F-antastic! Lasan is Britain’s Best Local Restaurant


Birmingham restaurant comes out on top on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word

ONE of Birmingham’s most critically acclaimed curry houses has received the golden nod from Gordon Ramsay after winning his F Word contest.

Indian eatery, Lasan, beat off competition from 10,000 restaurants to the crowned Britain’s Best Local Restaurant in Gordon Ramsay’s F Word contest which aired on Channel 4 on Thursday night.

And the restaurant, based in the city’s Jewellery Quarter, is now aiming to become the first Michelin-star Indian restaurant in Birmingham.

Head chef Aktar Islam said he was delighted with the award.

“It’s a massive achievement. It’s hard to describe the emotions I was going through when Ramsay said we had won,” he told the Birmingham Post.

“Winning the title is a massive step in raising the profile of Indian cuisine beyond takeaways and Tikka Massalas.

“My menus are designed to challenge perceptions, whilst still retaining authentic and original recipes, and the restaurant aims to be the height of sophistication and fine dining. I always wanted to prove Indian food could kick it with the best of them and I hope this win shows that.”

Aktar and co-chef Aysan Shaikh went up against Cambridgeshire’s The Pheasant gastro pub in the eagerly anticipated final.

Both teams were given the task of preparing three courses using meats reared throughout the series by TV personality Janet Street-Porter.

And it was Aktar’s mouth-watering menu of ginger chicken starter, specially marinated rump steak and Gaja Ka Halwa desert which wowed the show’s critical diners.         



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