The Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) have announced which of the UK’s top Asian restaurants, chefs and takeaways have been named finalists for this year. ARTA is one of the largest celebrations of Britain’s vibrant Asian restaurants and takeaway industry and the final will be held on Sunday 8th October in London.
The coveted awards are in recognition of the UK’s best of Asian cuisine across a series of prestigious regional and national categories, and numerous establishments in Greater Manchester have been revealed as finalists. Last year, one of Manchester’s own, Bombay Cuisine in Prestwich managed to take home the award of ‘National Takeaway of the Year 2022’.
Of the finalists, there a number of restaurants in Greater Manchester up for ARTA awards including Spice Valley in Horwich and Achari in Bolton battling it out against Paneer in Wallasey and last year’s winner The Milnrow Balti in Milnrow for ‘Regional Restaurant of the Year: North West’. Plus, Sapporo Teppanyaki in Manchester city centre has been nominated for the award of ‘Japanese Restaurant of the Year’.
Last year’s winner of ‘National Takeaway of the Year’ award, Bombay Cuisine, has also been announced as a finalist for ‘Regional Takeaway of the Year: North West’. The takeaway will compete against Arong Tandoori in Liverpool, Akash in Accrington and Bradshaw Tandoori in Bradshaw, Bolton.
Entrants are 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.
Restaurants are 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.
Additional awards will be presented on the night for Champion of Champions; National Chef of the Year; and National Takeaway of the Year.