Sunderland and Durham curry houses battle for hungryhouse.co.uk prize

Shofozul Islam outside his Cafe Spice restaurant on Douro Terrace, Sunderland, which has been nominated in the English Curry Awards 2011.
Shofozul Islam outside his Cafe Spice restaurant on Douro Terrace, Sunderland, which has been nominated in the English Curry Awards 2011.
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A CURRY war is hotting up as two of the region’s finest restaurants prepare to do battle.

The pair are set to compete in prestigious national awards to find the UK’s king curry house.

Cafe Spice in Sunderland and the Taj Mahal in Durham are both up for awards in The hungryhouse.co.uk English Curry Awards 2011.

Cafe Spice owner, Shofuzol Islam, from Thornhill, said: “We keep the quality of the food up and we have so many regulars that keep coming back because they know we only offer the best.”

Added to that is the restaurant’s prime location in Douro Terrace, Ashbrooke.

Mr Islam, 47, added: “The location makes it popular as well. We have good parking facilities and the ambience of the restaurant all adds to it.

“Our staff have been here a long time so they know most people who come in, but the main point is that I try to keep the best quality food, hygiene and service. They are the key things.”

Mr Islam will be battling it out against the Magna Tandoori in Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Rupali Restaurant in Newcastle to win the prestigious Restaurant of the Year.

The Taj Mahal is competing for Takeaway of the Year against Cafe Spice in Newcastle and Balti Hut in Middlesbrough.

Managing director of {http://www.hungryhouse.co.uk,www.hungryhouse.co.uk,Click here to visit www.hungryhouse.co.uk} Shane Lake said: “Thousands of nominations were received from all around England for the 2011 hungryhouse.co.uk English Curry Awards. We cannot wait to find out who are the nation’s curry champions. The competition is fierce.”

The awards will take place in Manchester on Monday.

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