North-Muskham-based Ashiana Indian restaurant won an unprecedented two awards at the prestigious Curry Life Awards.
The popular Indian restaurant went home with the restaurant award for Best in Nottinghamshire 2017 and Best Takeaway of the Year 2017 for the recently opened Ashiana Curry Lounge at Long Bennington in Lincolnshire.
Collecting the award on behalf of the restaurant and takeaway, owner of the Ashiana, Saiqul Miah said: “We genuinely didn’t think we had a chance of winning anything when we saw who the other award nominees were.
“But we were stunned when we were announced as winners of not just one award, but actually two.”
No other restaurant won more than one award on the night, leading host Michael Buerk to describe Saiqul as: “An entrepreneur in the Indian restaurant business,” for opening an award-winning takeaway in addition to his already successful Indian restaurant.
Sai continued: “At the Ashiana, my head chef Shimul Ahmed and the service team always work so hard to deliver an authentic and contemporary Indian dining experience using only the freshest ingredients.
“However, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our wonderful customers nominating us.
“These awards acknowledge all the efforts of my chefs and the service teams at both the restaurant and takeaway. We’re all delighted that our customers enjoyed themselves so much that they wanted to nominate us for the Curry Life awards.”
The glittering awards ceremony was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London and we hosted by broadcaster Michael Buerk.