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East London Indian takeaway named the best in the city but it doesn't even have a restaurant you can visit

MyLondon logo MyLondon 29/06/2022 Ellen Jenne

As the London Curry Awards took place last week (Monday, June 20), London celebrated all things curry, highlighting the work of local businesses from across the capital. Finalists were praised for their “hard work, determination, impeccable service and efforts”. Many of the awards were split in local regions to make sure even the smallest of businesses got recognition.

One of the categories looked at takeaways across the capital, forking out awards to each of the best in London’s different regions. Taking home the Takeaway of the Year East was Redbridge’s Chubby Indian, but that wasn’t all they were awarded, as they also won the Takeaway of the Year Overall Winner accolade.

Serving both east London and the borders of Essex, the takeaway has been praised for delivering an “unrivalled taste experience”. Their signature blue rhino logo is a symbol of their unique, rare and fusion cuisine.

READ MORE: Londoners spend thousands on takeaways each year as 3/4 of the city's residents eat them up to FOUR times a week

The takeaways menu changes on a weekly basis © The Chubby Indian The takeaways menu changes on a weekly basis

The Chubby Indian specialises in East African and Gujarat-influenced Indian cuisine, serving homemade recipes passed from generation to generation. The takeaway operate as a ghost kitchen, which they describe as "specialist kitchens in which our food is made and then delivered to our customers."

Ghost kitchens, sometimes known as dark kitchens, which are a professional food preparation and cooking facility set up for the preparation of delivery-only meals. These types of venues differ from a virtual restaurant as a ghost kitchen is not a branded restaurant and may contain kitchen space and facilities for more than one brand.

The takeaway put their heritage at the forefront of their cooking, using its influence to separate itself from traditional North Indian cuisine. With their illusive founder growing up in 1970s London, The Chubby Indian pride themselves on cooking a flamboyant fusion of East African influenced Indian Bento for customers with an appreciation for authentic and contemporary Indian food.

Now this place doesn’t have a traditional restaurant menu, but instead offers a rotating menu a few times a week. Splitting their menu into “The Carnivore” and “The Herbivore” choices, customers can expect to find dishes such as Jungle Jeera Wings (chicken wings in a caramelised onion and cumin masala), Safari Murgh (rustic chicken curry with spices, garlic, ginger, chillies, peppers and tomatoes), and Serengeti Saag Aloo (a veggie classic with spinach, onion, garlic, baby potatoes and masalas).

The restaurant told MyLondon: "We are a specialist home delivery food provider, making holistically tailored meals to patrons on a bi weekly basis.

"Our menus continually change on a weekly basis, to allow our customers to try new dishes, based on popular dishes, new recipes and fusion dishes that are not generically sold on the market place when it comes to Indian food."

The Chubby Indian also scored a perfect rating on Google reviews, claiming five out five stars. Previous customers praised the takeaway for their “well priced service”, saying: “Hands down some of the best Indian food I've eaten, consistently. Chubby always delivers a friendly, timely and well priced service. The food is honestly AMAZING!!”

Another wrote: “Probably one of the best Indians in the area...delivered fresh and made using top quality ingredients. No excess oil, excess or unnecessary spice - just a perfect balance. Real good food. would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants real authentic Indian food.”

A third said: “Amazing food. Couldn’t get home for Diwali this year so missed out on ‘mum's home cooking’ but this definitely hit the spot. Best Indian food takeaway I’ve had since moving into the area.”

Here are the rest of the winners from this year’s London Curry awards:

  • Outstanding Restaurant of the Year: Chutneys (Euston).

  • Pakistani Curry Restaurant of the Year: Tayyabs (Whitechapel).

  • Outstanding Curry Restaurant of the Year: Tower Tandoori Restaurant (Southwark).

  • South Indian Curry Restaurant of the Year: Anjanaas South Indian Restaurant (Kilburn).

  • Chef of the Year (Voter’s Choice): Bonoo Indian Tapas (Barnet).

  • Chef of the Year (Industry Choice): Ganapati (Peckham).

  • Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Thali Restaurant (South Kensington).

  • Nepalese Curry Restaurant of the Year: Maya DD’s Restaurant (Woolwich).

  • Vegetarian Curry Restaurant of the Year: Thakers (Hounslow).

  • Afghani Curry Restaurant of the Year: Zeenat Afghan Restaurant (Church Lane).

  • Street Food Restaurant of the Year: Ghara (Stratford).

  • Bangladeshi Curry Restaurant of the Year: Taste of Nawab (London).

  • Sri Lankan Curry Restaurant of the Year: Copper Ceylon (Bromley).

  • Caterer of the Year: Madhus Catering (Southall).

  • Best Restaurant Experience: The Monsoon (Tower Hamlets).

  • London Punjabi Restaurant of the Year: Delhi Grill (Angel).

  • Dining Experience of the Year North: Mala Indian Brasserie (Whetstone).

  • Dining Experience of the Year East: Grand Trunk Road (Redbridge).

  • Dining Experience of the Year South East: Hullabaloo (Lewisham).

  • Dining Experience of the Year South West: Moksha (Kingston).

  • Dining Experience of the Year West: Haweli of Ealing (Ealing).

  • Dining Experience of the Year Central: Patri (Hammersmith).

  • Dining Experience of the Year Overall Winner: Grand Trunk Road (Redbridge).

  • Takeaway of the Year North: Chilli TukTuk (Woodhouse Road).

  • Takeaway of the Year East: Chubby Indian (Redbridge).

  • Takeaway of the Year South East: Tiffin Choice (Bromley).

  • Takeaway of the Year South West: Bombay Bicycle Chef (Lambeth).

  • Takeaway of the Year West: KK Kitchen (Hounslow).

  • Takeaway of the Year Central: Dhaba Indian Street Food (London).

  • Takeaway of the Year Overall Winner: Chubby Indian (Redbridge).

  • Restaurant of the Year North: Taste of India (Camden).

  • Restaurant of the Year East: Curry Leaves (Wandsworth).

  • Restaurant of the Year South East: Amera Rani (Croydon).

  • Restaurant of the Year South West: Palace Spice (Battersea).

  • Restaurant of the Year West: Masala Bowl (Wembley).

  • Restaurant of the Year Central: Shilpa Restaurant (Hammersmith).

  • Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner: Masala Bowl (Wembley).

For more information about the awards, visit here.


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