Girl About Toon – Our lady Laura has been eating curry this month


The Girl About Toon column is being written in the midst of National Curry Week, so in the name of research, we thought it best to sample our city’s spicy wares.

The lovely folk at Dabbawal have opened a second restaurant in Jesmond, bringing street food in all its glory to the Gosforth and Jesmond folk. Team appetite had a whale of a time at their launch parties, complete with Jhlamuri Express supremo Angus Denoon (pictured) and his spicy offerings and chef Sanjay’s amazing Bombay bombs.

Akbar’s of Newcastle have also been busy, creating their own curry-flavoured crisps which will be available in supermarkets across the UK (I knowww!) so we popped in to try the dish their crisps are based on – the Chicken Karahi – and can attest to its deliciousness.

We’ve also been cooking the odd Ruby Murray at home using recipes from the website of local family-run business, Spicy Monkey, and their zingy aubergine and lime pickles are definitely on the Christmas list.

Cities across the country have also been bidding to be crowned Curry Capital of the UK, a title held by Bradford for the last two years. Newcastle could yet steal the crown thanks to the sterling efforts of a bid team comprising Sachins, Luigi Khans, Anneesa’s and Rupali. The winner is announced on October 15 – go on, Team Newcastle!

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