6 Greater Manchester eateries recognised at this year's Asian Restaurant Awards
These Greater Manchester Asian restaurants have been recognised among the best in the UK.
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Several Greater Manchester restaurants have been recognised at this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards, which celebrates cuisines of the whole Asian continent.
Winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony on Monday 31 July at the Hilton Manchester Piccadilly, hosted by BBC newsreader Samantha Simonds and awards presented by MP Sire Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee. Top spots are decided by a combination of public votes and a judging panel.
The awards are organised annually by the Asian Catering Federation. Speaking to the event’s 500 guests, the organisation’s chairman Yawar Khan addressed some of the issues that have faced the hospitality industry over the last few years and praised colleagues for adapting to "fresh culinary ideas," as well as their "willingness to embrace the more discerning needs of the public."
The full list of winners, including regional prizes, can be found on the Asian Restaurant Awards website, but here are all the Greater Manchester restaurants and takeaways that took home prizes.
My Lahore – Best Asian Fusion
My Lahore has its flagship restaurant in Bradford, but also has franchises in Manchester, Leeds, Blackburn and Birmingham. You can find the Manchester spot on Wilmslow Road, Manchester’s famed Curry Mile. They describe their menu as British Asian, serving up curries, biryanis, chaat, samosas alongside burgers, a grill menu, pasta dishes and desserts.
Sushi Mami – Best Japanese
Located on Portland Street in the city centre, Sushi Mami is known for its all-you-can-eat sushi and also serves up pokébowls, bento boxes, and an a la carte menu, including tempura dishes, teppanyaki and homemade desserts
Spice Mafia – Restaurant of the Year, North of England
One of the big regional winners was Spice Mafia in Urmston. They serve up a wide variety of South Asian dishes including small plates, chaats, curries, Nepalese momos and other street food favourites.
Indian Plaza – Restaurant of the Year, North of England
Indian Plaza in Audenshaw, Tameside, also went home with a regional award. They have an extensive menu of authentic Indian dishes, with options for takeaway and sitting in. They cater for all tastes and palates, with plenty of options for if you don’t like spicy food.
Peace Garden – Newcomer of the Year
Peace Garden is a Chinese restaurant recently opened on Booth Street. Some of its highlight dishes include Beijing duck, Mao’s braised pork and Yang Zhou style braised pork balls.
Royal Balti House – Just Eat Takeaway of the Year
This popular spot claims to be the oldest Indian restaurant in Bolton. They are no stranger to awards either, with an impressive list of accolades on their website. Their signature dish is the “Bolti” in honour of Bolton, made with Lancashire Sauce made by family firm Entwistle’s of Ramsbottom.