Words: Shamim de Brún
From November 1 to November 7, Asian restaurants from all thirty-two counties will be serving up special dishes, hosting events, and offering deals for diners to celebrate the diverse and delicious cuisine of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia.
This week-long celebration is also a nod to the amazing contribution the Asian community has made to Ireland. And on November 7, the Castleknock Hotel will host the awards ceremony to honour the best of the best. Restaurants will be awarded in five regions – Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connaught, and Dublin . As well as nationally for the overall winners.
The judges will include a panel of food writers, journalists, and chefs, as well as public voting.
“Asian cuisine has really taken off in Ireland, and these new awards will take it to newer heights. We at Ruchii in Blackrock are delighted to participate in Restaurant Week and really looking forward to it,” says Dr. Murali Sayana, owner of Ruchii restaurant in Dublin.
And Koirala Nawa Raj of Kathmandu Kitchen is also thrilled: “Nepalese cuisine is unique and distinctive from other Asian cuisines. We want more people to enjoy Nepalese cuisine. And we are looking forward to being a part of the restaurant week and awards.”
The brains behind the awards are former restaurateur and hospitality consultant Paul O’Connor and food writer and journalist Suzanne Campbell. “Having been involved with Asian food businesses for many years, I felt the community needed an opportunity to celebrate both their food and the contribution they make in Ireland. It’s time to celebrate the varied cuisines and culture of the vibrant countries in this region.”
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