17th October 2018
Charity Fund Raiser announced for National Curry Week
Certificate of Excellence Award from Cobra Good Curry Guide
Kuti’s Brasserie, the fine dining Indian restaurant which opened in the former gate house of the historic Royal Pier in Southampton this summer, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Asian Curry Awards and is tolreceive a Certificate of Excellence from the Cobra Good Curry Guide. The Guide’s editor Pat Chapman, will present his award at a special VIP dinner at the restaurant on Tuesday 13th November.
Spice lovers will be able to sample the restaurant’s award-winning cuisine and raise money for a good cause, when chef Ravi Rao will serve a series a Royal Thalis from Sunday 21st October until Thursday 25th October, during National Curry Week. With a set price for the Thalis of just £18.95, £5 will be donated for Health Poverty Action charity’s Curry for Change campaign.
Now celebrating is twentieth anniversary, National Curry Week, founded by the late Peter Grove, is sponsored this year by Kingfisher Beer.
The Royal Pier, which is now home to Kuti’s Brasserie, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1833. Styled ‘Empress of India’ after 1876, Queen Victoria ate curry every day after being introduced to Indian cuisine by her ‘Munshi’, Abdul Karim, on the Isle of Wight.
Set in an imposing two-story property, Kuti’s Brasserie has four dining areas with 110 covers on the ground floor; 60 on the first floor; 30 upstairs in the Chandelier Cocktail Bar; and 60 additional seats on the outdoor rooftop terrace, with views across Southampton Water.
Kuti’s Brasserie is on the former site of Royal Thai restaurant, which occupied the venue for 10 years until recently. Kuti’s Brasserie is owned by restaurateur Kuti Miah, who aged 60, still works front of house. It was formerly located in Southampton’s Oxford Street, until it was closed by fire in April. He also owns Kuti’s Express, a takeaway on Southampton’s Aldermoor Road; Kuti’s Noorani in Eastleigh in Hampshire and Kuti’s of Wickham, near Portsmouth.
Miah has recruited, Ravi Roa, formerly of the Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia, as his Executive Chef. Roa expects to introduce an haute Indian cuisine menu, to sit alongside traditional curry house favourites.
“A venue such the Royal Pier’s Gate House deserves a first-rate restaurant with a world class chef – and with Ravi, we now have one,” said owner Kuti Miah, adding, “He’s a great addition to Southampton’s dining scene.
Coinciding with the reopening of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, following its recent £7.5m renovation, one of Chef Roa’s first initiatives has been to introduce an early evening, express pre-Theatre menu.
Health Poverty Action is an international development organisation working to strengthen poor and marginalised people in their struggle for health.
Curry for Change is the charity’s fundraising campaign that uses people’s love of curry to help the lives of rural families in Asia and Africa who suffer from hunger.
National Curry Week is a has been running since 1998 as an excuse to revel in the nation’s favourite dish – curry! Celebrated each October, it applauds the diverse culture in the UK whilst generating funds for good causes at home and abroad