Local favourite, Kolkata Lounge impresses judges in Parliamentary Tiffin Cup Competition

Stirchley's very own Kolkata Lounge was presented with an award from Selly Oak MP, Steve McCabe after being named as a West Midlands Runner up in Parliamentís annual Tiffin Cup competition.

Steve nominated the family owned restaurant last year after asking his Facebook followers for their local recommendations. He received lots of worthy suggestions but in the end it was Kolkata Lounge that came out on top.

Parliamentís annual Tiffin Cup competition

The restaurant was opened in 2007 and has firmly established itself as a local favourite. Owner, Ameer Hussain told Steve how he and his brother, head chef Shah Hussain, carefully selected their menu to reflect authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. They also took the opportunity to show Steve the recent revamp of the restaurant. Steve presented the brothers with a framed certificate and the all-important Tiffin Cup Chef Whites to mark their achievement.

The Tiffin Cup is a parliamentary competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in Britain; started in 2006 and now in its 13th year it is renowned for attracting high quality judges. This year the competition was judged by pioneering restaurateur Sanjay Anand MBE. The aim of the competition is not only to applaud the quality of South Asian food in Britain but also to raise much needed money for charity. This year the competition is in aid of charity World Vision.

Mr Hussain said:

It was a great honour to be nominated for this competition by local residents and we were thrilled to be named as runner up for the West Midlands. I have worked in the restaurant industry alongside my brother since I was a teenager and we have always focused on offering quality authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. Being a family owned business means we really care about the restaurant and the food we serve.

Steve McCabe MP said:

I was very pleased to present Kolkata Lounge with an award that recognises their well-loved cuisine. My constituency has many brilliant South Asian restaurants but this year, Kolkata Lounge came out on top. I'm glad the judges highly commended Kolkata Lounge and recognised the quality of South Asian food they produce, Iím looking forward to another visit there very soon.

Prince Charles
Head Chef Shah Hussain with Prince Charles