TASTEBUDS tingled as a Sunderland takeaway was crowned a winner at the Takeaway.com English curry awards.
Rowshuni, in Ryhope Road, was awarded the title of the North East’s best regional takeaway.
Its claim to serve traditional yet creative, Indian, South Indian, Bangladeshi and Halal cuisine has put the Wearside curry house on the map.
Nominations came in from all over the region and competition was tough.
However, the hard work of manager Zaman Chowdury and his team has paid off.
Mr Chowdury has owned a number of takeaways across the country and has 20 years’ experience in the food industry.
He said: “Our kitchen is open plan and we cook everything in front of the costumers.
The businessman added: “The interactive experience we provide means we reassure our customers we are hiding nothing as they see everything that goes into our cooking.”
Part-owner Mohammod Cofil said it was an honour to win the Takeaway.com award.
“We are excited for the future,” he said.
“Business has been hard recently, but we refuse to compromise on quality. We hope that this recognition will give our takeaway the boost it really needs.”
The awards, which were held in Bolton, were presented by Sunny and Shay from the Bafta-nominated Channel Four series The Family.
More than 450 guests attended, including boxer Amir Khan and fiancée Faryal Makhdoom.
Operation manager of Oceanic Consulting Yasmin Mahmood, who organised this year’s awards, said it was important takeaways were recognised and rewarded.
She said she hoped Rowshuni’s award would help them “to grow, gain confidence and get out there”.
The awards had been a runaway success and made their mark on the English Asian calendar.
The annual event, which celebrates the English Curry industry, also raised £1,000 for charity partner Save the Children.
The money will be used for the benefit of a project in Bangladesh.