A Kent curry house has been named the best Indian restaurant in the South East at the prestigious Asian Curry Awards 2017.
The Rajdani in West Kingsdown was given the honour at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday (November 12).
Owner Rob Khan said: “We are indebted to our loyal customers who nominated us for this prestigious award, making sure we made the shortlist to showcase the talents of our head chef Jimmy Shah and his hard-working team.
“Kent is home to some excellent Asian restaurants, so to be judged best of the bunch is high praise indeed.”
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The family-run restaurant in London Road will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and Rob promises to lay on a night to remember to commemorate the landmark.
Opened by Rob’s father, Abdul, and cousin Suna Miah, the restaurant takes its name from the Bengali term for ‘Capital City’.
Located just a few hundred yards from Brands Hatch motor sports circuit, The Rajdani, a roomy 100-seater venue with al fresco tables and a large private car park, attracts customers from around the country on event days.
Its owners say it offers “contemporary Indian dishes, with short, changing menu to appeal to all tastes”.
And the chefs are currently developing a gourmet menu which will be released in the New Year, with a greater choice of fish, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
More than 1,000 VIP guests attended the 7th Asian Curry Awards, organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF).
The awards were co presented by BBC Master Chef’s Greg Wallace and former Sky TV news anchor Samantha Simmons.
Set up to recognise the best in the industry, the Asian Curry Awards aim to encourage ever higher standards and inspire the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs to join the sector.
In his keynote speech ACF chairman Yawar Khan acknowledged the problems facing Asian restaurant owners, but highlighted the success of those willing to embrace change, raise standards, update menus, invest in marketing and stop competing on price.
He said: “We are in a growing market. More people are eating out and ordering takeaways than ever before.
“Yes, curry restaurants are closing every week. But the best will survive and thrive. There will be those that complain and do nothing.
“Then there will also be those that continue in innovate and raise standards.”
The Rajdani is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and has live music every Friday night to kick start the weekend.