"We're very proud of all the team"
Sat Bains has been honoured with the title of the best UK restaurant.
The two Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham was named the best in the 2022 edition of Harden’s – the UK elite culinary guide.
Ratings and reviews are based on 30,000 reports from Harden’s annual survey of 3,000 regular diners.
Restaurant Sat Bains jumped from fourth place to the top spot, knocking Purnell’s in Birmingham off the number one position.
Sat Bains opened the restaurant with his wife Amanda in 2002. He said:
“We’re very proud of all the team – what a great start to the year after such uncertainty for two years.
“Harden’s is based on people who have spent their hard-earned money and that’s always important.”
Sat made a name for himself in the culinary industry since growing up in Derby.
During lockdown, he launched a home-delivery curry kit with his mother Tarsem, called Momma Bains.
His Nottingham restaurant attracts diners from all over the country, sampling his innovative 10-course tasting menus.
The Harden’s guide says of the restaurant:
“Just outstanding in every way. It is a testament to Sat Bains and wife Amanda’s hospitality that they have created one of the country’s best-rated gastronomic destinations in a former motel amidst the flyovers on the edge of the city.
“Once you find it, you will keep going back for more – superb cuisine and correspondingly varied wine list, full of surprises.”
Sat describes his eatery as a “working-class restaurant”.
Diners have just started to return after a month-long closure while the bar, restaurant and wine station layout were redesigned by Amanda.
A number of changes have been implemented to enhance the customer experience.
The number of covers has also been reduced from 44 to 36.
The cost of the famous 10-course menu has increased to £195 per person, or £225 to sit at the chefs’ table and kitchen bench.
The price increase is believed to be due to a combination of Brexit, Covid-19 and wanting to provide diners with a superior experience.
Peter Harden, the co-founder of the guide, said:
“Sat Bains has been a leader of the national restaurant scene for more than a decade now, and his lockdown curry service is a great example of the resilience and creativity shown by the sector in the face of the pandemic – qualities the best restaurants will need as we emerge from this national trauma.”