It’s a family affair as New Delhi picks up award

From left: Adam Shaw, journalist and broadcaster, Mr Kamrul Alom from Pride Factor, Jihad Rahman and Ashrafur Rahman from New Delhi, Lord Karan Bilimoria, CEO of Cobra Beer and Cathy Newman, broadcaster.

AN Indian restaurant in Grays has won a top prize at the national Curry
Life Awards. The New Delhi won ‘best restaurant’ category at the annual
industry awards held in central London for best Indian in Thurrock.

More than 800 people attended the gala evening hosted by TV presenters
Cathy Newman and Adam Shaw.

The New Delhi has been a launch pad for various careers by members the Rahman family who’ve helped pay their way through college by working part-time at the 100-seat restaurant.

Asrafur Rahman runs the business with his uncle who is also the head
chef but thinks nothing of calling on his two bothers to help out when
things get busy. One is an engineer and airline pilot, the other a
math’s teacher.

Asrafur said: “I’m the only brother who went into the restaurant
business full-time but it’s great when they roll their sleeves up and
help out if we are short of staff.

“We’re the biggest Indian restaurant in Grays and people do like their
curry round here.”

New Delhi signature dishes include Bangalore Naga Masala Chicken,
Shatkora Lamb and Jaipur Chicken. The chef’s special dishes include
Gurka Masala, Kashmiri Begum Bahaar and Nepali Chicken Tawa.

Andrew Kenny, UK managing director of Just Eat, said: “The Curry Life
Awards is an incredibly important event, recognising and celebrating the
hard-working restaurants all across the country dedicated to serving
fantastic food to their customers each and every day.

“We’re thrilled to support Curry Life and the excellent work the whole team does to promote the interests of this vibrant industry, which contributes so much to Britain’s culinary culture.

 “A massive congratulation to all of the nominees and winners on your
achievements – you truly are the best of the best.”