City street food in­spired curry house up for award

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By KATY HALLAM

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.

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