An Indian restaurant in Dartford has won Southeast Regional Takeaway of the Year at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards.
Polash, the Indian take-out restaurant in Princes Road, won the prestigious award on Sunday October 2 at the InterContinental Hotel in the O2 arena.
Polash was established in 1991 and has since been recognized as one of the best Indian takeaways in the Dartford area – bringing the true flavor and traditional taste of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.
The Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards are Britain’s biggest celebration of the vibrant Asian restaurants and takeaway industry.
Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Samantha Simmonds and magician and famed Magic Circle member Paul Martin, the coveted awards honor the best of the UK’s South Asian cuisine in a range of prestigious regional and national categories.
The Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards highlighted the pinnacle of over 2,370 restaurants and takeaways across the UK that were nominated by restaurant enthusiasts and foodies from more than 700,000 Chef Online customers – the digital app for ordering food and booking tables on the go – to reveal the finalists.
The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of ambassadors and judges including Chand Rahman, Mohammed Mujibur Rahman, former mayor of Corby; and Graham Taylor.
Restaurants were awarded based on three key factors: food quality, service quality and value for money, followed by the score, which includes food hygiene rating and reviews from websites such as TripAdvisor and Google.
Restaurants that made it through the grueling first phase were judged and invited to enter a Cook-Off contest.
The UK curry industry contributes £5 billion a year, which in 2015 accounted for a fifth of UK restaurants since the 1800s.
Today, there are more Indian restaurants in Greater London than in Delhi and Mumbai combined.
The awards celebrated and recognized Britain’s vibrant Asian restaurants and takeaways and offered solidarity and morale to the industry which is currently facing headwinds including high energy costs, inflation and the impact of the pandemic.
Salik Mohammed Munim, founder of the awards, said: “The 2022 Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards are a celebration and recognition of Britain’s dynamic Asian restaurants, takeaways and chefs. Since the inception of the awards, we have clearly seen the phenomenal quality of entrants, and the bar set by each, and each nominee has risen each year.
“I am truly blown away by the standards set by the competition and having been made aware of the exceptional quality and service provided by the nominees, I can confidently say that the Asian culinary industry in Britain is in safe hands.
“Every nominee and winner should be proud of their work.
“The 2022 Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards are extremely special to us as they have returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
“The gathering was moving and symbolic as it brought together members of the Asian food industry during an exceptionally difficult and trying time.
“The cost of the energy crisis is a real threat to the sector, and many face the prospect of closing doors after serving their local communities and customers for decades. It was a back-to-back assault on the sector, which was recently reeling and recovering from the pandemic, and post-Brexit staff shortages.
“It was a poignant moment for all of us, to be together and offer moral support and well wishes. I really wish us all the best.
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