Cyrus Todiwala, My Favourite Lamb Recipe

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Cyrus Todiwala’s Khara Gos Ni Biryani recipe

The recipe, Khara Gos Ni Biryani – Chef Todiwala’s take on a lamb biryani – combines British lamb leg with a mix of spices, tomato, potato and rice – and is one of the chef’s go-to dishes to impress, even when time is limited.

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Café Spice Namaste extends Eat Out to Help Out

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Cafe Spice Namaste

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala have announced that their flagship Indian restaurant, Café Spice Namaste, will be extending the concept of HM Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout its entire operating week, up to the end of August. Café Spice Namaste already takes part in the month-long scheme on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which gives a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person. By adopting the Eat Out to Help Out concept from Tuesday to Saturday during for the last two weeks in August, the Todiwalas hope to please loyal customers as well as attract new ones. They also hope the initiative…

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Busting Some Myths About Cider

By Alistair Morrell

The team at Cider is Wine are on a mission to change our perception of cider and curry not being a good match and have put together this piece for Curry Culture on the subject. “Of course there’s no such thing as ‘curry’” This will come as a shock to the many Brits who patronise the 12,000 or so ‘curry restaurants’ that contributed some £5 billion to the UK economy in 2019, and to all those who continue to buy ready-prepared curry dishes in the hundreds of thousands from our supermarkets. For those interested in how this misnomer came about, curry is actually an anglicised form of the Tamil word kaṟi meaning ‘sauce’ or ‘relish for rice’…

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Our Essential Guide to Marketing Your Restaurant Better

By Lisa Janssen
Restaurant Marketing advice

Constant effort is the key to any lasting success and the same goes for promoting your restaurant. Talking to your customers and creating a buzz about your venue is a never-ending process. Luckily, there are lots of free tools that you can use to make your restaurant more visible and let your customers know all the many reasons they need to visit.  6 Marketing Tools You Need to Use Our essential marketing guide will help you make the most out of your precious time. By using these tools (some of them are free) you can cover the most important marketing basics. They neither break the bank nor require a huge…

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STOP THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF NO SHOWS

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This week sees the North West Hospitality sector launch a campaign to stop the devastating effects of no shows on restaurants. Figures reveal it costs the industry £16bn a year Operators reveal that 25% of online bookings do not turn up This Thursday’s social media Thunderclap #NOMORENOSHOWS set to raise consumer awareness of issue with message ‘its ok to cancel – just let us know!’ A new campaign – #NOMORENOSHOWS – is set to launch this week to stop the devastating effects of customers not turning up to bar and restaurant bookings as hospitality operators reveal that the issue is costing the sector £16bn a year, with around 25% of…

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Register for Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

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We’ve all probably heard about the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme but if you run a restaurant you need to register your establishment to take part. Here’s what the Gov.uk website says: “You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020 to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in to claim the money…

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Delayed Saffron Summer opening announced

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Saffron Summer Indian Restaurant

Reigate restaurant showcase for Indian haute cuisine Saffron Summer, a sister restaurant to the award-winning eponymous Indian fine dining restaurant in Chessington, is to open in Reigate in Surrey on Tuesday 14th July. The restaurant which occupies the site of the former Clove restaurant at 15 Church Street in Reigate, had originally been due to open in March, before the Covid-19 lockdown. The kitchen will be led by Executive Head Chef Awanish Roy, who transfers from the Chessington branch. Roy trained at the internationally renowned Oberoi Hotels in India, before moving to London to work in the famous Cinnamon Club, Roti Chai and Chai Ki restaurants in London. The menu will…

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Naunits Gujarati Street Eats

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Channa Chaat Massala

It’s always great when you discover a new source of street food and we were lucky enough to come across Naunit’s Gujarati Street Eats this weekend on a visit to Bury Market. Specialising in a range of traditional vegetarian Gujarati snack foods I tried their Channa Chaat special which came served on top of a crushed samosa, all for the very reasonable price of £3.50. It was bloody lovely I have to say and the perfect lunchtime meal. Mildly spicy and with a hint of Tamarind this is a different recipe to the Channa Chaat I have made at home but it was much better so I am going to…

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Industry body moves to help those who have lost their jobs

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ceda, who represent over 100 companies involved in the catering equipment industry have launched a new initiative called ceda Retain. Alongside the headline job losses caused as well known restaurant chains such as Carluccio’s close, go additional job losses in the hospitality industry supply chain. Engineers, sales people, designers, admin teams all work in the catering equipment sector and as their employers lose customers due to the Covid crisis, job losses in these businesses are inevitable. This new initiative is designed to help those who have lost their jobs put their credentials in front of all ceda members who may have opportunities available. The process is simple. Those wishing to…

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Feature Profile: Chef Anjula Devi

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Chef Anjula Devi

It’s always great when we get to profile a chef and today we are lucky enough to hear about the career and working life of chef and author Anjula Devi. Well known for her recipe books, cookery school and charity work, Anjula has been kind enough to share several of her recipes with us. You can have a go yourself at cooking her classic chicken curry recipe and then let us know how you get along. We would love to hear how it turned out. Chef Anjula Devi is best known for her extensive knowledge of spices and for creating delicious authentic Indian cuisine. A respected food writer and author,…

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NRB Assist Help for Hospitality Businesses in the North

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If you are a hospitality business and need some help wading through the huge amount of help and information available, you might want to take a look at what the team at NRB are doing to help. Their Assist newsletter and website links you to much of the key sources in a well organised manner. You can take a look for yourself here.

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Asian Chefs honoured at House of Commons

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Scotland, Manchester and London Awards Launch Asian Catering Federation announces training and recruitment programme to tackle skills shortage Over 170 VIP guests attended a celebratory dinner at the House of Commons on Thursday 12th March, to honour the winners of the Asian & Oriental Chef Awards and to launch this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards and Asian Curry Awards. Following a cook-off competition held at Ealing University in February, Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year 2020 awards were presented to chefs Daya Shankar Sharma (Indian) of Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford and Shanker Pandy of Everest Inn (Nepalese) in Blackhealth; and Jie Chen (Chinese) of Canton Restaurant in London.…

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