A local Indian and Nepalese restaurant in Stoke Village has won two regional awards and is thriving within the community.
The English Curry Awards celebrate the growth of the Asian curry industry and recognize the achievements of those who have played a valuable role in this development. The winners were announced Monday, October 18, including Plymouth’s own Cafe Indiya.
The Church Street Restaurant has won the titles of “Southwestern Restaurant of the Year Winner”, as well as the Southern Winner of the “Chef of the Year” category.
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The proud director of Nepalese and Indian cuisine, Ganesh Chhetri, told PlymouthLive he was “very happy” to have won the awards and said his team was grateful for serving his local community in Stoke Village.
Ganesh said they haven’t found out about the case for a long time like in the final when they learned they had won.
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He said: “We had no idea of the prize until we were finalists. So when we got the phone call and the email saying we were finalists across the UK for both prices, and we were very excited.
“We didn’t win the national award, but we won the regional award, so that’s really good.”
The restaurant and take out are dedicated to serving their customers with the “finest ingredients” from different regions of Nepal, India and Bangladesh, all concocted by skilled chefs.
Ganesh said they do things differently from other curry houses, moving away from the more common dishes and bringing in more varied dishes like lamb shanks.
“Our restaurant has a lot of favorite dishes that our local customers love because we do a bit more than the usual curry house and do the plating of our dishes,” he said.
“My mom’s favorite dish is a common dish which is the Maylaya King Prawn, along with the lamb chops and pan-seared sea bass.
“We do different things compared to other curry houses and we are always changing the menu, adding our own dishes as well. “
Starting the business four years ago as a local restaurant meant that when the lockdown hit they started operating a take-out service and although times are tough, Ganesh said they ” cannot complain “because of the support they received from the community.
On Cafe Indiya’s Facebook post, they announced the award and said, “Thank you for being our valued customers. We appreciate the pleasure of serving you all.
“Restaurant Cafe Indiya Stoke village, Plymouth put us in the running for this year’s South West finalist, Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year, now we have it, we’re the winner of the 10th English curry prize.
“Thanks to the Cafe Indiya team and the staff who have helped us grow the business from the start, your hard work has been recognized.”
Customers flocked to the post and praised Café Indiya for the “deserved” awards.
“Excellent stuff, well done. The best Indian I have had since I moved to Devon thirteen years ago.”
Another said: “Really well done Ganesh and the gang. This must be the right staff you have.”
You see the menu, order and reserve a table on the Cafe Indiya website.
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