The UK’s top Asian restaurants, chefs and takeaways were recently revealed at the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) 2022, the largest celebration of Britain’s vibrant Asian restaurants and takeaway industry. Held on Sunday 2nd October in London, the coveted awards are in recognition of the UK’s best of South Asian cuisine across a series of prestigious regional and national categories, and one Manchester establishment serving tasty Indian food managed to take home an award.
From the National Champion of the Champions, Regional Restaurant of the Year, to National and Regional Chefs of the Year, and Takeaways of the Year Award, ARTA has put a spotlight on over 2,370 restaurants and takeaways across the UK. The entrants were nominated by the restaurant goers and food lovers of over 700,000 customer base of ARTA ‘s strategic partner, ChefOnline – the digital application to order food and book tables on the go – to unveil the finalists.
The grand award of ‘National Champion of Champions’ was awarded to Ruby in Hertford, while My Delhi Indian Streetery in Newcastle upon Tyne won the ‘National Chef of the Year 2022’. But it was Manchester’s own Bombay Cuisine in Prestwich which won the accolade of ‘National Takeaway of the Year 2022’, and Tamasha in Las Palmas, Spain was crowned ‘European Restaurant of the Year 2022’. There was also another win for Greater Manchester as The Milnrow Balti in Milnrow, Rochdale took home the prize for ‘Regional Restaurant of the Year: North West’.
Restaurants were awarded based on three key factors: quality of food, quality of service and value for money, followed by the ARTA score, which includes Food Hygiene Rating and reviews from websites like TripAdvisor and Google. Restaurants that made it through the gruelling first phase were judged and invited to participate in a cook-off competition. The score included various factors including flavour, appearance, texture, hygiene and aroma.
Speaking about the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards 2022, Salik Mohammed Munim, Founder of the ARTA Awards, said: “The ARTA Awards 2022 are a celebration and recognition of Britain’s vibrant Asian restaurants, takeaways, and chefs. Since the inception of ARTA, we have clearly seen the phenomenal quality of entrants, and the bar set by each, and every nominee has been increasing each year.
“I am truly blown away by the standards set by the competition and having been privy to exceptional quality and service extended by the nominees, I can confidently assert that Asian culinary industry in Britain is in safe hands. Every nominee and winner should be proud of their work.”