An Indian restaurant has no course for complaint – after being voted the best in the business in South Tyneside.
Gazette readers named the Radhuni, in Ocean Road, South Shields, their favourite in our annual Curry House of the Year competition.
It is a cause of double celebration for manager Kowsar Choudhury, 37, and his brother Kamal, 43, who own and operate the eatery.
Later this year, they will also celebrate 40 years in business after their father, Adbul, 82, opened the original restaurant in 1977.
Since then, it has expanded into two adjoining premises and changed its name from Naseeb to Radhuni - which means a chef or a person who cooks.
Kowsar said: “I am delighted and very grateful to all our customers and Gazette readers who voted for us.
“The ingredients of success start with the impression people get of the restaurant from the outside, due to the large glass front and wooden cladding. Our table layout also means customers enjoy a lot of space.
“Then we give excellent service and fantastic quality food at a very reasonable price. South Shields is renowned for its Indian restaurants, and so to win this competition is especially good.”
Kamal joined the business in 1990, two years before Abdul retired, with Kowsar starting part-time in 1997.
The Radhuni employs 15 full and part-time staff, including four chefs.
Later this year the brothers plan to hold a celebration making four decades of business success.
Nine other restaurants were shortlisted in the Gazette’s Top 10 curry houses.
They are Indigo Restaurant, Tandoor International, Café India, India Brasserie, Spice Garden, all in Ocean Road, Kashmir Indian Restaurant, in Frederick St, Lasun, in Dean Road, Spice 1, in South Avenue, and The Raj, in Burrow Street, all South Shields.