Cobra Good Curry Guide Awards 2004


Southall restaurant, Madhu’s owner Sanjay Anand has been declared 'Industry Personality of the Year'. It is also won the prestigious 'Best UK Restaurant' award earlier.

Madhu’s owner Sanjay Anand

Co-editor of Restaurant Magazine, Mr. Peter Grove, presented the award, an official release said in London on Thursday night.Presenting the award, Grove said: "Sanjay Anand of Madhu's has become an outstanding success in the area of catering, almost having the Asian wedding sector by the throat and all this on top of coming back from a potentially devastating fire at his restaurant." The restaurant, Madhu was established in Southall in 1980 by the Anand family and features Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan Asian twist. Sanjay started his business at the age of 17 when he enlisted his mother as head chef in the 36-seat restaurant. Over the last 20 years Sanjay has transformed Madhu's into a two-level restaurant that attracted gourmet diners and celebrities from across Britain. He produces fabulous sounding signature dishes like nyamah choma, ribs of lamb marinated in a red chilli paste and machuzi kuku, a chicken dish simmered in a cinnamon and clove spiked broth. The Guide features over 1000 of the best Indian restaurants in the UK and each year gives special awards to the most outstanding restaurants in the country. Pat Chapman, editor of the Good Curry Guide, who was also on hand to give out the prizes, commented "It's a great pleasure to recognise the elite Indian restaurants that have consistently received positive reports in the Cobra Good Curry Guide".Sanjay was up against strong competition from the likes of Adi Modi of Bombay Brasserie, Sam Baxi of Kanchans and Charan Gill of the Harlequin Group in Glasgow.The Cobra Good Curry Guide is now in its 8th edition. This year's winners were as follows :

  • Best In The North- Vujon- Newcastle
  • Best In Scotland- Dil Se- Dundee
  • Best In Wales- Dynasty- Deeside
  • Best Bangladeshi Restaurant- Ginger-London W2
  • Best Pakistani Restaurant- Tabaq- London SW12
  • Best Sri Lankan Restaurant- Jeffna House- London SW17
  • Best Nepalese Restaurant- Gurkha Kitchen- Oxted - Surrey
  • Best Punjabi Restaurant- Brilliant Restaurant- Southall
  • Most Caring Curryhouse- Madhuban Liss - Hampshire
  • Best New Concept- Masala Zone- London W1
  • Best Group Of Restaurants- Coconut Lagoon-various locations
  • Best Chef (Yogesh Datta)- Painted Heron- London SW10
  • Best Outside London- Jaipur- Milton Keynes
  • Lifetime Achievement Award- Bombay Brasserie (21 years)- London SW7
  • Best UK Restaurant- Madhu's- Southall
Sanjay also has a thriving property development company, presents his own cookery programme, narrates a food documentary for the BBC and writes a regular column in a magazine as a wedding expert.