The Chequers Indian Lounge in Great Blakenham only celebrated its first anniversary in September but has already made a name for itself with locals.

Its friendly owner Nasir Jilani says the aim  is “to push culinary boundaries, creating a unique and exciting dining experience.”

Based on its reviews and popularity Nasir is doing just that.

Guests dine in a vibrant atmosphere and, complete with swanky booths and soft-touch upholstery, an interior that is opulent yet intimate. There’s a beer garden and ample parking spaces.

The food is lovingly prepared by renowned chefs who bring years of culinary experience from some of the most prestigious kitchens around the world. Chefs from across London and Suffolk have joined the team to put their mark on Nasir’s menu.

One of his favourite dishes is the tawa, a medium spiced, very flavoursome dish with lots of spices in it. It’s not like madras or jalfrezi hot. You can taste the spices and it’s served on a sizzler pan to the table. He also recommends the haryali, a bit milder and full of flavour.

“I think we also have a good selection of fish, including monkfish.” 

Nasir adds, “I think all the positive reviews so far, and what people are saying it’s amazing is great. It makes me really happy. We hope any visit to our restaurant will provide a glimpse of India, it’s rich cultures and various authentic cuisines.”

The Chequers Indian Lounge currently has the best Indian chef in the UK following a cook off competition held at Cambridge Regional College in September 2023.He was awarded two trophies: the best Indian Chef in the East Anglian region and best chef in the UK having beaten 9 other regional chefs. The awards were presented in London on 8 October 2023 by the prestigious Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards 2023. 

Nasir says the awards are testimony to his team who “have worked hard and tirelessly and more importantly to all our customers for their support without whom we wouldn’t be where we are now.

He adds, “We’ve won and have been nominated for various awards in this short time, are sponsoring a local under 11s football team and have done a charity night last September. This was 2 days before our grand opening 19 September 2022 and we are planning a similar event where, again, we will provide free food for 220 plus guests and the sale proceeds from the alcohol will go to a charity in the county of Suffolk.”

Nasir owns another Indian restaurant in nearby Sudbury, called Jilani Majestic Indian Dining.

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