‘Oscar’ honour for family-run curry restaurant

Award for Jaflong of Bicester
Award for Jaflong of Bicester

A curry house in Bicester has once again made it to the shortlist of the industry’s equivalent of the Oscar awards.

Jaflong Tandoori Restaurant, in Market Square, proved its food was top-notch when it reached the shortlist for Best in the South East 2016 at the British Curry Awards.

It was the 12th year running the family-run restaurant has received an award – Jaflong has reached the finals seven times and has been shortlisted five times.

Judges visited the restaurant, took photographs and made a video.

They were served two of the chef’s specials, a starter of Tufani platter – dishes based on chicken and lamb and other delicacies, and the main course was chicken rajma – a half and half dish, comprising of Bhuna style and a creamy almond sauce.

The judges also looked at how well the restaurant was run, its atmosphere and how the staff interacted with customers.

Owner Shakur Ali, who runs the business with son Dilwar, said he was “honoured” to receive recognition from the British Curry Awards.

He said: “We have seen a number of restaurants close recently, but we have had a really good year. My restaurant is very popular locally, I have been running it for 20 years and have a good reputation and have made a lot of friends in Bicester and the surrounding area.

“People like our restaurant – it’s one of the oldest buildings in Bicester. Customers always come back I think they like the atmosphere and the Bangladeshi cuisine, which is subtly different to Indian food.

“Getting a British Curry Award year after year proves to us, and our customers, that we consistently offer quality food and a quality service. “

The awards were presented in a ceremony at Battersea Evolution, in Battersea Park, London, and were attended by a host of well-known faces including the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, footballer David Seaman and Dancing on Ice star Frankie Poultney.

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