5 of the Best – Yorkshire Spices

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13

Prashad

Since they were finalists on Channel 4’s Ramsay’s Best Restaurant in 2010, The Prashad in Drighlington near Bradford, has won numerous food awards as well as being named in the Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide. The restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant using authentic recipes handed down through generations, combined with new ideas conjured up by highly experienced chefs.

Serving Gujarati and South Indian food, the Prashad serves up a unique culinary experience in an intimate and welcoming environment by knowledgeable, intuitive and friendly staff, giving you an experience that you’ll never forget. They serve up dishes you won’t find our in any other restaurant in Yorkshire; from speciality ‘street food’ style snacks to sumptuous desserts and homemade cocktails and mocktails.

Every dish produced in the restaurant is cooked from scratch, using only the highest quality, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and the chefs are that proud of the recipes, that they have even produced an award winning cookbook with them in!

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Tapasya

Tapasya, in Hull,  is one of the first restaurants outside London to offer Indian fine-dining. They are local and independent but draw on global influences offering the finest food and a wine list of more than 100 labels, with attentive service in luxurious surroundings and private dining room.

Tapasya is certainly turning up the heat when it comes to curry in Yorkshire, offering lunchtime options, an a la carte extravaganza and daily specials which raid the best of the fresh, local produce including tantalising vegetarian delights. Don’t worry if you like the traditional stuff though, Tapasya serve the favourites that make Indian food so popular and a range of beers, spirits and cocktails unrivalled in an Asian restaurant.

But don’t just take our word for it, Twitter feedback is full of glowing reviews by guests ranging from business groups and family outings to stars of the sporting world, who have all enjoyed dining in the midst of the sparkling chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling wine racks.

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Zouk

Driven by a passion to refresh Indian and Pakistani cooking for today’s more health conscious diner, Zouk first opened its doors in Bradford nearly a decade ago in 2006. Combining street food from the markets of Lahore with traditional dishes from the Indian sub-continent, Zouk is a true melting pot of the very best in modern and traditional cookery.

Their 110 seater restaurant is a stylish, chic affair and their dishes are similar in this regard too. The presentation of the food is excellent and this is an ideal environment to enjoy a good Indian dish. Their menu is varied, with regularly changing specials, but perhaps my favourite part of their menu is their large selection of delicious seafood options – many of which are light, flavoursome and delicious.

Finally, you might not just find Zouk in Bradford, as they’ve got a branch in Manchester but more impressively they’re often found on the road too. Zouk On Tour has been feeding hungry crowds at festivals since 2011 and in 2015 they won the ‘best dressed’ stall at the 2015 Glastonbury Trader Awards.

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World Curry Festival

Bradford is officially the curry capital of Britain. That’s not just my opinion, but the opinion of many as the city was voted Curry Capital of Britain for the fourth year in a row in 2014. As a result, it only seems right then that the World Curry Festival should take place annually in Bradford.

The World Curry Festival was born out of a love of food, culture and community. It’s a unique event that’s quite simply ‘a celebration of all things curry’. There’s stalls aplenty all accompanied with amazing aromas, plus masterclasses and talks from some of the best spice masters in the business.

The seventh World Curry Festival took place in September 2015 and saw thousands of spice-lovers head to Bradford for a selection of delicious and diverse dishes with inspiration from the likes of Thailand, India and Malaysia.

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Bundobust

Bundobust is a craft beer bar in the centre of Leeds, where customers can enjoy delicious pieces of Indian street food from the kitchen too. Since opening in July 2014, Bundobust has been an incredibly popular establishment on the Leeds foodie scene.

The menu is inspired by India’s vibrant street food scene and there’s a small but perfectly formed selection of yummy tapas-style dishes to choose from. A personal favourite is the Vada Pav – a take on Mumbai’s favourite burger – which is a fried spicy mashed potato ball coated in gram flour, served in a brioche bun with red & green chutney & hot green chillies. Also, if you’re looking for the ultimate bhaji, their Onion Gobi Bhaji Bhaji, is absolutely delicious.

The idea behind the bar started out as a collaboration between Prashad, the award winning Drighlington restaurant highlighted above, and The Sparrow Bier café in Bradford. These two businesses hosted a handful of food and beer pairing events and due to the huge success of these, decided that a permanent place would be popular – and they’re not wrong!

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