Photos: A new Indian restaurant opens in Padiham

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A new Indian restaurant has recently opened in East Lancashire with unique dishes and experimental mocktails on the menu.

No 81 on Burnley Road, Padiham, only opened last week but has already impressed customers with its mouth-watering dishes.

Owner Mohammed Shabir described the restaurant as “family friendly, great value and focused on healthy eating”.

Mohammad Chabir

He said, “We’re relatively cheap because with the price going up right now, we just wanted to give back to the community, really.

“We also offer 2 for 1 on starters and main courses so it works really cheap for the customer.”

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Mohammed, who has been in the industry for around 12 years, working in Indian restaurants around Padiham, said: “I have a real passion for this industry. It’s the only thing I’ve done for 10-12 years.

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“My first job was in an Indian restaurant and I have just continued it. I am enthusiastic and hands-on.

“I run in front of the house but I can also cook.”

Using his knowledge, he has put together a menu filled with classic Indian dishes as well as some you might not find in other restaurants.

Their unique Royal Bengal mustard is served in a creamy mustard sauce while their Amil dish consists of chicken and mango smothered in a sweet chilli sauce, served with chilli and orange rice.

The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but Mohammed urged customers not to judge them based on that factor.

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He said, “Come down and try us. We don’t serve alcohol, but don’t knock us out until you try us.

“We’ve had a brilliant response on Facebook so far and several tables are saying they’ll be back.”

The restaurant also serves experimental mocktails using their special smoke gun.

He said: ‘Because we don’t sell alcohol, we sell quirky mocktails. We have a smoker that infuses the drink with different flavors.

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“In the future, we hope to get an alcohol-free bartender LED mask.

“We are still working on the menu, but classics such as the virgin mojito and strawberry daiquiris can currently be purchased.”

Mohammed said he is also working on a vegan menu to be released later this year.

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