Daata’s dou­ble suc­cess in Ir­ish curry awards

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

DAATA in Grey­stones has won the ‘Best New­comer’ cat­e­gory in this year’s Ir­ish Curry Awards, while its sis­ter restau­rant in Bray has won the sil­ver in ‘Best Neigh­bour­hood’.

Speak­ing at the Grey­stones restau­rant, pro­pri­etor Waseem Saeed said that the whole fam­ily is thrilled at the suc­cess of Daata in the awards. Waseem’s wife Ra­had is the chef be­hind the Grey­stones premises.

‘This was the first one for Grey­stones and Bray, we never went for it be­fore. So to win two the first time was great,’ said Waseem.

The judges came for their meal and didn’t make them­selves known un­til after they had eaten, so it was a real ex­pe­ri­ence, and on a busy Satur­day night.

Waseem’s un­cle Mo­hammed opened in Bray as a take-away only in 1998. Ra­had started work­ing there in 2000. Since then, she and Waseem worked there un­til they opened in Grey­stones in July 2017.

The Bray premises later moved to the seafront, start­ing as a take­away and shop, de­vel­op­ing to a sit-down restau­rant along­side the take­away. It’s built up to the point where get­ting a seat at the week­end can be tricky.

Both premises are busy, Bray par­tic­u­larly with de­liv­er­ies and take­aways. ‘Sum­mer­time is par­tic­u­larly busy in Bray’.

The fam­ily, na­tives of Pak­istan and now based in Charles­land, knew that there was a de­mand in Grey­stones for an­other restau­rant.

‘We were al­ways look­ing for a place in Grey­stones,’ said Waseem.

A year later, the Church Road premises has be­come a very wel­come part of the town’s lo­cal land­scape.

Both restau­rants serve de­li­cious, fresh food with a wealth of de­li­cious flavours in each dish.

An es­ti­mated 700 curry houses op­er­ate suc­cess­fully be­tween Bal­ly­fer­riter in Kerry and Bal­ly­cas­tle in Antrim.

These awards were cre­ated by Belfast-based restau­ra­teur Askir Ali to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion made to Ire­land’s food scene by hun­dreds of In­dian, Bangladeshi, Pak­istani and other Asian chefs, restau­rant work­ers and man­agers.

‘Curry may have been born in In­dia, but it has grown and ma­tured across Ire­land,’ Askir Ali said. ‘The Ir­ish Curry Awards are recog­ni­tion of that. I was re­ally sur­prised and thrilled to see the level of sup­port that was out there for the Ir­ish Curry

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