A popular Indian restaurant in South Woodford has won another award for being the “Best Asian Restaurant in London” at this year's Asian Restaurant Awards.

Grand Trunk Road, an Indian restaurant in High Road, was awarded the prize at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the Mercure Piccadilly in Manchester. But unfortunately, the owner could not make it and they received their award virtually. 

Rajesh Suri, 60, owner of the Grand Trunk said: “We found out we had won the award when we were working, and we couldn’t believe it. I am gutted that I missed the ceremony, this award means so much to us. 

“This is an amazing achievement for the team, and we are very fortunate. It marks all the hard work we have put into the restaurant and the challenges we have overcome during lockdown. 

“I can’t thank enough our diners who have voted for us to get to this level.”

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Grand Trunk Road, which it takes its name from the centuries old Asian trade route, opened in November 2016 and has featured in the Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide for four years. 

The restaurant has previously won 14 other awards including best cuisine and best chief. It has also recently announced the arrival of a new head chef, Arup Dasgupta, who takes inspiration from a historic trading route for its menu of traditional Indian dishes. 

More than 100,000 online votes from members of the public determined the shortlist, after which the finalists were visited by judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which hosts the event.