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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan dines with fans in Yorkshire

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Hosted by Mumtaz Leeds and Asian Express, Clarence Dock played host to some of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s biggest fans on Thursday 7th September.

The legendary qawwali singer-songwriter, met and dined with guests at the VIP event.

Rahat treated the 150 or so avid followers to hundreds of selfies at the grand setting of Mumtaz Leeds restaurant, and humbly answered any questions.

The award-winning singer was in the UK for his special 'Tribute Tour', where he performed some of his greatest Bollywood hits, as well as the music of his distinguished uncle and music tutor, qawwali maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.

A special award was also presented by Rahat at the dinner, coupled with a hug, to seven-year-old Dylan Avtar, who has raised over £2,500 for toys to gift to orphans in India, Pakistan and Great Britain.

Dylan, after being inspired by watching a film about orphans, turned around to his parents and said he wanted to make children who don’t have a mum and dad smile.

The primary school kiddo climbed England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike, ensuring he took with him to the summit, flags of India Pakistan and United Kingdom, in a great show of solidarity and love.

“Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of Pakistan’s greatest exports,” said one guest; “We should come out and celebrate the message of support for such celebrities – they’re doing a great job in dispelling stigmas and misconceptions.”

Another commented: “Music is a universal language. My 11-year-old may not perhaps understand all the lyrics, but she certainly hums to many songs in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. She’s thrilled to be here tonight dining with undoubtedly one of the biggest vocal stars in Bollywood.”

The event was sponsored by Asian Express Newspaper, Ice Scoop Gelato, Abu Bakr Superstores, Phantom the Lounge, SKR Solicitors and Avtar Properties.

Mumtaz Restaurant has played host to numerous celebrities over the years, and has even catered for Her Majesty The Queen.

 

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Restaurant serves up a taste of luxury via Clarence Dock

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LUXURIOUS TASTE: Mumtaz Leeds will become the first Indian restaurant in the UK to partner curry and caviar

LUXURIOUS TASTE: Mumtaz Leeds will become the first Indian restaurant in the UK to partner curry and caviar

Curry and Caviar...only at Mumtaz Leeds

Food aficionadas in Leeds will soon be able to experience a taste which Gordon Ramsey himself called ‘the Mediterranean’s best kept secret’ - as organic caviar arrives at Mumtaz Leeds.

Blending some of the restaurant’s most renowned dishes with a serving of the world-famous gastro-luxury, Mumtaz Leeds will launch their new, extended menu, later this month.

The restaurant is the only establishment in the entire Yorkshire and Humber region with the rights to serve caviar after signing an exclusive agreement with the Riofrio Caviar stockists, ExpomarketingUK.

GOURMET: A range of Riofrio caviars will be available from Mumtaz Leeds

GOURMET: A range of Riofrio caviars will be available from Mumtaz Leeds

Mumtaz Leeds owner, Rab Nawaz, says he has long had a hankering for caviar and was delighted to be able to bring the acquired taste to his menu at Clarence Dock.

“Caviar has always been an enjoyable food for me and there are so many health benefits to it,” he explained.

“I have used it at home in my cooking many times yet it wasn’t until recently that I thought, ‘why not bring this taste to the public?’

“So many people have never experienced caviar and we are delighted to be the only Indian restaurant in the UK to be serving curry and caviar.”

He added: “I didn’t just want any caviar for Mumtaz Leeds, it had to be the best. When I found Riofrio, with it being the world’s first organic caviar, I knew it was the right one for us.”

Riofrio Caviar is farmed in a small Andalusian town in Granada, where sturgeons live in the pure aquatic waters all year round.

The site obtained the world’s first certification of sturgeon and caviar in organic aquaculture in 2001 and continues to provide only the cleanest fresh waters for the fish to live in.

Thilak Abeysekera, director at ExpomarketingUK, was first approached by Mumtaz Leeds during a food expo as Rab was searching for a ‘special ingredient for his menu’.

“When Rab told me about his plans for curry and caviar I thought to myself ‘you’re a crazy man’,” Thilak said.

“However, the more I thought about it, and the more we spoke, this crazy idea seemed a brilliant one.

“He came down to London and we sat down to discuss the future for Riofrio caviar in Mumtaz Leeds and now here we are. I truly believe that Rab’s vision for this magnificent restaurant is something our caviar can only help make into a reality.”

ON THE MENU: Caviar will be introduced to Mumtaz’s menu in the very near future (pictured l-r) Mumtaz Leeds owner, Rab Nawaz, and ExpomarketingUK director, Thilak Abeysekera

ON THE MENU: Caviar will be introduced to Mumtaz’s menu in the very near future (pictured l-r) Mumtaz Leeds owner, Rab Nawaz, and ExpomarketingUK director, Thilak Abeysekera

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