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).
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.
The Greenwich Curry Club’s Favourite Restaurant for 2017 is the Darjeeling in Lewisham. The friendly 50-seater restaurant got the thumbs up from voters for the main prize in this year’s Greenwich Curry Club Awards, which is sponsored by Goa Premium Beer. This is the first year the company, which produces gluten-free beer that is ideal with spicy food, has sponsored the Awards.
“Thanks to the support of Goa Beer we have enjoyed the best ever Awards and are delighted that they joined us in celebrating the restaurants, takeaways and staff that make this such a great industry in our area,” said Daniel Ford, founder of the Greenwich Curry Club.
The Awards, which recognises excellence in the local industry, has been held in association with the Greenwich Visitor – the only local newspaper to run a regular curry column – since 2011. All the awards were chosen by local curry lovers, who voted online for their favourite restaurants and takeaways, except for the Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award, which was chosen by members of the Greenwich Curry Club. Restaurants and takeaways in SE10, SE3, SE8, SE7 and SE13 were eligible. This includes Greenwich, Maze Hill, Blackheath, Westcombe Park, Lewisham, Ladywell, Deptford, New Cross and Charlton.
Darjeeling owner Foyeg Kazi, who has been running the restaurant for 15 years, said: “We have a loyal following so it is thanks to them we have picked up this award. I’m thrilled for the team and we will keep working to serve up good quality food at real value prices.”
The restaurant has built a reputation for offering a menu that offers exceptional value, so it is no surprise that the Darjeeling also won the award for Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value, an award they have now won three times.
Mogul Home Dining Kitchen, located along the Trafalgar Road in Greenwich, picked up the Favourite Takeaway award. The Mogul name has become a byword for top-quality Indian food in Greenwich and this year the restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Home Dining Kitchen was opened in 2011 to offer a dedicated takeaway service. Owners Mr and Mrs Dev said: “This is great, especially as it comes on such a special anniversary for the Mogul.”
The ever-popular Mountain View, also on the Trafalgar Road, was voted as the Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service. Some fresh, young faces have joined the established service team this year and the smooth, friendly service from everyone on the floor has clearly not gone unnoticed by the voters.
Kasturi, Charlton’s classy Indian restaurant, announced its arrival onto the local scene by picking up the Favourite New Restaurant award and with its undoubted quality it is sure to be challenging for more awards in future years.
Members of the Curry Club decided that this year’s Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award should go to the Royal Nepalese in Westcombe Park in recognition of its outstanding main dish Langtang Lamb. This succulent Himalayan dish, cooked with garlic, ginger, green chilli, fresh mint and mango chutney, had even the grumpiest of members cooing in delight and that in itself is worth an award.
“The Greenwich Curry Club Awards are an excellent initiative, recognising the merits of best local curry houses and encouraging ever higher culinary standards,” said Goa Premium Beer MD Ben Parmar, who added, “We applaud Daniel Ford’s endeavours and hope other areas of the country will take Greenwich’s lead and organise their own, similar local awards scheme”.
The Winners Favourite Restaurant: Darjeeling (Lewisham) Favourite Takeaway: Mogul Home Dining (Greenwich) Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service: Mountain View (Greenwich) Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value: Darjeeling (Lewisham) Favourite New Restaurant: Kasturi (Charlton) Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award for Outstanding Dish (Langtang Lamb): Royal Nepalese (Westcombe Park)
Voting for the Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2017, in association with the Greenwich Visitor, has now closed. The Awards, which were established in 2011, aim to celebrate the restaurants, takeaways and the people who work in the spice industry in Greenwich and the surrounding are.. We thank everyone who has taken the time to vote in this year’s Awards.
The winners will be announced on this website in early December and in the December issue of the Greenwich Visitor.
This year there were five awards up for grabs (see Award categories below). In addition to these five Awards there will also be a special award as chosen by the members of the Curry Club. All those restaurants and takeaways nominated are listed below.
Restaurants Chinipan (Blackheath)
Coriander (Westcombe Park)
Gurkha’s Inn (Greenwich)
Mountain View (Greenwich)
Royal Nepalese (Westcombe Park)
Saffron Club (Blackheath)
Taste Of Raj (Blackheath)
Takeaways Charlton Indian Takeaway (Charlton)
Curry Royal Tandoori (Greenwich)
Mogul Home Dining Kitchen (Trafalgar Road)
The Village Tandoori (Charlton)
Award categories Favourite Restaurant
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Service
Restaurant Offering Outstanding Value
Favourite New Restaurant
Goa Beer Greenwich Curry Club Special Award
Goa Premium Beer is to sponsor this year’s Greenwich Curry Club Awards. The award-winning gluten-free pilsner is brewed by the family-run boutique Impala Distillery & Brewery in Goa. The brewery was acquired in 2015 by Bollywood actor and film producer Sachiin Joshi. Exclusively imported into the UK by Viiking Ventures, the beer is popular as an accompaniment to spicy foods.
The Greenwich Curry Club began in 2010 with a group of friends meeting once a month, at a different venue, to “eat curry, drink beer and talk nonsense.”
The group has since grown, and now reviews curry houses all over the UK and internationally, as well as offering news, recipes and all things curry related on its website.
The original south London group still meets and new members are welcome if they are “charming, witty, and don’t do ‘a runner’ before the bill is paid.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Daniel Ford, founder of the Greenwich Curry Club, said: “We launched the Greenwich Curry Club Awards in 2011 to recognise the restaurants, takeaways and people that work in this great industry and are thrilled to be able to work with Goa Beer closely, as we look to take the Awards to the next level. We know that Goa Beer is a forward-thinking company and are delighted to be partners with a company that offers a genuine Indian beer that is perfect for curry lovers.”
Local people can vote for their favourite venues in Greenwich, Blackheath, Lee, Lewisham, New Cross, Charlton and Deptford at www.greenwichcurryclub.com. Voting closes on 19th November and winners will be announced on 1st December.
Ben Parmar, MD of Viiking Ventures, said: “The Greenwich Curry Club does great work highlighting the best venues in the area, encouraging ever higher standards. Our marketing strategy is to support local, independent venues. I’m delighted to back the Club’s efforts and want to encourage similar organisations round the country to follow their lead.