Restaurant voted best in the South West

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:21 20 February 2013

Restaurant voted best in the South West

Restaurant voted best in the South West

A YEOVIL restaurant has<br/><br/>been recognised as the best in<br/><br/>the region following a<br/><br/>national public voting campaign.

A YEOVIL restaurant has

been recognised as the best in

the region following a

national public voting campaign.

Signature Viceroy on

Middle Street was south west

regional winner in the Spice

Times Restaurant Awards

2010, which encouraged customers

to vote for their

favourite south Asian eating


Voting took place in

November and the awards

were presented at a gala ceremony

in Romford last month,

attended by Bangladeshi high

commissioner to the UK, the

Rt. Hon Rushanara Ali, and

Shadow Education Minister

Sharon Hodgson.

A dozen restaraunts and

takeaways received regional

awards with the overall

national prize going to an eatery

in Gateshead. Signature

Viceroy is one of six restaurants

run by brothers Luthfur

and Moe Rahmen.

The two are no strangers to

accolades as their restaurants

have been shortlisted for the

British Curry Awards, a separate

competition, for six

years in a row.

Signature Viceroy opened

in 2008, 14 years after Luthfur

opened his first restaurant in

Yeovil, next door.

It has previously been

recognised as newcomer of

the year in the British Curry

Awards, and has an AA

Rosette and a recommendation

from Les Routiers and

Taste of the West.

The signature restaurant

focuses on offering a "fine

dining" experience, with

innovative cuisine and dishes

prepared to customers individual


Mr Rahmen said: "The restaurant

is Indian in origin but

continental in style.

"Yeovil is an unlikely place

to have a restaurant like this,

but we have a good clientelle.

"If we can make it work

here, we can make it anywhere."

The brothers next project

is to export the successful formula

from Yeovil to Bath.

They plan to open a new restaurant

in a converted Gospel

Hall on the Lower Bristol

Road next month.

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