An Indian restaurant in Norfolk has been nominated for a national food award in two categories.
Tamarind Indian Fine Dining in Blofield is in the running for Best Restaurant of the Year and Eastern Restaurant of the Year at the 2021 English Curry Awards.
Eight Norwich restaurants were also nominated, including Namaste and Merchants of Spice.
The English Curry Awards are an annual competition that aims to celebrate Asian talent in the UK curry industry, with the list of finalists decided by public vote.
A spokesperson for Tamarind Indian Fine Dining said everyone at the restaurant was “thrilled” to be nominated after a “year of testing.”
“It’s fantastic to be nominated for the English Curry Awards this year,” he said. “We are absolutely delighted to have been put forward, especially after the challenges we have faced over the past year.
“Like everyone else, it has been a very difficult and trying year. We have had our share of difficulties due to the shortage of supplies and ingredients that many companies are currently experiencing.
“The support from our customers has really helped this year. Probably 90% of our customers are regulars. The excellent response from the local community motivates us to continue to provide excellent service and do our best for our customers.”
The restaurant had already won an award at the English Curry Awards in 2018, for General Manager of the Year. It also won the Best Restaurant category at the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards in 2017.
In addition to looking forward to the awards ceremony, management has planned a few changes for the restaurant.
The spokesperson added, “We are always looking for ways to improve. We are in the process of creating a take-out reception separate from our fine dining room so that we can provide guests with a better experience.”
The winners will be announced on October 18 at an awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport.