Mohammed Sabir opened his first restaurant in Shipley in 1977 to provide authentic, high-quality Kashmiri cuisine to the people of Shipley and Bradford. Now Aagrah has 15 restaurants across Yorkshire, and they even have a range of sauces, chutneys, pickles and marinades available to buy in supermarkets.
With 10 restaurants across the North of England (and one in Scotland), Akbar’s is renowned for gigantic naan breads, fresh curries and great vegetarian options. This popular Indian restaurant chain had humble beginnings in Bradford with a small 28-seat restaurant, but now regularly wins awards for its delicious curries.
Bradford, Leeds, York and Sheffield
Enjoy the tastes of Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan and Persia at Cardamom Lounge in Barnsley. House specials include spicy Naga Bhuna, medium Chicken Hyderabadi and mild Makhanwala, and with a bring your own bottle option and no corkage fee, it won’t break the bank.
265-267 Doncaster Road, Stairfoot, Barnsley S70 3RH 01226 731352
Cutlers Spice is a family-run restaurant – 2014 Chef of The Year winner Noim Ullah and his wife Ashfurn manage the kitchen, while their son Allam is the Restaurant Manager. Their menu is full of classic Indian dishes as well as imaginative Cutlers Special options such as Zarah Chicken, Zinga King Prawn and Chicken Delight.
1 Leighton Road, Sheffield S14 1SP 0114 241 6641
Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant
Loved by herbivores and carnivores alike, Hansa’s vegetarian menu represents a rich culinary heritage from Gujarat in West India. Instead of meat, the curries are made from pulses, daals and vegetables, and popular dishes include the Patra Special, Bhaji Paneer and Urad curries.
72-74 North Street, Leeds LS2 7PN 0113 244 4408
The Madras Restaurant
Known for their friendly, attentive service, this family-run restaurant in Hull has an excellent five-course set menu, speciality dishes and a takeaway service. They’re known for their particularly fiery Vindaloo.
249-251 Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 2SE 01482 213321
You’ve probably heard of Mumtaz before as their ready meals, snacks and desserts are stocked in leading supermarkets across the country. At their huge 500-seat restaurant in Bradford diners can enjoy seafood, vegetarian and meat curries as well as traditional Indian desserts such as Rasmalai, Gulab Jaman and Gajar Halwa.
Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 3HS 01274 571861
This award-winning restaurant uses recipes and methods handed down through the generations to create authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine. Try the melt-in-the-mouth Chole chickpea curry or the Naan Bhaji curry of delicately spiced vegetables.
137 Whitehall Road, Drighlington BD11 1AT 0113 285 2037
Hidden away in a basement, don’t be put off by the location of Shalimar. If you’re unsure what to order, just tell your waiter your meat and spice preferences and they can recommend the best dishes for you, and have something original whipped up in the kitchen.
7-11 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DD 01423 560674
The Spiced Mango
Feeling brave? Try The Spiced Mango’s fiery Naga Pepper Masala signature dish with crushed peppercorns, scotch bonnet peppers and naga chilli. For those who can’t take the heat, the Curried Honey Mustard Chicken is fantastic.
93 New Road, Middlestown, Wakefield WF4 4NS 01924 273500