Two Cardiff restaurants have been nominated for awards in this year’s “Curry Oscars”.
The Juboraj Restaurant on Mill Lane and Cardamom Fine Indian Dining on Cowbridge Road East are both shortlisted for the Best Spice Restaurant Wales in the British Curry Awards.
Babru Miah, owner of the Juboraj who has two other restaurants in Cardiff, said he was pleased his city centre branch has achieved recognition.
Mr Miah, whose grandfather owned Cardiff’s first Bangladeshi curry house in Butetown, said: “It’s brilliant that we’ve been nominated. We’re finally getting recognised alongside the London restaurants.”
Opened 20 years ago, the Juboraj has a well established customer-base and is also a bar and shisha lounge, offering something a little extra to diners.
“We’ve been established so long we’ve got a reputation to uphold and a great location,” he said.
Illyas Miha, of the Cardamom, in Canton, revealed that he ordered a takeaway from his restaurant every week to ensure the highest standard of food is maintained.
The popular curry restaurant will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year and its dedicated customer base is part of the reason its standards are so high, according to Mr Miha. He said: “It feels amazing to be nominated alongside some of the best restaurants in the UK.
“It’s important, especially with the amount of curry restaurants in the area, to have the best quality, taste, best produce. There’s no point in having the food look good if it doesn’t taste great. We’ve had the same customers coming here since we opened so we have to maintain the standards they are used to.”
The British Curry Awards was established by British entrepreneur Enam Ali, who founded the event in 2005. Speaking about the event, he said:
“The British Curry Awards recognise and honour the integral contribution made by the UK’s Asian restaurants and take-away outlets to the social and cultural fabric of the United Kingdom.”
The British Curry Awards 2012 will be held in London on Monday.