If you’ve tuned into BBC Two this week, you might have noticed that the beloved Hairy Bikers got on their bikes and rode into God’s Own Country for their latest foodie trip. And there was only one destination marked on their map: Michelin-recommended Prashad in Bradford.
An Indian playground for vegetarians, the family-run establishment has been loved by Yorkshire folk for 30 years now – with its legacy being passed down the generations in a bid to keep its authentic Gujarati approach forever intact.
Praising them for championing locally-sourced produce in the dishes they create, the Hairy Biker’s showcased how chef Minal – wife of owner Bobby Patel – creates each dish with unwavering love and care, infusing Yorkshire produce with powerful Gujarati flavours. This isn’t just any Indian restaurant, and not only do Si and Dave back that statement, but our favourite sweary chef Gordon Ramsay does, too.
Yep, that’s right, the Gordon Ramsay crowned Prashad runner-up in his show Gordon Ramsay’s Britain’s Best Restaurant back in 2010 – the restaurant’s first major accolade before receiving two AA Rosettes since 2015, winning the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand in 2014, and being awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the last 5 years in a row.
Everything at Prashad boasts a Yorkshire twist, while remaining authentic to its cultural source and Gujarati at heart. Whether it’s as subtle as using veggies from a nearby farm, to incorporating wildcard flavours such as rhubarb and pumpkin in their pickles, Prashad is proud of where it comes from: India AND Yorkshire.
And our tastebuds couldn’t be happier for the hybrid between the two completely contrasting locations. Prashad in Bradford is something we are very excited about.
This ethos also means that flavours change throughout the seasons, too, with different herbs being used across the seasons, subtly changing the flavours of core menu items such as their famous Kopra Pethis – which have been on the menu for almost three decades now, with little change other than a minor tweak to make the classic vegan-friendly.
While we’re pretty obsessed with their seasonal approach to herbs and produce, it’s their innovation that’s put their name on the map. A foodie to the core, Chef Minal frequently develops new and exciting dishes in the Prashad kitchen – including her beloved Sanku, her very own invention which opens up the classic samosa into an easy-to-eat cone. A fresh and light take on the samosa, guests can expect regularly changing fillings that reflect the Yorkshire seasons, mixed with the strong and diverse spices of India.
Guests at Prashad can expect an elevated take on traditional Indian cuisine (which is commonly vegetarian) with a Yorkshire twist, with each dish delivered to the table like a work of edible art.
Find them at Prashad, 137 Whitehall Road, Drighlington, BD11 1AT.
[Featured image: Prashad]