My involvement in the recent Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards brought me into closer contact with some of the best food and drink businesses and chefs in the region.
I have felt privileged to enter a world of exceptional culinary talent which has also has prompted a new list of must-visit destinations over the coming weeks and months.
But the place to start was definitely a trip to the winner of the Restaurant of the Year category Turmeric Gold in Spon Street, Coventry.
As well as being a local gem, Turmeric has already earned lots of national and, even, international recognition since it opened 20 years ago. And my experience last week soon confirms why.
Located in a stunning 13th-century cottage in the heart of medieval Coventry, the restaurant more than lives up to its setting. The interior is decked out to resemble the authentic Indian dining experience and the friendly greeting at the door sets you up for what you immediately know is going to be a memorable experience.
Here, owner Jay Alam lives by his ethos that ‘food does not conform to the norm but challenges your taste buds and provokes the senses in exciting and sublime fashion. A labour of love and passion.’
Indeed, that passion radiates from every plate of food placed in front of us.
Set aside your previous notions of Indian restaurants because this venue raises the bar considerably. The Turmeric Gold experience (or should I say ‘Gold-standard’) fills a void I have only just realised exists – the opportunity to appreciate fine dining standards of Indian cuisine. Think taster menus as well as a la carte!
If you’re not a curry aficionado though, all the favourites are there – they’re just that cut above. There’s a particularly impressive vegetarian selection as well. If you are, however, a curry aficionado, you’re in for a real treat. If you’re relatively local to Coventry and haven’t yet visited, what are you waiting for? This place will deliver in abundance on food quality and will have you returning again and again.
But it’s also that attention to detail and those unique touches that help make this place so special, from the mango yoghurt appetiser through to an amuse-bouche selection which puts a cleanse on our palate as well as a smile on your face.
Little wonder then that Turmeric Gold is the proud recipient of so many awards across the past two decades, recognising everything from food quality to service, ambience and overall experience.
Jay Alam said: “We have always taken pride in not only delivering the highest quality of service, but having the ability to evolve to ensure we meet the ever changing needs of our customers, but never losing sight of our commitment to providing the ultimate dining experience.”
There’s also an emphasis on creating healthy food and only minimum oils, colouring and salt is added to their dishes. Always good to know you are enjoying good food without too much of the indulgence factor!
A slightly higher priced menu is more than outweighed by the high quality of cuisine and overall experience and it is a winning choice for any special occasion.
Turmeric Gold is open Monday-Saturday between 5.30-10pm and Sunday 5.30-9.30pm. Takeaways are also available for delivery or collection via their website: https://www.turmericgold.co.uk/
The restaurant’s website boldly claims that Turmeric Gold offers ‘a culinary experience not to be missed.’ I certainly wouldn’t disagree with that – and will soon be back.
- I was gifted this experience but all views are honestly held and my own.
For more about Turmeric Gold’s win at The Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards, click here