The annual Asian Curry Awards celebrate Asian cuisine across the country and this year a number of the city’s top Asian restaurants made the final.
Meanwhile, Indian Fusion is also Leeds’ only takeaway to have been shortlisted in the Takeaway of the Year category. This is the second time Indian Fusion has been nominated for Takeout of the year, also nominated for the English Curry Awards earlier this year. In the Group Restaurant of the Year, a total of three local restaurants were shortlisted. These included, Akbar’s group, Aagra Group and Rosa’s Thai.
Akbar’s is a South Indian restaurant chain with restaurants in the north and Kashmiri Aagrah Restaurant has three locations in Leeds. Rosa’s Thai was founded in London and opened its first location in Leeds in May 2019, in Trinity Leeds.
The Asian Curry Awards are organized by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents the country’s 30,000 restaurants and takeaways. It is also the only awards ceremony in the UK that celebrates all Asian cuisines.
ACF President Yawar Khan understands the challenges restaurants are currently facing. Dubbed the “quadruple whammy,” restaurants across the country are experiencing rising food prices, rising energy costs and staffing shortages, alongside customers experiencing a cost of living crisis.
Yawar said: “Every week I hear from another owner closing their restaurant because they see no end in sight to the economic situation – but a reward can lead to a massive increase in trade.” Restaurants in Leeds that have experienced closure due to these issues include malaysia in October this year, saying it was “impossible” to keep restaurants running with rising prices.
This year, the Asian Curry Awards will also present an inaugural Pat Chapman Memorial Award to a restaurant, in honor of the late, longtime judge who passed away in July. The judges will announce the winners at Grosvenour House in London on Sunday 20 November.