The winners for this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards has been announced with multiple Manchester restaurants taking home a prize. Over 100,000 online votes from members of the spice loving public determined the finalists and judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), with the winners revealed this week at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the Hilton Manchester.
The Asian Restaurant Awards cover the complete range of Asian and Oriental cuisines: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Of the Greater Manchester restaurants crowned winners for this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards, it was Spice Mafia in Urmston which was named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the North of England. Winning the award of ‘Manchester Restaurant of the Year’ was The Indian Plaza in Audenshaw.
But that was not all for the region as Chinese restaurant Peace Garden, located close to the Manchester universities and Manchester Museum, was crowned ‘Best Newcomer’. Plus, Sushi Mami received the accolade of best Japanese restaurant at the Asian Restaurant Awards.
For a second year in a row, the Curry King Award went to Shabbir Hussain of Akbar’s Group, which has a restaurant on Manchester’s Liverpool Road. In addition, Bolton’s Royal Balti House was recognised as highly commended as the Best Takeaway of the Year in the North of England.
“Vital for thriving high streets and the health of local economies, independent restaurants deserve praise for their fortitude and resilience,” said ACF chairman Yawar Khan, warning: “In the face of rampant food inflation, rising utility bills, raised bank interest rates, staff shortages and customers hit by the cost-of-living crisis, restaurant owners need to compete on quality – not price.”
You can find the full list of winners for Asian Restaurants Awards here. Asian food lovers can also nominate their favourite restaurants in this year’s Asian Curry Awards, being held in London in November, here.