Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by India and since visiting a few years ago, my interest has grown further and I cannot wait to go back. My love for India combined with my love of good food means that I am a big curry fan and so the prospect of attending the Welsh Curry House Awards was very exciting to me.
We arrived to a drinks reception and some rather unusual ice cream from Cadwaladers. Starting with a spicy curry flavoured version, we followed it with a cucumber riata flavour. Innovative and not as unpleasant as it sounds.
The evening ceremony followed with the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM announcing the name of the Welsh Curry House of the Year 2012 during a delicious taster menu and traditional dancing by India Dance Wales. It was great to have the dancing in between courses and along with the sweet and spicy smells coming from the kitchen area, it made me quite nostalgic, reminiscing my times in India.
The food was excellent. We started off with a series of starters including a Chicken Malai kebab which was cardamom and mace spice flavoured chicken cooked in a clay oven which was my favourite. When chatting to people later, there was talk of some wonderful lamb chops but unfortunately, we didn’t get any on our table and there was so much to share around we didn’t even realise!
Moving onto the mains we had four curries and a selection of nans. My favourite was the ‘Fill The Pot winner 2008’, a winning entry from a competition run by the Spice Route and was a delicious blend of Indian spices with mutton and Welsh potatoes. The mutton was cooked perfectly and I polished off my than my fair share.
For dessert we were presented with a selection of Indian sweets and some ice cream from Cadwaladers. I very much enjoyed the sweets and they were a nice way to finish the meal.
As well as sampling the delicious food, it was of course exciting to see the award of Welsh Curry House of the Year 2012 presented to the wonderful Purple Poppadom. As one of my favourite restaurants in Cardiff, I felt it was very well deserved and was an amazing achievement at such an early stage in their business.
Photo by The Festivals Company
There were five awards all in all and the winners were:
- Purple Poppadom, 185 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff. CF11 9AJ (NATIONAL WINNER)
- The Suhail, 12 Bastion Road, Prestatyn. LL19 7ES (NORTH WALES WINNER)
- Bengal Spices, Ashfield House, Llanymynech. SY22 6ER (MID WALES WINNER)
- Purple Poppadom, 185 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff. CF11 9AJ (SOUTH WALES WINNER)
- Bombay Blue, 27a Cardiff Road, Caerphilly. CF15 7SS (BEST DESIGN)
A very enjoyable evening all in all with some excellent food and interesting entertainment. I’ll look forward to the next one in 2013!