Papadoms is a newly-opened ‘dhabas’-styled restaurant in the heart of Sunderland. It serves to bring authentic Indian street food to the UK high street.
"Papadoms is the first fully scaleable Indian restaurant business in the world."
An exciting new Indian street food-themed restaurant, ‘Papadoms’, has arrived in Sunderland.
Opening on September 1, 2015, it takes inspiration from Indian roadside diners, or ‘dhabas’.
Glasgow-based owner, Sanjeev Sanghera, wants to bring ‘dhabas’ to the UK high street, following a trip to India.
The local celebrity chef says: “I remember trying the food at the dhabas and thinking this is spectacular, why can’t you get this in the UK?
“This is diner and street food, it’s what people in India eat everyday.”
With a successful pilot established in Ayr, Papadoms is set to be the start of a growing restaurant chain.
— Papadoms (@papadomstweet) September 1, 2015
The menu is of authentic Punjabi food, offering handi (food served in a deep clay or metal pot) and tiffin-style meals (Indian lunchbox made of stacked metal compartments).
The former Ask and Mex Cantina outlet took four months to transform into Papadoms, at a cost of around £150,000.
Creating 30 part-time jobs, Sanghera shows commitment in serving to help boost jobs and trade in Tyne and Wear:
“The site appealed to me because it’s in a specifically-built leisure unit.
“The council here are similar to Glasgow in that they are trying to regenerate the area.”
Sanghera and his family already own two successful traditional restaurants in Scotland. As a budding entrepreneur, he has his fingers in a number of pies:
“I combined my passions for food and business in the early part of my career. I meticulously planned and developed recipes and themes over a period of ten years.
“Papadoms is the first fully scaleable Indian restaurant business in the world and our products are also available at selected retailers nationwide.”
Go and check out Papadoms in the centrally-located Limelight Complex on Sunderland’s High Street West.
Images courtesy of Sunderland Echo
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