Restaurant hopes to tikka judges’ fancy

Mohammed Hussain
Mohammed Hussain

An Indian restaurant which has been in business for more than 30 years has reached the finals of the ‘Curry Oscars’.

The Royal Tandoori in Rockingham Road, Corby, has been shortlisted from more than 250,000 nominations in this year’s British Curry Awards.

The restaurant has made it through to the final 108 after impressing judges, who visited anonymously.

Owner Mohammed Hussain said: “We are both honoured and humbled to be nominated.

“We feel strongly about our business and the impact we can deliver for our customers, and are thrilled to see such positive recognition from the British Curry Awards jury and its expert panel of judges.

“I want to express my gratitude to my family who have supported me in everything and a big thank you to all our customers who have supported us over the years.”

Mohammed’s father started the business as a takeaway in 1979. In 2006 it expanded into the building next door and became a restaurant. Mohammed added: “These awards are important for restaurants and can be a real stepping stone. It’s great for the chefs because it’s always their ambition to win an award.”

One of the most popular dishes on the menu, Naga Moris chicken, is one of the hottest and is made with crushed chilies. The restaurant uses local suppliers as much as possible and recently has been awarded five stars for hygiene in the Scores on the Doors scheme.

This isn’t the first time it has reached the finals of an award, having got through to the Spice Times finals in 2010. Mohammed said: “Once you get a taste for awards night you want to go back every year.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday, November 26.