City street food inspired curry house up for award
A COVENTRY curry house which takes inspiration from the street food of Pakistan is up for a prestigious award.
The 3 Five 1 restaurant opened up on Stoney Stanton Road around two years ago and was highly commended in the Asian Curry Awards last year.
Now it is up for another newcomer award – this time in the British Curry Awards which take place on November 26. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by classic Pakistani street food, and the chefs aim to use the same techniques as those used on the streets of Pakistan. The team developed the dishes after travelling all over the country, from Karachi to Lahore and up to Kashmir, trying dishes as they went.
Owner Masud Khan said: “We’ve been nominated in probably the most prestigious awards going as the best newcomer - and we’re looking like strong contenders.
“Our food is always fresh and authentic and I’d say 97 per cent of our customers at the moment are from Birmingham, so we’re bringing the balti back from Birmingham and the customers. We pride ourselves on serving up fresh and locally-sourced food. We’ve also just recruited a desert chef and we’ve got more plans for the future.”
As well as the usual traditional Pakistani dishes you’d expect, you’ll find plenty of more unusual offerings on the menu.
The Kashmiri Stuffed Lamb sounds amazing – and it’s so special you need to order it at least 24 hours in advance! Billed as the ultimate decadent meal, you can choose between a slow cooked whole lamb, or leg of lamb.
The whole lamb is stuffed with fragrant rice and seasoned with peppers and spices, and served with raita and a side salad.
Other dishes we’re dying to try include the Tawa, which allows diners to sample a bit of everything.
Cooked and served on a tradition tawa hot plate, this mighty meal includes seekh kebab, chicken tikka, lamb chops, lamb karahi, naan, roti and fries. And another of the restaurant’s exclusive dishes is the Tak-a-Tak, which hails from the street vendors of Lahore.
Cooked on a burning hot plate, the famous Tak-a-tak gets its name from the sound made by the spatula slicing and cutting the meat on the plate as it cooks.
The 3 Five 1 restaurant website says: “The chef blends the meat and spices seamlessly to create this magnificent minced meal, whose sounds and aroma will reach you well before your plate does! Served on the dish it is prepared on, it doesn’t get any more authentic then this.”
The Telegraph is heading down to the restaurant soon to try out some of the food on offer for a review.
But it already seems to have made quite the impression with locals, and those further away. The restaurant has 342 reviews on Google, with a 4.1 star rating.
Abbas Abbas said: “Really liked the food. The service was good and prices were really good. I do recommend you try this place.”
Vicki W said it was ‘the best Indian in Coventry’ in her review.
She added: “We recently stumbled across this amazing restaurant and thought we would give it a try even though we have always been very loyal to our regular restaurant. I can honestly say we will never look back and have found our new favourite by far!”
It opens later on Fridays and Saturdays, from 5pm to midnight.