Since opening in June 2012, North Tyneside residents have been enjoying a new standard of Indian cuisine. Shikara, a 90-seater modern Asian restaurant providing the highest calibre of contemporary Indian cuisine in a striking two storey, sea-view development in Whitley Bay, has turned the tired curry house model on its head by offering the finest food in the most sumptuous of surroundings.
Co-owned by Azad Miah and award-winning chef Shohid Ahmed, by offering Bangladeshi and South Asian dishes as well as fusion recipes from India at an affordable price, Shikara has been a draw for food fans from right across the region with its ambitious menu and its striking architecture offering panoramic sea-views.
Now the success of the business – which has enjoyed year-on-year growth – has led to the restaurant’s head chef Shohid Ahmed being named the Curry Life Chef Awards ‘Chef of The Year’ at a lavish ceremony at London’s five-star Lancaster Hotel on Sunday 19 October, attended by leading public figures including MP Keith Vaz, who hosted the event.
Since launching in 2009, the Curry Life Chef Awards have become the definitive accolades of merit for British-based curry chefs, with the main purpose of the awards to honour curry industry professionals who have shown outstanding performance and culinary excellence.
The restaurant which announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Backworth Percy Welfare Cricket Club in April, believes that creating a sense of community has been one of the keys to their nomination.
“We’re incredibly proud to have won the award thanks to our loyal customer-base,” says Mr Miah. “Word of mouth reccomedations have been key to our growth and we thank our customers for putting us forward for this award.”
“We’re really proud to have introduced so many people in the region to the wide and varied flavours offered by Bangladeshi, South Asian and Indian food,” continues Mr Miah. “We hope to continue to share our success with our customers for many years to come and winning this award has been the icing on the cake.”