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Where To Get The Best Curry In Bradford

Updated on August 12, 2014

Bradford Boasts Some Of The UK's Best Curry Houses!

I absolutely love Indian food so I consider myself fortunate enough to live near Bradford, widely regarded as the Curry Capital of the north.

We have a large Asian community in Bradford mainly because during the early 1900s immigrants came here to find work in the textile mills.

Sadly the textile industry went into decline and so many of the immigrants moved into the restaurant business.

Bradford today has hundreds of curry houses and take aways, but where do we go to get the best curry in Bradford? It would be great if you could add add your own reviews of the curry restaurants in Bradford which you have tried.

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cick on the links below.MumtazThe AagrahAkbarsKarachi
Your Own Suggestions For The Best Curry In Bradford

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Especially popular since The Queen visited and ate there in 2007, some say that Mumtaz has the best Indian curry in Bradford!

For those that don't know of it, Mumtaz is only a few minutes from the city centre and has the reputation of being one of Bradford's most popular Indian restaurants.

The building has been extensively extended since its humble beginnings and has a very modern look to it, and has ample parking just opposite the restaurant.

There is a warm greeting awaiting you on your arrival and an extensive menu to choose from. The staff friendly and happy to help you make your choice or recommend something for you.

On our most recent visit we had the fish masala which was really out of this world and well worth trying!

Please give us your own thoughts on Mumtaz. You don't need to register with Squidoo to let us know what you think.

Research has shown that eating curries

can trigger a natural high in the brain, similar to that of a drug.

The Aagrah - The Aagrah has to be one of the best Indian restaurants in Bradford



The Aagrah started life as a small family business back in 1977. From a small restaurant in Westgate, Shipley, The Aagrah has now grown into a multi-million pound family business

My first experience of the Aagrah restaurant was at that small restaurant on Westgate, Shipley. In my opinion It has a more intimate atmosphere than the one on Saltaire Road but the food is every bit as good..

The menu is wide and varied with so much to choose from but our favourites are the Goan King Prawn is out of this world and the Chicken Hyderabadi.

Vegetarians are well catered for and although I am not vegetarian myself I can recommend the Special Vegetable Thali, a selection of different vegetable dishes.

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"Slimming World's" Curry Feast:

120 Mouth-watering Indian Recipes to Make at Home

I love curries and Indian food but eating out at restaurants too often isn't too good for my bank balance or my waistline so I often try to make my own low fat, healty curries using either my own recipes or with the help of the fantastic recipes in this book, Slimming World's "Curry Feast".

I love this book because it has such a variety of recipes, not only from India but also countries like Thailand and Malaysia. From soups and starters such as Thai green curry soup and Onion bhajis, and main courses such as lamb rogan josh and chicken korma, to seafood dishes like Goan prawn curry. You can recreate your favourite curry feast right in your own home!

Vegetarians aren't forgotten either with an array of dishes featuring lentils, rice and pulses to make fantastic dishes including tarka dhal, chana masala, and Mumbai aloo (cumin-scented potatoes).

Of course a curry feast wouldn't be complete without accompaniments such as lime pickle and chutneys and you will find the recipes in this book.

I have tested some of the recipes on my friends and family and they went down a storm, even with those who were not watching their weight.

In short "Curry Feast" has lots of delicious, easy to follow, recipes, accompanied by loads of mouthwatering colour photos. I'm certainly glad that I bought my copy and I would recommend it to anybody who loves curries whether or not they are watching their weight!

Akbars, 1276 Leeds Road, Bradford

The one problem I have with Akbars is that it has always been busy when I have gone and even though I have booked a table in advance I have still had to wait, up to half an hour at one time, to be seated and it can feel rather cramped.

Since its expansion, Akbars (in my opinion at least) has deteriorated in terms of service and quality of food. However, I have friends who insist that it is the best place to get a curry in Bradford, hence we are featuring it here.

I haven't eaten at Akbars in over 8 months now but hen we have eaten there we have started with popadoms and the pickle tray which were fine. The menu has a good selection of meals and the curries we had (Chicken Tikka Makhani and Chicken and Mushroom Balti) were ok but I have had better curries elsewhere. There is a reasonable vegetarian selection on the menu with starters and almost 20 speciality dishes so there should be something for everyone.

To accompany your meal the family Naan breads are really nice but they are huge and come hanging from a stand which is fine if you have one of the larger tables, but on the tables for two they leave you with very little room.

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Curries Are Reputed To Cure Impotence!

Fenugreek, an ingredient used in some Indian curries, contains a substance which acts in a similar way to a human's sex hormones and is recommended by Chinese herbalists to cure impotence!

The Karachi, Neal Street, Braford - One of Bradford's Original Curry Houses

Christine mentions The Karachi in Your Own Suggestions For The Best Curry In Bradford... She is right, how could I leave that one out!

The Karachi is one of Bradfords original curry houses. In fact its where I had my very first curry, 30 years ago!

The Karachi still has more of a 'cafe' feel to it rather than some of the more elaborate curry houses in bradford but it still gets very busy at times.

The chefs have changed over the years but the food remains really good.

The video shows celebrity chef Rick Stein sampling the food at The Karachi and trying to recreate the curry.

If you have eaten at The Karachi and would like to share your opinion please leave your thoughts here.

Visit The Websites Of Our Featured Bradford Curry Houses

If you aren't sure which restaurant to choose check out their web sites to view their mouthwatering menus!

If you want to suggest a different Bradford Curry House for us to feature and review or provide us with a review of your own favourite Bradford Curry House then this is the place to do it.

You don't have to register with Squidoo to leave your thoughts so let us know whoe you think does the best curry in Bradford.

Let me know that you stopped by, it is always nice to receive your comments!

Your Own Suggestions For The Best Curry In Bradford

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree Darren, I had a madras too and I was disappointed. I think Nawaab is nicer. Might be trying Bharat this weekend

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      Sniff It Out 5 years ago

      @BritFlorida: I can't say that I recall The Sweet Centre being on Oak Lane, but, if you are ever back in Bradford they are still going strong and situated on Lumb Lane.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I haven't been to Bradford for nearly twenty years but at that time, the absolute best was the Sweet Centre on Oak Lane.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 3 singhs is totally tasteless . No spice at all . Got madras and bhunah and taste same . Never go again . 0-10

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In my opinion The sweet centre restaurant is undoubtedly the best restaurant In within the genre of Asian cuisine, it provides authentic cuisine, it is well priced, and has a friendly environment..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      kind of like it all, doesn't matter if its to sweet or sour or hot, I'm good with them all.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The 3 Singhs restaurant by many âa mile. As a curry fanatic I've been to almost every major Indian restaurant in West Yorkshire and The 3 Singhs stands out as the best in every category. My advice is try it you won't be disappointed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Went to this restaurant Shimla spice shipley as the below reviews recommended it, and we was really surprised, Hight quality food,service 5 stars and dynamic atmosphere. Very highley recommended

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Shimla spice shipley to be rated at number 1.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Truly shimlaspicein shipleybeats mostofthe curryrestaurantsinbradford, basedinshipley a stnoes throw awayfrom bradford,but miles better food than the bradford restaurants.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ive been living in bradford for the last 40 years, mumtaz was a good curry house but isn't; the same anymore, aagrah and akbars were my favourite ut have lost the louch and standard due to quick expansion, Now we have been visiting Shimla Spice in Keighley for a long time and now have been visiting their shipley restaurant for the past 3 years. This restaurant really beats thebig boy restaurants in bradford, very highley recommended

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Omar Khans

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      JamesCann 8 years ago

      I have visited many of the popular restaurants in Bradford but the only one that really did it for me was Omar Khans. The restaurant looks very attractive from outside and when we went inside the impression was very welcoming and warm. The staff were all very cheerful and helpful. The atmosphere was very warm and busy the food is absolutely outstanding especially the Haryali. The menu is probarbly the largest with so much to choose from. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a great curry to try OMAR KHANS!!! 5 STARS *****

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      Thanks Christine, I have given The Karachi its own feature for reviews.[in reply to Christine Wade]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I went to the Karachi on Neal Street recently. It is a bit more basic than the restaurants you feature here but nevertheless ione of Bradford’s more popular curry houses.

      When we went there were three of us and although it was quite busy we were found a table.

      We ordered popadoms with a pickle tray and onion bhajis to start with, a vegetable lentil curry, mixed karahi and a chicken karahi with chappatis and pilau rice.

      The food turned out to be absolutely lovely but unfortunately the main courses arrived before we finished the starters and we duly complained to the waiter who informed us that the meals would be cold if we sent them back and didn’t have them right away, however, we insisted on sending them back.

      The chef did come to apologize and told us to take as long as we wanted, and when we were ready for our main course it was hot, delicious and there was plenty of it.

      All in all I would give Karachi 4 out of five, it’s a shame the waiter service let it down!

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