Derbyshire restaurant crowned ‘second best in UK’ for South Asian food!

Derbyshire restaurant crowned ‘second best in UK’ for South Asian food!

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Soi Kitchens, near Belper, was awarded the honour by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott!

Soi Kitchens, of Derby Road, Milford, near Belper, narrowly missed out on first place in the 14th Tiffin Cup, which is presented by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott.

It did however come high enough to rank as the best South Asian restaurant in the East Midlands.

Head chef Sidharth Bakshi impressed the judges, including Ainsley Harriot and Commons Speaker John Bercow, with a Fish Kolivada – pan fried Sea Bass served with curried mashed potato and topped with a tomato and mango coulis with a side of dosa rolls.

General manager of Soi Kitchens, Ben Corner, described the meal as “an eclectic dish beautifully presented with an array of exciting flavours”.

An aerial view: Soi Kitchens, near Belper

He added: “What makes Soi Kitchens’ success in the competition so far even more impressive is that the restaurant has only been open since January but it has already been busy building a strong reputation.”

Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire, said that she was “extremely proud” of the East Midlands win and was eager to announce it in Parliament as a success story for her constituency.

Head chef Sidarth Bakshi accepting the prize with Ainsley Harriot, John Bercow and Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham (Image: Derbyshire Live / Ben Corner)

Soi Kitchens was shortlisted to a final group of 13 restaurants chosen from hundreds across the country.

Entrants are suggested by MPs and then shortlisted based on secret diners, decor, ambience, service and food.

Have you visited Soi Kitchens? If not, we’d advise you do soon!

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