"all about giving our customers the quality of service"
Indian restaurant The Fat Buddha has been voted the UK’s best Curry Restaurant at the 2021 Curry Life Awards.
The restaurant in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, entered the prestigious awards for the first time and won the big prize.
Owner Shorif Ali expressed his delight at picking up the national award.
He said: “What a great tribute for us to be recognised in this way.
“The past couple of years have been extremely challenging for businesses like ours and it is marvellous to emerge from such difficult times with such a top award.
“Our success is very much a team effort – and is all about giving our customers the quality of service that they demand and deserve.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in achieving this top honour.”
The Fat Buddha is known for its innovative Indian dishes such as Chicken Chilli Masala and Sikandari Badi Lamb.
It also offers a unique lunchtime tapas menu.
The Curry Life Awards celebrates the fusion cuisine of Indian food in the UK.
Curry Life stages the awards in London and is part of a wider organisation that organises the British Curry Festival around the world.
Matt Bushby, the UK marketing director for Just Eat, said:
“We are thrilled to sponsor the Curry Life Awards, celebrating one of our most treasured and iconic industries; one that has helped so many communities in so many ways over the last 18 months.
“We are delighted to play a part in showcasing the hard work and imagination of chefs and owners who continue to improve and impress in producing fantastic, value-for-money and creative cooking.
“Our congratulations go to all of those who have won awards.
“You fully deserve them for standing out in this excitingly crowded and competitive industry.”
On the 12 annual Curry Life Awards, Syed Belal Ahmed, editor of Curry Life Media Group told Hemel Today:
“Over the years we have been staging the awards, we have seen a major stepping up of standards and quality being offered to customers to the point where several restaurants are in a position to challenge for accolades such as Michelin stars.
“One of the major aims of the awards has always been to highlight best practice going on across the country – so that everyone has the opportunity to learn from the best – and that indeed has always been a driving principle behind Curry Life itself.
“That so many owners have chosen to use their lockdown time to invest in their businesses, and raise standards, is a real credit to the perseverance and ingenuity of all involved.
“We are delighted to recognise these efforts through the Curry Life Awards.”