A number of curry houses across Hertfordshire have been nominated for the Regional Restaurant of The Year Award at the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards 2023.

The winners will be announced at a glittering red-carpet event at the London Hilton Park Lane on October 8, with the following restaurants in contention to take home the prize:

  • Chilli Bar & Kitchen, St Albans
  • Cumin Bar & Restaurant, Cheshunt
  • Indian Sizzler, North Watford, Watford
  • Mint Leaf, Bishop's Stortford
  • Paprika Indian Restaurant, Hitchin
  • Raj Of India, Welwyn Garden City
  • Ruby Indian Restaurant, Hertford
  • Shahanshah Tandoori, Cheshunt
  • Village Tandoori, Watford
  • Zaffran One, St Albans

Nominees were chosen after more than 750,000 customers put forward their favourite restaurant, with the awards recognised as among the most prestigious for South Asian cuisine in the UK.

"Asian restaurants have made a significant contribution to the UK economy, both historically and in recent times," said Mohammed Munim, founder member and CEO of ARTA.

"They deserve recognition and rewards for their efforts. These restaurants have not only created thousands of jobs but have also boosted local economies through their presence, especially post-Brexit.

"To provide staunch support to the thriving Asian restaurants in Britain, ARTA acknowledges and highlights their importance in the culinary landscape.

"Each nominee is a worthy winner, and we look forward to celebrating with them all at the award ceremony on October 8."