Chutney Ivy Tipped for Success at ‘Curry Oscars’
Leicester-based Chutney Ivy Restaurant is being tipped for success at the 2015 National Curry Awards, hailed as the ‘Curry Oscars’ by many and taking place at a glittering event in London at the end of November.
The National Curry Awards was started in 2005 by Enam Ali and have since become the quality barometer for Indian cuisine in England, rewarding “a new generation of restauranteurs who, by their investment, hard work and creativity, were already setting new quality standards that even the Michelin Guide inspectors could no longer ignore”.
This is one of the most spectacular annual events in the British hospitality industry calendar and is graced regularly by senior politicans, leading statesman and a whole host of famous celebrities. It was David Cameron who dubbed the Awards “Britain’s Curry Oscars”. Such high profile endorsement is a sign of the stature of the awards, but also tips the hat to the significance of this industry to the British economy.
To be considered for an award is a huge achievement and Chutney Ivy owners Shaf Islam and Simon Postlethwaite. ‘We are delighted to be nominated. We work exceptionally hard to be the best we can be in Leicestershire - and in our industry. Chutney Ivy is unlike any Indian Restaurant in the city; Chutney Ivy is a high-end, beautifully designed restaurant that happens to excel at Indian cuisine. To win an award would be the icing on the cake in what has been another incredible year – and has seen us, once again, being included in the Michelin Guide 2016”, commented Mr Islam.
The restaurant, which can be found in Leicester’s flourishing Cultural Quarter and opposite Curve Theatre, have announced they are re-introducing its Lunchtime service in December, which sits alongside its popular pre-theatre offering. They are also taking bookings for Christmas parties – both in the restaurant and basement bar.
Chutney Ivy is at 41 Halford Street, Cultural Quarter, Leicester, LE1 1TR. Tel 0116 251 1889.