The inaugural Md Azifur Rahman Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Curry Community in the Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2018, sponsored by the Spice Card, goes to Karri Twist (New Cross). Pictured below: Tazkia Rahman, grandaughter of Md Afizur Rahman, who opened the restaurant in 1957.
Pictured: Tazkia Rahman with customer Roger Hepworth, who has been eating in Karri Twist since the 1960s.
The Special Award in 2018 in the Greenwich Curry Club Awards, sponsored by the Spice Card, goes to Panas Gurkha (Lewisham) for Outstanding Vegetarian and Vegan Food. Pictured: restaurant owner Mr Sujan.
The restaurant offering Outstanding Service in 2018 in the Greenwich Curry Club Awards, sponsored by the Spice Card, is Kesar (Charlton). Pictured from left: Somu, (restaurant boss), Harjeeth Singh (tandoor chef), Narayan (curry chef), Geetha (chef), Gabi (manager), Gurdeep Singh (owner), Akshay (waiter).
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2018 sponsored by the Spice Card and supported by the Greenwich Visitor.
Favourite Restaurant: Gurkha’s Inn (Greenwich) Favourite Dedicated Takeaway: Mogul Home Kitchen (Greenwich) Outstanding Service: Kesar (Charlton) Outstanding Value: Pathiri (Greenwich) Favourite Newcomer: King of Punjab (Isle of Dogs) Special Award (for Oustanding Vegetarian and Vegan Food): Panas Gurkha (Lewisham) Md Afizur Rahman Award (for Contribution to the Curry Community): Karri Twist (New Cross)
This article appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Greenwich Visitor newspaper.
In a recent survey we asked: “How much do you expect to spend when you visit an Indian restaurant per person, including drinks?”
More than half of people (58%) said they’d be looking at over £25, while 24% were settling for a nice £21-24 and 16% just £16-£20. Some 2% reckon they can get out for a curry in a restaurant for under £15. Must be a fun night that one!
In a recent survey we asked: “Where do you get your curries?”
Eating out is still the number one when it comes to getting the spice fix it seems, with 72% of people saying they go to a restaurant for their curry. Some 21% of home birds like to order a takeaway for delivery, although no-one said they’d pick up a takeaway themselves. Lazy, lazy, now. A few (just 7%) said they’d cook their own.
The Spice Card is a discount card that offers savings on curries, including on takeaways at many venues. Get your Spice Card here…
In a recent survey we asked: “What’s your choice of protein when you order a curry?”
Baaaa. Good old lamb proved to be popular with 48% of people, with chicken, somewhat surprisingly, trailing with 26%. Vegetables or lentils options – and there are certainly some good ones on Indian menus – were the choice of 20%, while fish or prawns mustered just 6% of the vote. Price was no doubt a factor here, with king prawns outstripping most menu items by a fair whack.
The Spice Card is a discount card offers savings of curries, including on takeaways in many venues. Get your Spice Card here…
In a recent survey we asked: “When you order a takeaway curry how much do you tip the driver?”
A rather stingy 68% replied “nothing, I’ve paid already!” A bit of loose change surely guys and gals? Some 12% did say they’d tip the loose change, the same number who’d give 10% of the bill to the driver. A rather indignant 8% declared that they’d tip “more than that!” I’m pretty sure I know which group will be getting their curries quicker next time…
In a recent survey we asked: “When it comes to the popadoms what is your favourite pickle/chutney?”
A whopping 50% of popadom lovers prefer the sharp, tangy accompaniment Lime Pickle, which beat the sweeter Mango Pickle into second place with 25%. Some 19% like the crunchy Onion Salad, while Mint Sauce picked up just 6% of the votes. Get dipping…
In a recent survey we asked: “What’s your favourite Indian side dish?”.
In a close run result there was a surprising winner with Saag Paneer taking 30% of the votes for favourite side dish. The Classic Bombay Aloo polled level with Tarka Dhall on 25%, while trailing in fourth place was Aloo Gobi on 20%.
In a recent survey we asked: “What’s your favourite curry?”
Jalfrezi stormed the poll, with 41% saying that dish was their favourite. Tikka Masala, once dubbed “a national dish of Britain”, flopped with, surprisingly, only 19% of curry lovers choosing the old creamy favourite that was once dubbed a “national dish of Britain”. Biryani polled 22% and Madras 18%.
In a recent survey we asked: “How hot can you go with your curries?”
The Goan classic, Vindaloo was a narrow winner with our spice heads, just pipping that perennial favourite Madras, which was preferred by 29% of curry fans. The super hot Phall polled 19% among the serious heat lovers, while another 19% said they couldn’t eat anything that hot. Korma or Chicken Tikka Masala it is for them then.
In a recent survey we asked “When it comes to bread in an Indian restaurant what do you go for?”
The runaway winner with 53% of people was the good old classic Nan. Perfect for mopping up that delicious sauce no doubt. Some 27% plumped for another type of nan (Peshwari, Keema, Garlic etc), while 20% prefer Chapati/Roti.
In a recent survey we asked: “What’s your favourite starter in an Indian restaurant?”
Sheekh Kebab came out tops with 38% of voters plumping for the meaty favourite. Another 24% prefer the other old-school favourite, Samosas, the same number that would go for Prawn Puri. Surprisingly Onion Bhajis received just 14% of the votes. One person asked if he could have a beer instead… Of course, sir.
In a recent survey we asked “What’s a reasonable time to wait for a curry delivery on a Saturday night (assume you are a 10-minute drive away)?”
The overwhelming response was 40 minutes for 44% of our hungry curry lovers. Some 25% of people say 50 minutes is acceptable and the same would be happy to wait an hour. A rather impatient 7% think the order should be taken, cooked and driven the 10-minute drive in just 30 minutes. Perhaps they don’t like their chicken cooked?
What is your favourite curry restaurant in South East London? The Greenwich Curry Club Awards, supported by the Greenwich Visitor, has been running since 2011 and here’s your chance to vote for your favourite venue for this year in the Greenwich Visitor’s Readers’ Choice. The restaurant must be in an SE or E14 postcode. Please note it is strictly one vote per person and voting closes on 30th November. The winner of this category and others that are decided by the Greenwich Curry Club members, will be announced in an upcoming issue of the Greenwich Visitor, the only local newspaper to support the local curry industry with a regular column.