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Your guide to 50 of the best Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani/Sri Lankan and Nepalese restaurants offering the highest standards in food and service for 2013.

The "Best in Britain Awards" (BIBA) ran annually for 15 years to support the growth and development of ever higher standards in the ethnic restaurant sector. As the number of such awards proliferated and became meaningless the Mood Food Mofos were created in 2011 and 1012 to acknowledge excellence. Due to popular demand we have reverted to the "Best in Britain Awards" giving annual recognition to those restaurants we feel are exceptional in 2013.

Cafe Spice Namaste

London E1 - Continuing brilliance from Chef/Patron Cyrus Todiwala OBE

Mint Room

Bath - Smart restaurant run by Luthfur Rahman with Head Chef Mamrej Khan

Cinnamon Club

London SW1 - Very stylish meeting place from Master Chef Vivek Singh

Cinnamon Culture

Bromley - Smart Michelin recommended restaurant

Bombay Brasserie

London SW7 - Still setting the standard for others under Chef Prahlad Hegde

Calcutta Brasserie

Stony Stratford - Top food and service in a 17th Century Chapel


London W1 - Fantastic Michelin starred cuisine from Chef Alfred Prasad

Chez Mumtaj

 St Albans - Fine Dining and great decor from top chef Chad Rahman

La Porte des Indes

London W1 - Fantastic decor, fantastic food from Chef Mehernosh Mody


Southall - The Anand family's perennial favourite with great Punjabi cuisine


London SW1 - South Indian Michelin starred cuisine from Chef A.V. Sriram

The Cumin

Nottingham - Exciting restaurant run by yet another branch of the Anand family


London W1 - The flagship Michelin restaurant for Atul Kochhar

Britannia Spice

Edinburgh - Multi award winning restaurant owned Dr Wali Tasar Uddin


London E14 - Smart restaurant and top cuisine from Chef Navin Bhatia


Cookham - Multi award winner. Supposedly Heston Blumenthal's favourite Indian


London SE23 - One of the best Indian restaurants outside the centre of London.


Northampton - Very smart award winning restaurant with branches in Bedford and Leamington

Cinnamon Kitchen

London EC2 - Award winning sister to Cinnamon Club under Head Chef Abdul Yaseen

Indian Ocean

Ashton under Lyne - Nahim Aslam's popular, super active, award-winning restaurant

Chutney Mary

London W10 - Classic restaurant from Namita and Camillia Panjabi's Masala World group

Le Raj

Epsom - Excellence from the team of Enam Ali MBE, the man who runs British Curry Awards

Rasoi Vineet Bhatia

London SW1 - Wonderful Michelin standard cuisne from Vineet Bhatia and wife Rashima


Birmingham - Elegant restaurant and wonderful food from Head Chef Bishal Rasaily


London W1 - The most recent Michelin starred Indian restaurant - sister of Trishna Mumbai.


Edinburgh - New to our list but has proved to be very popular in its short existence offering high standards.


London W11 - Chef Andy Varma leades a top team to provide great food and service.

Bengal Dynasty

Shotton - Long established but as smart and popular as ever with East Indian & Bangladeshi cuisine.

Indali Lounge

London W1 - A top 'healthy eating restaurant' near Baker Street from Dr Kartar Lalvani. Celebrity favourite.


Nottingham - Smart Michelin recommended restaurant in the heart of the city.


London W8 - Now a member of the Tamarind Collection offering top class food in elegant surroundings.


Leicester - Very stylish with attractive decor and excellent food. Even has its own chef's table.


London SW1 - Multi award-winning, Michelin starred restaurant from the Masala World Group.


Oxford - Ali Azam's new, popular restaurant has already built a following based on good food and service.

Imli Street

London W1 - First established in 2006 as Imli, now offering inspired Indian Street food.

Spice Lodge

Cheltenham - Smart restaurant offering Indian & Thai cuisine from Mohammed H.Rahman and his team


Birmingham - Top cuisine from multi award winning chef Aktar Islam

India Dining

Warlingham - Asad Khan's very classy restaurant on The Green


Milton Keynes - Fantastic purpose built Indian and Thai restaurant

Chilli Pickle

Brighton -Eexciting award-winning restaurant run by Alun & Dawn Sperring - great cuisine.

Mango Lounge

Windsor - Top class food from award winning Chef Ashwani Kumar


Cardiff - Great cuisine and service from Chef Stephen Gomes and his team


Birmingham - Raj Rana's stylish award winner


Bradford - Amazing restaurant that is an institution in the industry

The Ambrette

Margate - Exciting food from ambitious chef Dev Biswal


Edinburgh - 'Indian cuisine redefined' - Michelin recommended and voted Best Indian Restaurant in Scotland 2013.

Curry Lounge

Nottingham - Indian & Punjabi food from Chef/Patron Raz featured on Gordon Ramsay show. Multi award winner.


Bradford/Leeds/Sowerby Bridge - Created by charismatic Raf in Greengates 17 years ao with a special community/friendly atmosphere and good food.


Bradford - Bobby Patel & his team's vegetarian cuisine championed by Gordon Ramsay. Now in larger premises at Drighlington.


Mitcham - Great food, enthusiastic management, weddings, banqueting hall - it's all here - supported by a host of celebrities.

BIBA OUTSTANDING AWARD 2013 (for restaurants that continue to innovate, develop & excite)

Cinnamon Culture - Bromley

Destination restaurants are few and far between and need to be treasured when they are discovered. Since this Michelin recommended restaurant opened on the site of an old Victorian pub, it has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of owner Manpreet Dhingra and Head Chef Suresh Pillai. The decor is relaxed and stylish and the food is at the cutting edge and at amazingly reasonable prices. The food continues to be a visual and taste delight, exploring Indian cuisine to the full deserving of 'outstanding' recognition.

Chilli Pickle - Brighton

Since being started by Alun and Dawn Sperring, Chill Pickle has moved premises, grown a strong following and won award after award, including a Bib Gourmand from Michelin and two AA Rosettes.This is contemporary Indian cuisine of the highest standards with an ever evolving menu that is exciting and innovative.


Imli Street - London W1

Transformed from Imli to Imli Street offering trendy Indian Street style food. Part of the Tamarind Collection it offer dishes such as Naan Pie and slow-cooked railway curry catering for the trend towards street-style. Exciting concoctions are offered at the bar attacting the trendy Soho crowd. Very different from its previous incarnation but exciting and innovative.


Best in Britain Asian Restaurant Awards 2013