We're a nation obsessed with curry but which restaurants dish up the best? Homemade sorts the winners from the wannabes
We love a good curry – as the nights get colder and darker, we reckon it's the best thing to warm us up. And while we love making our own, sometimes we just need to go to the experts to get our fix.
So we've done some nosing around to find out which curry houses are the best-loved across the UK. Whether they're award-winning, regaled on TripAdvisor or just recommended through good old word of mouth, here are the ones that came up tops …
Twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar is the man behind Benares, a swanky Indian restaurant serving food inspired by his heritage and love of British ingredients. This is Indian cuisine as you’ve never had it before – forget the ordinary takeaway menu, it’s far more imaginative than that.
Highlights to check out include jal tarang (hand-dived scallops, broccoli and green peas) and subz korma (organic baby vegetables, kofta, cashew korma and blueberry pulao). Delish.
No, we're not joking. At the other end of the price spectrum is one of the cheapest decent curry houses in central London – the Indian YMCA. For less than a fiver you can tuck into one of two curries on offer as well as freshly made chapati, rice and dhal. And, no, you don’t have to be staying there to eat. Honestly, it’s prices and food to dhal for (sorry).
Elevating and enhancing Indian classics is what the team at Prithvi are all about. The menu is refreshingly straightforward and short (guaranteeing freshness), and you can tuck into two courses for a snip at £16.50.
Treat yourself to prawns in garlic butter with coriander coulis, followed by braised duck breast and coconut jus. Don’t miss the peshwari naan either: sweet, nutty and bursting with almonds. See you there.
Winner of the Best Midlands Curry House at the British Curry Awards 2014, Mem Saab's quality vegetarian options set it apart from the competition, as does the variety of the menu – think juicy monkfish steamed in a banana leaf, slow-roasted lamb fillet stuffed with spiced spinach and paneer and traditional Goan fish curry with tamarind, coconut and mustard seeds, to name but a few.
Hailed by Heston Blumenthal as the best Indian restaurant in the country, this unassuming ivy-clad cottage is home to many of the delectable and palate-exploding flavours we associate with Indian food. Over the years it’s won numerous accolades from the British Curry Awards and has been described as "wonderful", "authentic" and "consistently great" on TripAdvisor. High praise indeed.
Using the freshest, best quality ingredients around, Ben France and Aneesha Noonan are the daring duo behind the Rotli Crew, passionate about bringing authentic and regional Indian dishes to lucky Londoners. Expect deep-fried, spice-marinated cod cheeks, fiery pickles and a melt-in-the-mouth mutton curry. Save space for the chilli chocolate brownies.
An Indian restaurant with a twist, KoolBa also offers food from its Persian grill cooked on open charcoal. Everything is made to order using local Scottish produce, whole spices and fresh herbs, and there’s a personally sourced wine and beer list.
Don’t miss the chicken pakora (a firm favourite according to the owners) and the booming bhuna, with its thick sauce packed full of ginger, garlic and fresh tomatoes.
Winner of the Best Indian Restaurant 2015 by the Oliver Awards, Tharavadu (which means "family") serves up delicious Keralan cuisine using ingredients like toasted coconut, seafood, fish, cashew nuts and coconut milk.
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