Asian Curry Awards 2022 shortlist revealed – is your local on the list?

The shortlist for the Asian Curry Awards 2022 has been revealed – now it’s time to see if your local restaurant has made the cut.

A record number of nominees will be whittled down by an online public vote before visiting judges determine the eventual winners.

The lucky few will be honoured at an awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on November 20, with the event sponsored by Just Eat.

With restaurateurs facing 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) has urged the public to cast their votes and celebrate what their local areas have to offer.

“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.

“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 100 Top Curry Restaurants guide, which is being published currently, region–by–region, across the UK, at www.Top100curryRestaurants.co.uk, with a paper copy available next year.

The event, organised by the ACF, which represents the nation’s 30,000 restaurant and takeaways, are the only accolades acknowledging the full range of Asian cuisines, and is widely regarded as the sector’s most prestigious.

The Asian Curry Awards cover all Asian and Oriental cuisines including: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Fine Dining Restaurant Of the Year
Navdhanya – Cambridge

Cinnamon Club – Westminster

Benares – Mayfair

Amaya – Mayfair

Jamavar – Mayfair

Carron To Mumbai – Stonehaven

Chez Mumtaj – St Albans

Asian Restaurant Of The Year
London suburbs

Thali Ho – Surbiton

Curry Leaf – Old Coulsdon

Haweli – Ealing

Grand Trunk Road – Woodford

Dulwich Heritage – Dulwich

Babur – Brockley

Indian Essence – Orpington

Saffron Summer – Reigate

Udaya Kerala Restaurant – East Ham

Malai Restaurant – Plumstead

Colonel Saab – Holborn

Caraway Brasserie – Ilford

London
Colonel Saab – WC1

Namaaste Highgate – N6

Quilon – SW1

Rosa Thai – Waterloo

Flora Indica – SW5

Mumbai Delight – Vauxhall

Masala – Spitalfields

South Coast of England
Rivaaz – Lymington

Malika – Brighton

Mahaan – Worthing

Memories Of India – Bosham

The Akash – Southsea, Portsmouth

South East of England
Tamasha – Lindfield

Spice Lounge – Burford

India Gate – Chichester

Hathi Restaurant – Nutley

Tarana – Lingfield

Shampan @ The Spinning Wheel – Westerham, Kent

Rose of Bengal – Crowborough

Tarana Lingfield – Lingfield

Cinnamon Square – Hilldenborogh

INDI18 – Tonbridge

Tumeric Gold – Tudeley

Home Counties
The Rajdani – Sevenoaks

The Don – Welwyn Garden City

Indian Diner – West Wickham

Shampan @ The Spinning Wheel – Westerham

Saffron Summer – Reigate

Midlands and Central England
Maya Bar & Restaurant – Atherstone

Dosa Village – Rugby

The Empress Of India – Mowbray

Third Place – Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Malabar Indian Restaurant – Aldridge, Walsall

Asha – Birmingham

Alleppey Boat Restaurant – Birmingham

Millennium Balti Royal – Leamington Spa

Naya Restaurant – Henley-in-Arden

Pabna – Leek

Opheen – Birmingham

Avatar Dining – Market Harborough

Tandem – Leicester

East of England
Prana Indian Restaurant – Cambridge

The Raj – Kettering

Delhi Live – Romford

Lalbagh Restaurant – Bourn, Cambridge

Tapas – Luton

Indian Ocean – Epping

South West of England
Urban Tandoor – Bristol

Maha Bharat – Kingsbridge

Spice Kitchen – Eastleigh

Bayleaf – Bristol

Nutmeg – Bristol

Turmeric Kitchen 65 – Somerset

Kuti Brasserie – Southampton

Rimjhim – Winchester

Ragini – Devon

The Arjee Bhajee – Bristol

Saffron Indian Takeaway – Salisbury

Cornwall and Devonshire
Denley’s Essence of India – Topsham, Devon

Eastern Eye Indian Restaurant – Newton Abbot

Spice Club – Bridgewater

Pahuna – Plymouth

North of England
Delhi 6 – South Shields

Purple Olive – Ellesmere Port

Shama Bingley – Bingley

Wah Ji Wah – Manchester

Achari – Bolton

Indian Tiffin Room – Leeds

Dabbawa – Newcastle

Al Maidah – Manchester

Purple Olive Liverpool – Liverpool

My Delhi Newcastle – Newcastle

Spice Lounge – Durham

Café Le Raj – Leeds

My Delhi – Sunderland

GupShup – Altrincham

Wales
Sheesh Mahal – Llanelli

Maahis – Wrexham

Ijazz – Wrexham

The Grand Sultan – Port Talbot

Shampan Indian Restaurant – Cowbridge

Red Fort Caerleon – Caerleon, Newport

Jashaan – Cardiff

Scotland
Ignite Restaurant – Edinburgh

Charcoals Restaurant – Glasgow

The Royal Bengal – Dunfermline

Multan Tandoori – Paisley

Sanam Tandoori – Falkirk

Mother India’s Café – Edinburgh

Panache Restaurant – Elgin

Spice Tandoori – Moray

Swadish By Ajay Kumar – Glasgow

Millennium Balti – Glasgow

Takeaway of the Year in association with Just Eat
British Raj Express – Royston

Rajastan Royal – Bristol

Spice Island – Bolton

Chilli Tuk Tuk – London

My Delhi Indian Streetery – Newcastle

Fair Oak Curry House – Eastleigh

Hot Spice – Whitchurch

Rogan Josh – Cheltenham

Yasmins – Newcastle Emlyn

Bombay Cooks – Ashford, Kent

Indian Fusion – Leeds

Rajastan Royal – Bristol

Saffron Indian Takeaway – Salisbury

Tiffin Rasoi – Barry

Mahan Indian Takeaway – Bexley

Chennai’s Marina – Edinburgh

Nepalese Restaurant of the Year
Everest Inn – Ashford

Gurkha Kitchen – Oxted

Saffron Club – Blackheath

Kathmandu South – Ealing

Panas Gurkha Restaurant – Lewisham

Everest Gurkha – York

Pahuna – Plymouth

Middle-Eastern Restaurant of the Year
Ottoman Kitchen – Southampton

Kateh – Little Venice, London

Ozer – London, W1

Za’ta – Baker Street, London

Levant – Marylebone, London

My Delhi Sunderland – Sunderland

Best Asian Fusion Restaurant
Hakkaland – Harrow

Inamo – Covent Garden

Banana Tree – Soho

Best Thai Restaurant
Tarana Thai Lounge – Lingfield

Spice I Am – Worthing

The Guard House – Royston

Champor-Champor – London Bridge, SE1

YUM-YUM – Stoke Newington, London

Smoking Goat – Shoreditch

Lemongrass – Horsham

Suan Thai Restaurant – Romsey

Chinese Restaurant of the Year
Royal China – London

Four Seasons – London

Yuet Ben – Liverpool

Chung Ying – Liverpool

Cosmo – Norwich

Mayflower – Bristol

Tattu – Birmingham

Emperor Court – Bristol

Red Chilli – Manchester

Pinwei – Manchester

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant of the Year
Vegetarian Food Studio – Cardiff

Indian Veg – Chapel Market, London

Zindiya – Birmingham

Roundhill – Brighton

Lilly’s – Manchester

Ragini – Devon

Vegetarian Food Studio – Cardiff

Filipino Restaurant of the Year
Kasa & Kin – London

Cirilo Filipino Kainan – London

Lutong Pinoy – London

Rapsa – London

Street Food Restaurant of the Year
Tifinbox – Aldgate

My Delhi Indian Streetery – Newcastle

Dhaba Indian Street Food – Battersea

Chai Nassto – Beckenham

Local Group and Group Restaurant of the Year
Lemongrass Group – Hove

Akbar’s Group – North England

Aagrah Group – North England

Rosa’s Thai – UK

Newcomer of the Year
Abdyl Kayum – Newcastle

Easy Tiger – Suffolk

Kashmir Restaurant – Rawtenstall

Ritu Seasons Of India – St John’s Wood

Spice Route Andover – Andover

The Everest – Dursley

Junoon – Heslby

The Arjee Bhajee – Bristol

Casual Dining Restaurant
The Pepper Tree – Clapham

Tapas – Indian, Mezze, Grill – Luton

Chef of the Year
Fair Oak Curry House – Southampton

Faz Ahmed – The Akash Restaurant, Southsea

Fardous Ahmed Bablu – Curry Leaf, Coulsden

Rahman Shah Ataur – Shampan Indian Restaurant, Cowbridge

Swadish By Ajay Kumar – Swadish By Ajay Kumar, Glasgow