City curries favour on national stage

Allam Shah Ullah in the family restuarant, Cutlers Spice, in Leighton Road, Sheffield.
Allam Shah Ullah in the family restuarant, Cutlers Spice, in Leighton Road, Sheffield.

Sheffield is bidding to celebrate National Curry Week – which starts on Monday – by being named Curry Capital of Britain.

Four restaurants have been nominated to represent the city in the race to win national acclaim: Cutlers Spice at Gleadless; Rajput at Walkley; and Kashmiri Aroma and Everest, both in Woodseats.

Each will host a special dinner as part of the event and submit a dossier about its role within the city’s ethnic culture. Members of the public will also have a say in the final winner.

“We’re all really excited and we’re going to give it our best shot,” says Allam Ullah of Cutlers Spice. “But we need everyone to vote for Sheffield by email.

“It’s not about individual restaurants, it’s about the restaurateurs working together for the city – so please get out there and vote for Sheffield!”

Curry enthusiasts are being urged to help Sheffield take the title by emailing ‘Sheffield’ to votecity@fedrest.com

Results will be announced on October 29.

Meanwhile city-based Indian takeaway Café Masala at Walkley flew the flag for Sheffield at last week’s English Curry Awards.

Café Masala was named Best Takeaway in Yorkshire for the second time but narrowly missed out on the national title this year.

Manager Ibby Ullah said: “We feel we’re putting Sheffield on the national curry map, competing against some top prestigious names.”

Shabir Hussain, who runs a regional chain of ten Akbar’s restaurants, including one in Rotherham, was named Curry King of the Year.

Lesley Draper