All at Purple Poppadom are thrilled to report that we have being named the top restaurant in South Wales in the Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards 2012!
We will now go through to the National final competing against regional winners of Mid and North Wales for the overall national title. The winner will be announced in April.
According to the organisers 12,893 votes were received from members of the public in voting for their favourite restaurant.
This resulted in a short list of 30 being drawn up for the next round of the competition which involved restaurants offering a Welsh lamb dish. We are delighted to say that Purple Poppadom won the South Wales region and now we go forward to the final.
The Purple Poppadom was described by the regional judges as “A very high quality dining experience, fine dining that one would ordinarily expect in a world capital. A pleasure and the best Indian Restaurant I’ve eaten in Europe.”
Chef Anand George said: “Everyone at Purple Poppadom is thrilled to have been named the regional winner for South Wales in these prestigious awards.
We would like to thank everyone who nominated and voted for us and of course the judges and organisers. In launching Purple Poppadom we wanted to create a new style of cuisine, which we term ‘Nouvelle Indian Cuisine’ and we are so pleased that people are enjoying our new direction.
This is our first award for our very young restaurant. Lamb plays an important part in our cuisine and I consider Welsh lamb to be the very best in the world.
Our winning lamb dish – Raan Akbari – represents a fusion of Mughal and Welsh cuisine styles. It features a Welsh lamb shank, which we roast and finish in the tandoor, served on a bed of mash; in our case of curried butternut squash, served with mint, in the form of a mint sorbet.
We are very excited by great Welsh ingredients and featured Welsh Lamb, laverbread, cockles and leeks on our recent St David’s Day menu.”
Raman Bijalwan, General Manager and co-founder of Purple Poppadom said:
“The support we have had from people since opening in December has been wonderful. It is great to see so many diners warming to our new style of cuisine.
This recognition is very important to us and we are only too pleased to promote Welsh lamb and contribution our fellow restaurants are making to life and the economy.”
You can sample our award-winning dish for yourself, it is on the menu today!
Purple Poppadom – Raan Akbari
A classic dish of Mughlai Cuisine, slow braised Welsh lamb shank marinated with spices and finished in the tandoor, served with a curried butternut squash mash, intensely flavoured sauce reduction and mint sorbet
The public have been voting in their thousands (12,893 to be exact up from 11,000 in 2011) and today the organisers of the Welsh Curry House of the Year 2012 reveal the names of the top 30 restaurants, through to the next round of the competition.
Each of the 30 restaurants will be celebrating their success by making a Welsh Lamb Curry available to the public until the end of March.
Please visit: www.welshcurryhouse.co.uk/news