An Indian takeaway in Shrewsbury has been crowned one of the best takeaways in the UK, after winning a top prize at the Curry Life Awards in London. Mahim, in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury won the ‘best takeaway’ category at the annual industry awards held in central London on November 3rd 2019.

Taj Uddin, the owner of Mahim Takeaway, always dreamed of running his own business and has been rewarded with a string of awards since starting the business in 2008. Taj, 48, began cooking as a teenager and says the majority of people living in his street buy their takeaways from the Mahim and is always keen to keep up standards.

He said: “I can’t afford to let standards slip when most of the neighbourhood eat my food. Everyone works hard so I like to serve up generous portions. It’s all about quality and quantity." The chef’s special dishes include Gurka Masala, Kashmiri Begun Bahaar and Nepali Chicken Tawa.

The awards partnered with ‘Just Eat’ Andrew Kenny, UK managing director of Just Eat, said: “The Curry Life Awards is an incredibly important event, recognising and celebrating the hard-working restaurants all across the country dedicated to serving fantastic food to their customers each and every day. We’re thrilled to support Curry Life and the excellent work the whole team does to promote the interests of this vibrant industry, which contributes so much to Britain’s culinary culture.

Championing The British Curry Cuisine Syed Belal Ahmed, who is the Editor of Curry Life Magazine, which organises the Curry Life Awards, added: “We have been championing the British curry cuisine for many years and despite being hit hard by several recessions, it has managed to survive and flourish."

Winners in Best Takeaway Category: Surma, Old Town, Stevenage; Fusion Foods, Markyate, Herts; Tiffin Takeaway, Chesterfield; Little India, Bolton; Mahim Indian, Shrewsbury.