In a league of their own
The most famous Bangladeshi restaurant is celebrating an anniversary
NAME: Sam and Monrusha Krori RESTAURANT: Curry Corner ADDRESS: Fairview Road, Cheltenham GL52 2EX TEL: 01242 528449 www.thecurrycorner.com
Congratulations on your 42nd Anniversary! What have been some of the highlights over the years?
Thank you! So many highlights.
We have been on a journey. Our restaurant is inside our home, from simple beginnings transformed to being the trendsetter. We have welcomed revered personalities to enjoy our exquisite home cooking in our warm, welcoming, unpretentious dining room, adorned with mesmerising authentic heritage pieces from palaces in India. We’ve been featured on Channel 4 Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word as Best Local Restaurant, shortlisted from 12,000 nominations. Winning more than 25 top food awards, including 2 AA Rosettes – the highest rated Bangladeshi cuisine – and the best, winning Cotswold Life Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year.
A dream come true, for a father and daughter duo cooking at home, completely self taught.
You and your father are a great team, Monrusha. What do you think is the secret of your success?
We have the same culinary brain and we like cooking together. Dad’s 68; I’ve grown up watching him in the kitche. I left a successful law career to cook with him for the people who enjoy our food, and I love it.
What are the best pieces of advice he’s passed on to you?
Follow your passion, put your heart and soul into your cooking. Quality and taste are supreme. Don’t ever cut corners. Be proud to be British and respect your ethnic heritage. We love supporting our local economy and community.
Any humorous experiences in the kitchen you’re happy to share with us?
Exploding Gulab Jamuns in our quest to reinvent the classic Indian dessert… but Gordon Ramsay says our cooking is “Exquisite flavours, better than in India.” It worked out!
When you have a day off, what do you like to do?
We are closed Mondays. We love visiting Cotswold towns and villages.
What are some of your favourite Cotswold ingredients?
Free range eggs, Longhorn beef, Cotswold chicken and lamb, fresh Brixham crab, organic Cirencester flour used for our homemade bread and pastry, local cream for our homemade kulfi.
And your favourite spices to cook with?
Saffron, turmeric, black cardamom, Kashmiri chillies, Kewra.
As well as dining in your lovely Cheltenham restaurant, is it possible to buy dishes to take home?
Yes, it is! On 24 hours’ notice we can cater for 20. With more notice we do larger orders for parties and gatherings.
Can you cater for those with allergies and vegetarian diets?
Yes. Please just ask. We would be delighted to help.
Do you offer cookery classes?
We plan to, for the first time, in 2019. Please drop me an email to monrusha@ thecurrycorner.com to register your interest.
What are you hoping 2019 will have in store for the family and Curry Corner?
Sharing more of our unique culinary journey and expertise. The journey continues. N
Shamsul and Monrusha Krori at The Curry Corner in Cheltenham