Fans of Indian cuisine rejoice, as a new restaurant serving an eclectic selection of authentic dishes opens today in Inverness.
Mangrove, based on Academy Street, will open to the public from noon offering a range of traditional dishes inspired by the flavors of India.
The family business includes a team whose experiences spanning forty years and who know all the food styles of the Indian subcontinent, with members coming from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, India and India. Scotland.
This includes Zakir Khan, 36, who owns the restaurant alongside Roshan Aryal.
Zakir, who lives in Inverness but is originally from Dingwall, worked closely with front desk managers Connor Williams and Taz Miah and interior designers Rashida and Jubyar Khan for six months to transform the venue into an elegant restaurant with 80 seats.
Welcoming customers 7 days a week, its opening hours are from noon to 10:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and from noon to 11 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.
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Mangrove has two areas for guests, the lounge and the main restaurant, and guests are asked to bring their own bottle (BYOB) if they wish to consume alcohol.
A range of soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails will be available for purchase on the site.
For the past six years, Zakir and his team have run the intimate 24-seat restaurant, Saffron, in the Cradlehall district of Inverness.
Zakir said, âSaffron’s smaller setting has allowed us to meet the locals and build strong relationships with our customers.
âHowever, the lack of space in the kitchen has prevented us from advancing demand and production for our business.
âThis is where the Mangrove concept started. Incorporating the beloved British Indian style the locals loved and uplifting it through local produce and fusion style.
Each Mangrove recipe was developed with the help of Zakir’s mother, Rayna Khanam.
There are a number of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.
âWe aim to provide people with all the classic dishes you would expect from an Indian restaurant,â Zakir continued.
âHowever, we also have some unique dishes that you will only be able to find in our restaurant.
âThis includes our minced desi and tatties – an authentic keema and potato curry baked with minced beef from Munro Butcher, served with mild chapatis – and our tandoori makhanwala – the classic cheese curry topped with crispy golden crust and served with crispy garlic naan fries.
âWe have created fusion dishes incorporating the comforting and historic family meals of Scotland with the spices and scent of India.
“The palate of India is very different from the palate of Scotland, which is why we want to introduce even more unique and delicious flavors that can normally be difficult to find in the average diet.”
As for the name of the restaurant, it is inspired by the mangroves found on the saltwater coasts of 118 tropical and subtropical countries.
In Bangladesh, the Sundarbans – an area formed by the confluence of the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna rivers in the Bay of Bengal – have mangrove forests stretching over 3,860 square miles.
They provide key shelter and breeding ground for many species, while also providing a barrier for land when tsunamis are threatened.
Zakir said, âWe have tried to integrate mangrove aesthetics into the restaurant, with an array of plants and interior design highlighting the beauty of the forest.
âWe also aim to play a vital role in the mangrove plant regrowth action plan, while also working with charities in tree reforestation in Scotland.
âBecause we are BYOB, we charge a corkage fee of Â£ 2.50 which is donated to these charities. “
Zakir also understands the importance of supporting local businesses in the area and incorporating their products into the restaurant menu, which also offers freshly made waffles, pancakes and sundaes.
âThe team and I try to use local suppliers, our main meat supplier being Munro’s Butchers in Dingwall,â he said.
âWe buy our coffee at Inverness Coffee Roasting Co and our ice cream at Rizzas in Huntly.
âScotland and India are very similar in their family values. Food is a comfort to the family, it brings us all together.
âWe have high hopes for our Bombay Badboy burger, a delicious beef burger topped with onion bhaji. In addition, we have a range of theatrical mocktails.
“I hope that in the future we can bring our food to local events and festivals such as Belladrum.”
For more information visit mangroveinverness.co.uk