Bangor’s Yaks Nepalese and Belfast’s Cinnamon Indian restaurant winners at Asian Restaurant Awards

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Two restaurants from Northern Ireland won awards at this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards in Manchester.

The Bangor-based Nepalese restaurant Aks won the “Best Nepalese Restaurant” award, while the Belfast-based Indian restaurant Cinnamon won the “Best Indian Restaurant” award.

It’s a hit for both restaurants, competing with some of the UK’s best Asian food establishments.

The finalists for the competition were determined by more than 100,000 votes from members of the public across the UK, with the awards celebrating the best of Asian and Oriental cuisines.

The judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) then visited the shortlisted finalists to determine the winners in each of the categories.

The gala took place on Tuesday evening at the Mercure Piccadilly in Manchester and brought together 500 top restaurateurs, chefs, food writers and VIP guests.

ACF President Yawar Khan told those gathered that restaurants in the area have been severely affected due to the pandemic.

He warned that despite the general reopening since the lockdown, restaurants face more adversity in the form of rising prices and worsening staff shortages.

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