Bradford is renowned around the world for its award-winning curries and of course it’s fish & chips.
Whether you opt for a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala or treat yourself to a Lamb Bhuna, Bradford has it all. Boasting some of the oldest curry houses in the country, Bradford’s love affair with the South Asian cuisine keeps on growing with countless curry houses opening on a regular basis in the city and beyond.
Local businessman and experienced restaurateur, Waheed Akhtar, along with his wife Parveen, has further enhanced Bradford’s national reputation by recently opening Lahori Karahi & Chargha. Based on Bradford Road, the impressive building (formerly known as The Farmers) has been transformed into a majestic 250 seat family diner. If you think this is just another curry house opening in the city, you are gravely mistaken.
Lahori Karahi & Chargha is unique in every sense. From its impressive interior décor and the bustling ambience, to its friendly and efficient staff, the main selling point for this new restaurant is its food.
Mr Akhtar, who has been in the catering industry for over two decades is determined to make his latest venture into a success. As we met on a Sunday evening, the restaurant was jam packed. People were cueing and some customers travelled as far as Manchester and Sheffield to get a taste of the new phenomenon in Bradford. Taking a few minutes out to talk to us, Mr Akhtar tells us how the restaurant has been performing since its official launch on 13th March:
“It’s been absolutely amazing. We had no idea how we would do and I think due to word of mouth and the general anticipation, we have been full to capacity almost every day.”
After our launch, the feedback was fantastic. The beauty about our food is that it attracts a very diverse customer base. You don’t have to be Asian to appreciate our food and looking around us now at the diners, you can see that we are attracting people from all walks of life.”
It is clear that Mr Akhtar has the drive and determination to make Lahori Karahi & Chargha into a success and he is in the perfect location to attract customers from both Leeds and Bradford. So what makes his food unique?
“First of all our open kitchen is unlike anything else you will see in Bradford where our customers can actually stand and watch their food being cooked. The open kitchen adds a unique aroma around the building and adds to the atmosphere. Secondly and most importantly, our dishes are prepared in an exceptional manner. Our chicken is marinated for several hours, allowing the poultries natural juices to combine with the blend of spices as it is slowly steam roasted.
“Here at Lahori, we are offering a totally different way of cooking. You could refer to it as ‘hardcore Asian’ as we want you to experience South Asian food at its truest and finest.”
As I take my first bite out of the famous dish, yes you’ve guessed… It is definitely love at first bite!
Lahori Charga & Karahi is based at 500 Bradford Road, Pudsey, LS28 8ES, Tel: 01274 664952