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Akbars arrives in Sheffield

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Akbars SheffieldCurry-lovers welcome the ‘King of curry’

More than one-hundred guests were welcomed to an evening of food and entertainment they will never forget last week as Akbars finally arrived in Sheffield.

The highly anticipated launch, on Thursday 29th January, came after a number of requests for the delicious Indian dishes to be available in the city, with Akbars’ reputation for curries, one that is hard to match anywhere in the UK.

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akbarsOn the night, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Peter Rippon, was joined by local business owners and guests who received a first look inside the new premises on Fitzwilliam Street, and a ‘taste’ of what is to come.

Shabir Hussain, founder and CEO of Akbars, said he wanted to bring his unique dining environment to Sheffield to prevent local residents having to travel miles to enjoy an ‘authentic curry’.

“For a long time now, people in Sheffield have been going to our Doncaster restaurant to enjoy the Akbars experience so we thought it was about time we brought the restaurant to them,” he said.

“People were always questioning me, ‘when are we going to have an Akbars in Sheffield?’ and yesterday we finally opened the doors to the new restaurant, which was a great feeling.

“We listened to what our diners wanted and by opening here I hope we are able to continue to build our great relationship with Sheffield’s curry-lovers.”

akbars girls_2Entertainment at the launch event was provided by a variety of acts, from fire-eaters to acrobats, whilst a champagne reception and canapés were also on offer.

Renowned Canadian singer, Roach Killa, brought his usual lively act to the restaurant and helped make the night one to remember for all in attendance.

“The night was fantastic and even with the snow, proved to be a big success,” Mr Hussain added.

Sheffield’s newest dining hotspot will offer up the same renowned dishes that have made the business one of the most loved in the north of England.

As well as bringing great tastes and flavours to the city, a host of new jobs have also created due to the opening, as Akbars continues to excel in its corporate responsibilities.akbars


Bradford crowned Britain’s Curry Capital

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They did it in 2011; they did it in 2012,and now, in 2013, Bradford has once again
been crowned the Curry Capital of Britain.

For an unprecedented third year in a row, the West Yorkshire city clinched the
top accolade ahead of places such as Manchester, London and Glasgow, to continue their dominance in the awards.

CHAMPIONS: (front l-r) Akbars’ Shabir Hussain; Kiplings’ Mohammed Rafiq, Shimla Spice’s Faisal Hussain; and Seabrook Crisps’ Kevin Butterworth

Bradford's unique bid included the creation of a limited edition curry flavoured crisp, developed by local company Seabrook and Bradford restaurant Akbar's, as well as a Poppadomathon.

The team in charge of this year’s bid included other restaurants such as Aagrah,
Kiplings, Omar's, Shimla Spice and Zouk's. Faisal Hussain, manager of Shimla Spice,
Shipley, explained how Bradford’s love for curry has helped the city become a leader
in the field.

“Bradford is the Premier League for curries,” he said. “There are so many fantastic restaurants in the city that we certainly deserved to be recognised as
Britain’s ‘Curry Capital’.

“For this year’s bid, we put together an expert team and have worked extremely
hard to retain the title by doing things such as the curry flavoured crisps.

“To win the title just once is a real honour, but to now be named champions a
record three times in a row, it is unbelievable and fantastic for Bradford.”
Bradford already hosts the annual World Curry Festival and this latest accolade
reaffirms the cities position at the top of the curry industry.

Bradford Council's Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture
Councillor, Susan Hinchcliffe, said she was delighted to see the title return ‘home’.

“It just shows we're unbeatable as a city,” she said, “I want to thank our superb
restaurants, the Bradford tourism team and of course Seabrooks crisps for making
the bid that extra bit special this year. They have all contributed to this wonderful