Lane gem. While the relaxed eatery serves classic dishes such as thali, excellent lassi’s and local favourite Goan Fish Kadi, don’t look past their fusion specials, which have previously included a masala-battered fish and chips (this is Brighton after all!). Pair your meal with a craft beer, or one of their killer cocktails, and you’re in for a treat.

The Curry Leaf can be found at 60 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE

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