The public have been voting in their thousands (12,893 to be exact up from 11,000 in 2011) and today the organisers of the Welsh Curry House of the Year 2012 reveal the names of the top 30 restaurants, through to the next round of the competition.
Each of the 30 restaurants will be celebrating their success by making a Welsh Lamb Curry available to the public until the end of March.
“I’m hoping that everybody who lives near one of the top 30 restaurants will pay them a visit over the coming weeks. Reaching this part of the competition confirms that we have world class Indian cooking in every corner of the country,” said Berwyn Rowlands from The Festivals Company.
“Using locally sourced ingredients like Welsh Lamb is fantastic. I’m confident that most people in Wales will want to try a Welsh Lamb Curry and who knows if the Welsh Lamb Curry proves popular it might become a permanent addition on the menu,” he added.
The names of the Top 30 restaurants are:
Maahi’s, Ruabon by pass, Wrexham, LL14 6YY. Telephone: 01978 822220
Sopna Tandoori, Pentraeth Road, Menai Bridge, LL59 5RW. Telephone: 01248 717778
Rozi's Tandoori Indian Restaurant, 16/18 Meliden Road, Prestatyn, LL19 9RT. Tel: 01745 856310
Bengal Dynasty, 1 North Parade, Llandudno, LL30 2LP. Tel: 01492 875928
The Suhail, 12 Bastion Road, Prestatyn, LL19 7ES. Tel: 01745 856829
Country Spice, 95 Hawarden Road, Wrexham, LL12 9NW. Tel: 01978 760020
Sopna, Felin Wen, Caernarfon, LL55 2BB. Tel: 01286 675222
Samirah Tandoori, 36 Regent Street, Llangollen, LL20 8HS. Tel: 01978 861877
Spice of India, Abergele Road, Bodelwyddan, Rhyl, LL18 5SR. Tel: 01745 827355
Omar Khayyam Tandoori, 40 High St, Llangefni, LL77 7NA. Tel: 01248 722595
Zeera, Emporium Building, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5DL. Tel: 01597 823844
Bengal Spices, Ashfield House, Llanymynech, SA22 6ER. Tel: 01691 830170
Dwbi's, 9 Carmarthen Road, Cross Hands, SA14 6SP. Tel: 01269 831608
Shapla Tandoori, 8 College Street, Lampeter, SA48 7DY. Tel: 01570 422076
Zeera Indian Restaurant, 103 The Struet, Brecon, LD3 7LT. Tel: 01874 610746
Nawab Tandoori Restaurant, 12 Christina St, Swansea, SA1 4EW. Tel: 01792 470770
Vegetarian Food Studio, 109 Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF11 6JT. Tel: 029 20238222
Cardamom, 442c Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JN. Tel: 029 20233506
Purple Poppadom, 185 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ. Tel: 029 20220026
Bombay Blue, 27a Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, CF15 7SS. Tel: 01443 842828
Raduni, 107 Monnow St, Monmouth, NP25 3EG. Tel: 01600 716235
Barry Gate, 98 Main Street, Barry, CF63 2HN. Tel: 01446 747421
Misbah, 9 Priory Street, Monmouth, NP25 3BR. Tel: 01600 714940
Ashok, 68 Nolton Street, Bridgend, CF31 3BP. Tel: 01656 650678
Indian Empire, Park Wall, Crick, Calidcot, NP26 5UT. Tel: 01291 431144
Viceroy of India, 12-14 Penrallt Road, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7AP Tel: 01443 862500
Jaipur, 34 The Esplanade, Porthcawl, Bridgend. CF36 3YR. Tel: 01656 786950
Tamarind, 65 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4ED. Tel: 01792 869448
The New Lahore, 145 Lower Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1EE. Tel: 01633 265665
Empire, 157 – 159 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3NT Tel: 029 20485757
The 2012 competition will also incorporate Wales’ Largest Curry Festival with all 30 short-listed restaurants taking part. The festival which runs for 5 weeks starting on 20 February will combine the nation’s love of curry with locally sourced Welsh produce. Welsh Lamb will be a key ingredient during the festival as each restaurant will offer their take on a delicious new curry.
Over the following five weeks the independent regional judges will visit each of the 30 short-listed restaurants. The top three restaurants in Wales, one from each region, will be announced on Monday 26 March 2012.
The national judges will spend a full day visiting all three restaurants competing in the final. During the visit each restaurant will be invited to impress the judges with one of their signature dishes, available from the public menu.
The national winner will be announced during a Gala Dinner at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay on Monday 23 April 2012.