THE IRISH CURRY AWARDS CROWNS IRELAND’S

TOP INDIAN RESTAURANTS, CHEFS AND TAKEAWAYS

The Irish Curry Awards, in association with Cobra Beer, UTIS Holdings and BJ Productions, took place this year at the Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge, on Tuesday 24 October 2017, and celebrated the best restaurants and curries on the island of Ireland, for a second year.

An estimated 700 curry houses operate successfully between Ballyferriter in Kerry and Ballycastle in Antrim. These awards were created by Belfast-based restaurateur Askir Ali to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers.

Speaking on the success of the event, Founder Askir Ali said: “Curry may have been born in India, but it has grown and matured across Ireland. The Irish Curry Awards are recognition of that.

“I was really surprised and thrilled to see the level of support that was out there for the Irish Curry Awards and I am delighted that year two has been just as successful as the first. Nominations were up this year and the standard was too. We had in place a broad mix of judges and food critics onboard again this year.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all our judges for taking time out of the busy schedules to be part of the Irish Curry Awards; to all our supporters that have helped make this year’s awards possible and to all the restaurants that took part. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”

UTV’s own Pamela Ballentine oversaw hosting duties for the glamourous event, allocating awards which covered a wide range of categories including Best Chef, Best Restaurant and Best Newcomer, among others. Asian restaurants had more opportunity than ever to win, as new categories were introduced this year including Best South Asian Restaurant and Best Romantic Restaurant. The judges, made up of esteemed food critics and journalists, had the enviable job of testing out the delicious food to decide who would triumph on the night.

Guests from across the industry and media were treated to a tremendous evening celebrating Asian culture in Ireland, with entertainment in the form of Bollywood dancing from the talented BJ Production team. The Irish Curry Awards is a not-for-profit event with all profits and money raised donated to the event’s official charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The charity delivers emotional and practical support to children and young people with heart disease in Northern Ireland and their families.

Winners List

ULSTER

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant India Gate Nu Delhi &

Bangla

Best Takeaway Mama Masala, Derry Asha, Bangor

 

Best Front of House Indian Ocean, Carrickfergus

 

Indian Ocean, Glengormley
Best Young Chef Bangla

 

Best Chef Indian Ocean, Carrickfergus

 

Spice, Lisburn

 

 

Best Newcomer Mama Masala, Glengormley

 

Tulsi, Holywood

 

MUNSTER

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant Star of India

 

Best Front of House Planet Spice, Clonmel

 

Best Chef Bombay Palace, Killarney

 

Best Newcomer Saffron, Cashel

 

Best Neighbourhood Restaurant Lizzy’s Little Kitchen
Best Family Friendly Restaurant Indian Ocean, Clonmel

 

LEINSTER

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant Cinnamon Garden, Ashbourne Chakra, Greystones, Wicklow
Best Takeaway Ajanta, Drogheda

 

Best Front of House Spice Infusion, Kilkenny

 

Cinnamon Garden, Ashbourne
Best Young Chef Curry Garden, Carlow
Best Chef Royal Spice, Kilkenny

 

Yaadgar, Tullamore Co.Offlay
Best Newcomer Spice Infusion, Kilkenny Pink Salt, Bray, Wicklow

 

Best Neighbourhood Restaurant The Curry Garden, Carlow
Best Family Friendly Restaurant The Holy Grail, Wexford

DUBLIN

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant Veda, Cabinteely

 

Indie Spice Grill, Swords
Best Takeaway Masala, Killiney

 

Best Front of House Indie Spice, Sandymount

 

Kathmandu Kitchen
Best Young Chef Kasturi, Lucan

 

Best Chef Vermillion, Terenure

 

3 Leaves, Blackrock
Best Newcomer Banaras, Loughlinstown
Best Family Friendly Restaurant Veda, Cabinteely

 

Best Neighbourhood Restaurant Indie Spice, Sandymount

 

 

CONNACHT

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant Eastern Tandoori, Galway

 

Best Takeaway Joy Kitchen, Sligo

 

Best Chef Eastern Tandoori, Galway

 

Best Newcomer Bonda Bistro, Galway

 

 

SOUTH ASIAN

CATEGORY SILVER WINNER GOLD WINNER
Best Restaurant Saba, Baggot Street

 

NightMarket, Ranelagh, Dublin

 

Best Front of House Saba, Baggot Street

 

Chameleon, Dublin 2
Best Chef Koh, Dublin 1 Chameleon, Dublin 2

 

Best Newcomer Kubo, Cork Bonda Bistro, Galway

 

Best Takeaway Saba 2 Go, Baggot Street

 

 

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