The well-known British-Asian industrialist, philanthropist and life peer Sir Gulam Noon has passed away at the age of 79. Known as the “Curry King of Britain”, Mumbai-born Sir Gulam was best known for his association with Southall, the area of West London home to a large Indian community. His was …Read More »
Two much-loved ingredients combine to make a fabulous whole. Ingredients 1 cup okra chopped into inch-long pieces200 grams of Prawns – shelled and deveined1 medium onion – finely chopped2 – 3 green chillies (cut lengthwise)Oil for frying For the masala ½ coconut grated6 – 8 Kashmiri chillies1 teaspoon turmeric powder1 …Read More »
The owner of an Indian restaurant has been charged with manslaughter after a customer with a severe peanut allergy died after eating a curry at the restaurant. Paul Wilson, a 38-year-old pub owner, suffered an anaphylactic shock after eating at the Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold, Yorkshire. The restaurant’s owner, …Read More »
London’s Cinnamon Club is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to Indian cuisine in the UK. From taking the humble curry up-market to experimenting with offal, Executive Chef and CEO Vivek Singh and his head conjurer Rakesh Nair are known not only for their pioneering efforts but also …Read More »
Vivek Singh, the Executive Chef of London’s venerable Cinnamon Club, is rushing about the magnificently appointed interior of the club, a grand old Victorian building which once housed the Old Westminster Library.
He’s toting what can only be described as an over-worked iPad, and an even more exhausted-looking iPhone – fielding calls, arranging meetings, checking Specials and making sure everything is just right before lunch service gets underway.
It’s unsurprising that the tech in his hands is being taken to the very edge.
Quite apart from overseeing the more than 100 bookings expected at the Club on a drab, wet Monday afternoon, the India-born Singh is also charged with running the Club’s latest off-shoots – the Cinnamon Kitchen and Anise in the City and the new ‘Casual Dining’ experience Cinnamon Soho.
The poor Apple products.
Parliament Square just down the road from the Club maybe the scene of frequent anti-capitalism demonstrations but business across the Cinnamon empire is booming, nearly a decade and a half since it opened its doors to the public.
It broke new ground at the outset – so much so that the BBC was moved to do a documentary series charting the establishment of the Club – in taking Indian food upmarket.
Some – in fact, many – were sceptical. How posh can you make a Chicken Tikka Masala? Are punters supposed to pay for the use of exquisite porcelain?
But Chef Vivek – who disregarded his family’s pleas to become an engineer and turned to cooking instead, thank God for that – and Cinnamon have defied expectations.
The food remains sublime – Tatler placed it among its top London restaurants last year, raving about the “incredible things” Chef Vivek was doing with game birds and the fashionable new ingredient on the market, Offal.
This week the Club won the top award at the annual British Curry Awards – best in Central London.
The UKAsian caught up with the Chef Vivek to talk innovation, strait-jackets, authenticity and favourite haunts.Read More »
Some 2000 people descended on Battersea Evolution this week for the 10th annual British Curry Awards, the so-called ‘Curry Oscars’, celebrating the curry what is now not only one of the most important elements of Britain’s cultural fabric but an industry worth nearly £4 billion and which employs tens …Read More »
An elderly Pakistani-American man has been jailed for 18 years in prison for murdering his wife in New York after she refused to cook a supper he had demanded. Noor Hussain, 75, was convicted of second degree murder for killing Nazar in April 2011 as she lay in bed in …Read More »
Prime Minister David Cameron has called for curry house restaurateurs to take the uniquely “British” curry to the world and pledged his full support to make Chicken Tikka the “dish of choice” from the plazas of New York to the beaches of Rio. The Prime Minister made the comments during …Read More »
Actor Tom Cruise’s much-reported visit to an Indian restaurant in Hertfordshire has been turned into a short film. The Mission Impossible visited Veer Dhara in St Albans with a group of friends last August, ordering lobster and chicken tikka masala. A friend of the Hollywood superstar however, had to settle …Read More »
The West Yorkshire town of Bradford has been voted ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ at the 10th edition of the annual awards ceremony. Bradford marginally beat out previous winner Glasgow in the competition to top the annual tables for the third time. Organizers of the competition said Bradford is a city …Read More »