Takeaway is judged best bar naan

A WALLSEND takeaway proved it is second to naan after currying favour with the judges in a culinary contest.

Spice Palace, in High Street East, was crowned winner at this year’s North Tyneside Curry Chef Competition and will go on to represent the borough in a regional contest later this month.

Owner Abdul Karim said: “We thought we had a good chance of winning, but it feels great to actually come out on top this time around.

“Having come third last year, we were really determined to do even better this year. Thankfully we did, and now we hope to go on and win the regional final.”

The winning meal comprised a king prawn habib starter and a lamb lajawab main course, with basmati rice, all cooked by chef Afsar Qureshi.

Abdul added: “This award is great news for the business.

“I have owned the takeaway for around three years, and I’m very proud of it.”

The three runners-up were Ahar in Whitley Bay, Aramee in North Shields and Dine at Home in Battle Hill, Wallsend.

All competition entrants had to have been operating with good standards of hygiene, based on their last inspection.

As well as winning a place in the North East Curry Chef final, Spice Palace was presented with a plaque.