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The Balaka in Weeke Says It Will Win The British Curry Awards

December 18, 2012 by J Wade

This year The Balaka, a Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant in Weeke, just missed out on winning the prestigious British Curry Awards. It reached the finals, along with two other curry houses from Hampshire.

Balaka’s owner, Shafi Hussein, said after the awards ceremony that although he is his obviously disappointed not to win, he found the competition both enjoyable and memorable. He has taken on board the feedback from the judges and will be making more improvements to the restaurant and the dishes in the forthcoming months with the hope to win next year.

The British Curry Awards ceremony was held in 26th November at Battersea Evolution in London. It is the most reputed contest for Asian restaurants in the UK and usually features a host of celebrities. This year Jenny Bond co-hosted the event and Rory Bremner, Dragon’s Den Theo Paphitis and Shane Richie were in attendance. David Cameron has recognised the event and named it “The Curry Oscars” as it allows each of the UK’s 10,000 restaurants to compete for a regional or category award.

The Best Restaurant South East was won by Haweli Indian Restaurant in Twyford, Berkshire and the Best Newcomer Restaurant South East was won by Shampan 4 at the Spinning Wheel in Westerham, Kent.

The Balaka serves a classic selection of Indian and Bangladeshi curries and also serves some signature dishes such as their Moori Konto, slow-cooked yellow lentils with fresh Scottish salmon in a creamy sauce, and Monkfish Malibar, with whole garlic, royal cumin, fresh chillies and turmeric.

It is great to see a Hampshire curry restaurant reach the finals of such a prestigious event. If they follow the judges advice then The Balaka has the chance to be crowned the best curry house in the South East of England.

The Balaka also do takeaways, deliveries and cater for events and corporate hospitality.

  • The Balaka
  • 75 Stoney Lane
  • Weeke
  • Winchester
  • Hampshire
  • SO22 6EW
  • Tel: 01962 859 606
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