A RESTAURANT which recently tasted success on a popular BBC cooking show has opened up a second venue in the North East.

Newcastle’s My Delhi has opened a second restaurant, in Sunderland, after it was triumphant on ‘Britain’s Top Takeaway’ hosted by Sara Cox earlier this month.

The restaurant opened its first outlet on Newcastle’s Clayton Street in May 2019 serving authentic Indian street food dishes inspired by the ‘streets and markets of Delhi.’

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However, having proved a huge hit among diners prior to the pandemic, the restaurant was forced to adjust its business model to serve up takeaways and continue trading during the crisis. 

The transition proved such a hit however that the restaurant was invited to compete on the BBC2 show to go head-to-head with some of the nation’s top Indian eateries and it beat off stiff competition to come out on top.

Following their early success in Newcastle, the owners – brothers Shah and Elahi Amin, Gaurav Dayal and Husband and wife Garry and Neha Goyal - set about expanding their concept and the search for a second venue got underway.

The Northern Echo: Shah Amin (grey blazer) and Gaurav Dayal (executive chef). Picture: MY DELHI.Shah Amin (grey blazer) and Gaurav Dayal (executive chef). Picture: MY DELHI.

Co-owner of the restaurant, Elahi Amin, said: “We had a vison to create a new kind of Indian dining experience, bringing the true flavours and atmosphere of dining in Delhi to central Newcastle.

“When we set up, we knew we had to create an experience that people really bought into. There are so many fantastic Indian restaurants in the North East and we knew it had to be something that was going to take people on a journey.

“We hired a chef who hails from Delhi, and we invested heavily in creating an experience where, when people visited, they aren’t just eating food, they’re also getting an immersive experience through the décor and atmosphere.

After receiving a tour of Sunderland city centre by Sunderland BID and the business investment team at Sunderland City Council, the founders were shown around the former Funky Indian and Café 420 site adjacent to the Winter Gardens and immediately made their decision.

The Northern Echo: My Delhi already has a venue in Newcastle. Picture: GOOGLE.My Delhi already has a venue in Newcastle. Picture: GOOGLE.

Since signing the lease in January, the venue has already been trading as a takeaway but will officially open its doors to the public on Wednesday, June 8, creating 20 jobs.

Mr Amin added: “The Borough Road site is perfectly located. We scoured the city for a while looking for the right spot however as soon as we saw this, we never looked back. There’s so much going on in terms of development across the city and this is strategically located right at the heart of everything.

“What we also found is people are passionate about Sunderland. People seem to have really bought into what’s going on and are really excited by it. You can sense it. You know it’s on a journey and we’re looking forward to joining them and working with all the other fantastic Indian restaurants in the city.”

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