A popular Pallion takeaway is hoping to curry favour with judges to be named among the best in Britain.
Spice1 in St Luke’s Terrace is the only Sunderland venue to make the top ten of the Best Takeaway in the North East category in the British Takeaway Awards.
Manager Syed Rahman is calling on customers to help them reach the next stage of the contest by voting for them as their pick of the poppadoms.
If they are successful in the public vote, which closes on Monday, October 24, the venue will be visited by judges on a mystery shop visit.
Syed says the venue, which has been based in Pallion for the past four years, prides itself on its Indian takeaway favourites, as well as its traditional Bangladeshi dishes such as its extra spicy hari mirchi curry dish.
Syed said: “We were nominated initially by our customers and were delighted when we made it through to the top ten in the North East from all the nominations. We’re the only one in the top ten from Sunderland.
“We have a great response from customers on our food and we feel really proud that they put us forward. As well as the classic dishes, we do a number of more unusual ones such as honey chilli chicken.”
If they make it through to the next round, Spice1 will be in the running to win the top prize of up to £5,000 and free sign-up to the online takeaway service Just Eat.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 5.
Now in its second year, the British Takeaway Awards, which this year received 15,000 nominations, were established to recognise Britain’s love of takeaway foods and the industry’s £9billion contribution to the UK economy.
A spokesman for the awards said: “Our local takeaways are the beating hearts of our high streets. From incredible Indians to perfect pizzerias, every town has their heroes and every individual has their favourite.
“As a nation we’re proud of our local chippies; we relish in recommending ‘that great little Chinese place’; we lay claim to our towns creating the best curries. This is how much Britain loves takeaway. This is how proud we are that they’re part of the fabric of our diverse communities.
“So, for the second year running, we’re rewarding the dedication of local takeaway owners across a multitude of cuisines, recognising their contribution to our economy on a truly national scale. We’re saying thank you to the unsung heroes, the hardworking people behind the great little takeaway places that we love to lay claim to.”
•To vote for Spice1 in the British Takeaway Awards visit http://www.thebtas.co.uk/