Hampstead curry The Rajdoot won Regional Chef of the Year at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards.
Bengal Tiger in Old Street, Islington won Best East London Restaurant.
The awards recognize the best of UK Asian cuisine with finalists selected from 2,370 nominations of South Asian takeaways, restaurants and chefs, based on a survey of 700,000 UK customers. chefonline app.
Quality of service, food and value for money as well as hygiene ratings and Tripadvisor and Google rankings were thrown into the mix – with shortlisted restaurants invited to a cooking competition for the judges who scored the dishes on flavor, appearance, texture, hygiene and aroma.
The Rajdoot, in Fleet Road, and the Monsoon restaurant in Kentish Town missed out on the award for best restaurant in North London, which went to Bayleaf in Whetstone.
But owner Mohammad Rahman, whose family founded their sister restaurant in Marylebone in 1964 and the Hampstead restaurant in 2017, said he was delighted to win the award for best chef in north London.
“It was a beautiful ceremony and we are very happy to win this award,” he said. “Chef Abdur Rob is my younger brother and he is very good!”
Abdur prepared Bahari lamb – a dish with tomatoes, green chillies and “chef’s spices” – and “chef’s recipe” Benaroshi King Prawn for the judges, who included Chand Rahman, Mohammed Mujibur Rahman and Graham Taylor.
Mr. Rahman added, “The dishes are very good and special for our restaurant.”
The coveted ARTA awards were handed out at the InterContinental hotel at the O2 on Sunday in a ceremony hosted by BBC television broadcaster Samantha Simmonds and magician Paul Martin.
Awards founder, Salik Mohammed Munim, said: “The ARTA Awards are a recognition of Britain’s dynamic Asian restaurants, takeaways and chefs. Since ARTA’s inception, we have clearly seen the phenomenal quality of entrants and the bar set by each and every nominee has risen every year. I am truly blown away by the standards set by the competition and having been privy to the exceptional quality of the nominees, I can confidently say that the Asian culinary industry in Great Britain is in good hands. Each nominee and winner should be proud of their work.”