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Modern makeover ensures Elm Park family Indian restaurant goes from strength to strength

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 July 2017

The Palash takeaway in Station Parade, Elm Park, has gone for an authentic makeover. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

The Palash takeaway in Station Parade, Elm Park, has gone for an authentic makeover. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

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There is nothing worse than finishing work, heading home with a grumbling stomach and realising that you have no food in the fridge, and have forgotten to defrost anything from the freezer.

Palash Indian Take-away has been in the Ali family for nearly 24 years Muhammad Ali handing the keys over to  Ali Samad. 
 Ali Hussain, Monir Ali, Muhammad Ali, and Ali Samad.
.Palash Indian Take-away has been in the Ali family for nearly 24 years Muhammad Ali handing the keys over to Ali Samad. Ali Hussain, Monir Ali, Muhammad Ali, and Ali Samad. .

I found myself in this conundrum on Thursday, June 29, and there was just one solution. Get a takeway.

And with that I headed to Palash Indian takeaway, Station Road, Elm Park.

Opened in 1994, the business has been handed down the generations of one family and is now in the hands of Ali Samad, 31, who lives in Wapping.

He has given the takeaway a modern makeover.

“We never had an online system before and now have that availability,” he said.

“We had set meals like most restaurants, it told you what you could have but now you can choose what you want from the menu.”

Palash takeawa's chefs Shanur Khan, right, and Shajahan Miah, left, Picture: Ann-Marie AbbasahPalash takeawa's chefs Shanur Khan, right, and Shajahan Miah, left, Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

This was music to my ears. I never get a set menu when I out but faced with the choice of being able to choose what I wanted,

A set menu for one costs £11.95 and hungry people can choose a starter, main, side, rice and naan. There are also set menus for two, three and four people.

Diving straight in, I ordered a goats cheese and spinach samosa, for mains chicken sag cooked with spinach, onions, tomatoes and garlic, accompanied by pilau rice and a peshwari naan.

Regular customer Thomas Grove, 26, said: “I’ve been coming here for a few years. It’s a lot more modern than it was before but the food has always been nice.

“I always get the set menu for one. It’s better. It might cost £2 more than before but I happily pay that. Normally the set meal for one is enough for me and my girlfriend.

In February, the Recorder reported how Ali’s family had handed over the reins of the business to him.

“It is very warming when customers come in and they are shocked by how nice the place is,” he said.

“Considering it is my first time [running the business] I’m confident the customers like it.”

“The family are gobsmacked with how I have changed the business in such a short space of time but its better.”

For information visit palash.co.uk


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