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A taste of Delhi is coming to Wearside with love from Tyneside

The award winning My Delhi restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne is set to open a second branch on Wearside thanks to its popularity.

As a street food favourite specialising in authentic Delhi food, the eatery has become a firm favourite on Tyneside since its opening in 2019. One of the secrets of its success centres around the fact their chefs are all from India’s capital, well versed in creating the roadside stall dishes they grew up with.

The Newcastle restaurant boasts an Instagram-friendly Tuk Tuk, where customers can have their photos taken. What’s more its unique electronic ‘windows’ capturing the atmospheric magic of downtown and vibrant Delhi, complete with horns, beeps and the hustle and bustle that make it such an incredible place. Add this to the effervescence of Newcastle and the effect on the senses is well worth experiencing.

My Delhi Restaurant in Newcastle, sets sights on expansion. Image: Facebook

Late last year the colourful My Delhi won two awards in the space of a month – In November it was named best street food restaurant of the year at the Asian Curry Awards in London, soon after winning the same title at the English Curry Awards in Birmingham.

The establishment in Newcastle has a quirky interior, presenting in their own words “authentic Indian street food from the popular roadside stalls of North India to the royal kitchens of the Mughal Empire”.

The business was the idea of the Shah brothers Elahi and Shah Amin, Gaurav Goyal, Neha Goyal and Executive Chef Gaurav Dayal.

The location of the new site in Sunderland is still a secret though it’s thought to be right in the heart of the city and will open in spring.

Elahi Shah told Asian Standard: “A great many of our customers are from an Indian background and this is not your usual Indian restaurant. We like to give people an immersive experience so it’s not just about the food. What I can tell you is the Sunderland branch will be slightly different but just as atmospheric and we’ll be finalising things in a couple of weeks.

“If there’s one dish you must try on the menu in Newcastle, it’s our Butter Chicken 1950s. It originated in Delhi in the 1950s, hence the name and we cook it embracing the true authenticity of this humble dish.

“Every dish on our menu is what you would find in India, except for a few of our own My Delhi specialities. We pride ourselves on bringing true Indian cooked by our native Delhi chefs to transport you to India.

My Delhi Restaurant in Newcastle Image: My Delhi

“And new for 22 is Tandoori Soya Chaap, the closest substitute to meat ever! It’s a famous street food of Delhi and we’re delighted to add this to the menu, perfect for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.”

Meanwhile in terms of their Newcastle guests My Delhi have this message: “Thank you for visiting us, supporting us, recommending us to friends and family, leaving reviews, being part of our journey.

“This year will see us open our second branch in Sunderland, and we hope to announce some more good news soon.”

Indian foodies in Sunderland are certainly looking forward to a taste of Delhi on Wearside.

For more information visit: www.mydelhistreetfood.com

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