Mahdi Lounge wins award

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Mahdi Lounge

A Rye restaurant fought off tough competition to be crowned the best in East Sussex at an annual awards ceremony celebrating the nation’s finest curries.

Mahdi Lounge, in Cinque Ports Street, won best Indian restaurant in East Sussex at this year’s Euro Asia curry awards.

Held at Mayfair Venue in Romford last week, the prestigious annual awards celebrate the very best curry eateries in the UK and the talented, hardworking people behind them.

More than 200 restaurants and takeaways serving curries, from Indian to Thai, were nominated for this year’s awards. A panel of expert judges travelled around the country to find out who offered the finest cuisine, customer service, and atmosphere, before picking the winners.

The Euro Asia Curry Awards were set up in 2015 by Bangladeshi chef Shorif Kahn, who has 20 years of industry experience behind him. He has cooked for a number of well-known figures, including Theresa May.

Shorif said it was more important than ever to celebrate excellence in the industry when so many restaurants had been badly hit by the pandemic.

He added: “After such a difficult period for restaurants up and down the country, it feels fantastic to be able to showcase and celebrate some of the most talented and hardworking people in our industry.

“Not only do these businesses contribute a huge amount to the UK economy, they’re also loved by their communities. It’s wonderful to see them all open again and thriving.”

The Mahdi Lounge team with family members at the award ceremony

Image Credits: Nick Forman , Sara Odeen-Isbister .

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