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Bengal Brasserie open opposite First Direct Arena delivers celebrity service

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Food fit for a champion

Bengal Brasserie’s latest restaurant which adds to their popular growing brand is ideally located opposite the city’s world famous First Direct Arena, offering the people of Leeds the finest Indian and Bengali delicacies.

The authentic Indian and Bengali restaurant is the ideal place to go and sample the fine delights on offer, bringing a taste of Asia to Leeds.

Whether you’re going to an event at the arena or just in the area, Bengal Brasserie offers fine dining in a relaxed environment to unwind and sit back and forget the stresses of your day and enjoy good company with good food.

The spacious and luxuriously dined restaurant is located on the busy Merrion Way, and sits directly opposite the First Direct Arena, in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

Mr Malik who is in charge of the restaurant spoke of what they have to offer and a brief overview of their journey to where they are today he explained:

“We offer good authentic curry, we cater for everybody whether it be parties, families, business people or people going to the arena. We cater for everyone; all ages are welcome here, we are particularly busier on evenings and weekends.

“The Company began in 1995, The Merrion Way branch is latest addition to the group having opened in 2017. We have another four restaurants in Yorkshire, one is based in the Burley Road area of Leeds and one on Roundhay Roads in Leeds also.

“We have two further restaurants in Wetherby and York which have also proved to be a big hit with people.”

Mr Malik explained how there are no current plans to expand further as they are looking to focus on their Merrion Way restaurant ensuring they deliver the usual Bengal Brasserie standard he explained:

“At the moment we are concentrating on our new Merrion Way restaurant, but once this has settled down, there is no reason we can’t look forward we always look for the right time and opportunity.”

He then went on to detail what Bengal Brasserie are about and the award-winning service that they provide he said: “Our award-winning chef focuses on Indian and Bengali cuisine.

“This restaurant is a nice contemporary, classic design, with a relaxing atmosphere for people to come and enjoy their time, people can come here to have an enjoyable Asian experience sampling some of the finest food Asia has to offer.”

Mr Malik went on discuss the location of the restaurant and its importance of why they decided to branch out this year, he explained:

“We are located in an area of Leeds which is regenerated nicely, being located opposite the Leeds First Direct Arena is a huge plus for us as it gives us a huge opportunity to pull in more clientele, we are already benefitting from this as people come to us for their pre-show meal.

“We have only been open for a few months, but we already have gained a lot of regular clients who recommend us to their families, friends and businesses from the local areas to come to us, so our brand is just going from strength to strength every day.

“We would like to appeal to our Asian food lover, so that they can come to us and enjoy the culinary delights of Asia. Bengal Brasserie is a name that people can trust.

“It is testament to itself that has been able to branch out to a fifth store showing the growing popularity across diners across the Leeds and wider Yorkshire area.”

Bengal Brasserie have carried on their stellar service in the industry and continue to provide training and experience to their workers to provide their award-winning service, as Mr Malik explains:

“Merrion Way’s Restaurant employs over twenty staff who are specially trained and welcoming with previous experience having worked in their other Bengal Brasserie branches across Yorkshire, ready to provide you a memorable and enjoyable Indian experience.”

Bengal Brasserie has had lots of familiar faces from TV go through their doors, including local tea time news favourites, to stars of soap and Sporting stars from the area, Mr Malik said:

“Leeds favourite and boxing champion and World IBF title hopeful, Josh Warrington, has a curry named after himself and is a regular diner and friend of Bengal Brasserie.

“We also have regular celebrity visits, from members of Emmerdale with cast and crew regularly coming here with their families and friends, other famous names from the area also dine here, recently Calendar News presenter Christine Talbot dined with us.”

Mr Malik then discussed what type of menu’s Bengal Brasserie offer and their plans for the next few months he explained:

“We do a special lunch buffet, which is for the business people, we provide like a quick lunch which is very popular, we also sell buffets for pre-arena events for people who are looking to eat a high-quality meal quickly before they enjoy an arena event.

“We are looking forward to the busy period, with Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, with lots of parties being booked up it will be a very busy period. We offer discounts to large parties and group bookings of ten or more people.

“Leeds City centre is an emerging place for fine dining and we are new to the city centre, come and sample our authentic Indian delicacies and enjoy your evening in a relaxed tranquil atmosphere and forget the stresses of your week and unwind while having fun with family and friends and treat yourself to a high-quality evening with the finest Indian cuisine that Leeds has to offer.”

Bengal Brasserie is located at 5 Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BT. You can contact them to book a table via telephone: 0113 2436318 or visit their website which is

Their opening times are Lunch 12:00-2:30pm Monday-Saturday when their Special Lunch Buffet is available for £8.95 per person, this is also available on Sundays 12.00-4.00pm. They are then open 5:00pm-11:30pm. While they are open 12:00-10:30pm on Sundays.

Bengal Brasserie patrons also can benefit from two hours of free parking at the car park which is directly above the restaurant, however this does exclude arena event nights.


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Yorkshire Powerhouse dinner: First Direct Arena set to welcome 34th annual Aagrah business dinner

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DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

Two of Yorkshire’s leading companies, the First Direct Arena and Aagrah Restaurant Group are proud to announce an exclusive working partnership, leveraging their respective strengths in the hospitality and entertainment sector.

The two will come together for the first time for the 34th annual Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Dinner, set to take place this year on 10th October2016 at the renowned Leeds arena.

The strong and strategic fit will see the companies deliver large scale premier business and social events, with Aagrah’s award winning Kashmiri and international cuisine served up at the world class venue.

The Aagrah Dinner is widely acknowledged as the platform to network, connect and engage. The huge success of last year’s dinner, attended by close to 800 business guests was covered by TV and press media alike.

Every year the prestigious black tie dinner focuses on a current business topic to showcase the region and its success in a bid to encourage investment to fuel further growth and development, to be a major player on the world’s business stage.

The dinner is in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Chairman, Mohammed Sabir.

The evening will combine five key Yorkshire hospitality Awards, networking opportunities, speakers, a sumptuous five-course banquet dinner and great entertainment. The event will also be filmed and broadcast on a major Sky channel as a show.

Yorkshire’s economy mirrors its size and diversity: with finance, legal, manufacturing, medical, digital, retail, food, agriculture and nuclear all strong sectors contributing to a healthy economy.

On top of this, tourism in Yorkshire is worth over £7 billion which is more than the total tourism expenditure of many other countries such as Ireland or Denmark.

Yorkshire & Humber have the largest concentration of food and drink businesses in the UK, contributing £1.7 billion to the regional economy.

All of this and more will be recognised at the awards dinners later this year.

As well as commending the enterprising minds amongst us, the Annual Dinner also supports charities that benefit the region. This year’s two beneficiary charities are Macmillan and Weston Park Cancer Charity, Sheffield.

Companies wishing to book a table (£950 for a table of 10)  at the Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Dinner 2016  can contact Taz Azmi, Media and PR Manager for the Aagrah Group on 07951 370028 or email

MOBO Awards overtakes Leeds: Grime takes centre stage

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HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

Leeds’ inaugural hosting of the annual MOBO Awards finally arrived last week, and what better way to mark the 20th anniversary than with the biggest and best event to date.

Held at the landmark First Direct Arena, thousands of fans packed inside the stadium to see Grime artist, Stormzy, walk home with two major awards, and rap duo, Krept and Konan, also pick up a double victory.

Stormzy, from London, was acknowledged with the Best Grime Act accolade and Best Male Act, beating the likes of Mark Ronson and Skepta to the latter.

It is the second year in a row that the 22-year-old has been named as the number one grime act on a night where grime came to the forefront of the music industry.

Meanwhile, Krept and Konan received their Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album trophies, telling newsbeat, all the work was certainly worthwhile.

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

Karl ‘Konan’ Wilson said: “It's been a long year. We've been touring doing shows here and there.

“There have been headaches, ups and downs but we're here now with awards to show for the hard work we've done.”

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

Meanwhile, Ella Eyre was named as the 2015 Best Female Act and Drake scooped the Top International Act award.

It was a special night for Cee-Lo Green and Lenny Henry, who both received special awards to commend their work in music and further afield.

Green, who is best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley and chart topping single, Forget You, received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: “I am honoured by this acknowledgement, especially so young in my career. And it is all the incentive anyone would need to continue doing what I love.”

Henry, who received a ‘Paving the Way’ award from Great British Bake Off’s own Nadiya Hussain, said: “It's an honour to say you've paved the way for people because my career isn't over. I don't feel like anything's finished yet.

“It's a huge honour. I'm very, very happy. It's wonderful.”

There were also wins on the night for FKA Twigs (best video), Section Boyz (best newcomers), Skepta (best song), Popcaan (best reggae act), Fuse ODG (best African act) Shakka (best RNB/Soul act), Faith Child (best gospel act), and Binker and Moses (best jazz act).