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National Curry Week

by Sarah Randell

Since we discovered it's National Curry Week we haven't been able to stop thinking about warming spicy feasts, and all the talk of favourite curries in the office is driving us (and our tums) to distraction. Some of us love nothing more than the old favourite, a tikka masala, others prefer a spicy Keralan seafood dish, and the chilli-phobes a creamy korma. We asked three of our foodie friends in the know to share their curry hotspots in the capital. Now, which to visit first...

Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett always heads to Tayyabs in Whitechapel for her curry fix (which happens to be a fave of ours, too). You may have to queue, but it'll be well worth the wait. Order the spiced lamb chops and all will be well with the world.

Sam Harris, head chef of contemporary Italian restaurant Zucca says, 'It has to be the Bengal Clipper in Shad Thames. They serve really tasty traditional curry – the king prawn jalfrezi is amazing.'

MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo loves her locals. 'I live in Tooting, so I have lots of great choices on my doorstep. I love Lahore Karahi – they make a great vegetable biryani. My other favourite is a little Sri Lankan place called Apollo Banana Leaf, which serves some seriously fiery curries.'

What's your favourite curry house? Tell us in the comments box below.

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