The heat has been turned right up in the race to find the best curries in the North-east.
After a record-breaking number of public votes, a shortlist has been drawn up for the prestigious Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards and judges are now preparing to decide on who should emerge victorious.
Sumon Hoque, organiser of the event which aims to celebrate curry cuisine in the North-east while helping good causes, said he was delighted with the response after the public were asked to back their favourite curry eateries.
He said: “We have had an awesome number of votes from the public this year, exceeding 10,000.
“In fact, there were so many entries we had to extend the voting period.”
“Now it is up to our panel of judges to decide which eateries are the best. They will be visiting, tasting and sampling in the next few weeks.
“It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.”
Making it through the shortlist for Best Indian Restaurant in Aberdeen are: Light of Bengal; Jewel In The Crown; Shri Bheema on Belmont Street; 8848 and Monsoona.
The Aberdeenshire Best Indian Restaurant contenders are; Rajpoot in Inverurie; Tandoori Haven in Stonehaven; Spice Of Life in Inverurie; Indian On The Green in Ballater and Echt Tandoori.
There are new categories for this year’s awards with Best Thai Restaurant contenders being Royal Thai, Thaikhun and Bhan Thai, while Best Chinese Restaurant hopefuls are The Manchurian; Yangzte River and Yen Oriental.
Other categories include best Indian takeaway, best Chinese takeaway and best Thai takeaway, as well as Chef Of The Year and Newcomer of the Year.
The winners will be announced at a gala event in the Hilton Treetops on Tuesday, February 7.