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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant Minishant offers special Valentine’s Day menu


Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali has concocted an enchantingly romantic menu at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire to celebrate St Valentine‘s Day on Monday 14 February.

And the restaurant’s history and beautiful setting will add additional touches of spice and romance to what will undoubtedly be a night to remember for everyone fortunate enough to be there.

For Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine is housed in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

The special St Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Friday 11 February to Saturday 19 February by prior booking only.

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Ayr Spice

St. Valentine’s Day Menu

£17.95 per person

(This menu is available only on prior booking)


Papadom with assorted pickle tray


Starters - a choice of:

Honey chicken
(diced chicken stuffed with peshwari and honey)

Aloo Salad with dim and special herbs
(lightly spiced mashed potato and aubergine)

Bilati Bagun
(Bangladeshi fish cooked with aromatic herbs, spiced with a secret recipe in stuffed beef-tomatoes)

Gorom Murgh Salad with sesame and honey dressing (chicken salad)


Main Courses:

Murgi Massala
(breast of chicken stuffed with special spicy mashed potatoes)

Lamb (Moulovi Bazaar Style)
(lamb with aubergine and cucumber in Bangladeshi spices)

Freshly grilled Murgh with a tomato, herb and lemon olive oil sauce (chicken)

Machli Sizzler
(a famous dish in Bangladesh, served in a sizzler -Choose from medium or hot salmon prepared in our special spices)


Side Dish: Mixed vegetable bhagi (lightly spiced)


Accompaniments:

Fried Rice
Pilau Rice
Naan Bread (choice of peshwari, garlic, vegetable or cheese and onion flavours)


Dessert:

Gulab Jam

A choice of Indian Massala Tea, Coffee or a glass of Port Wine to finish.

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine
22 Ayr Road
Minishant
Ayrshire KA19 8EX

Telephone: 01292 441413

Web: www.ayrspice.co.uk

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Mafiz Ali (pictured above)

After an absence of two years, Mafiz Ali has returned to the restaurant where in a relatively short time he built up an enviable reputation throughout Ayrshire and beyond for serving the finest Indian cuisine. He is joined by his cousin and fellow chef Shahed Ahmed.

Mafiz Ali has many claims to fame over the past two decades.

In 1993 he first made headlines by making a takeaway delivery across the Atlantic to New York.

Having been asked to prepare a replica of the banquet he had prepared for the 50th birthday of the then British Prime Minister John Major, he decided to market this novel concept and put together a team of experts at his London restaurant to deliver to record companies and the X-Factor, amongst others, in a venture that proved extremely successful.

Mafiz Ali subsequently catered for Cliff Richard, Damage, the Sugar Babes, Gabby Ross, Soul to Soul, Chaka Demus, Rustie Lee, Anthea Turner and many others. His food has also been sent to Australia, Japan and the US - Atlanta as well as New York.

Another of his original ideas saw him included in the Guinness Book of Records, when he teamed up with an engineer to create the world’s largest curry pot. This pot contained 4.5 tons of chicken masala, and helped to raise awareness of his favourite charities.

In 1998 Mafiz Ali launched the British Curry Awards, and various other culinary competitions, designed to bring together chefs of all ages, both amateur and professional, to compete for recognition of their skills and to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in the UK.

His charitable activities have seen him extend his generosity to the Save the Children Fund, Pat Kerr’s Orphanage Ordinance Fund and the War Child Charity Trust, holding charity parties at his restaurant.

Two years ago he also started similar activities in Ayrshire, and now hopes to build on them in the future.

Mafiz Ali’s outstanding cuisine has placed him in the media spotlight, and he has made 67 television appearances on channels such as GMTV, Big Breakfast TV, Channel 4, as well as his own TV programme on Bangladeshi TV and double that amount of broadcasting time on radio. He has also contributed numerous articles to the printed media, including newspapers like the Sun, Daily Mirror and the Times.

When asked why such a distinguished chef would want to return to Minishant, Mafiz Ali replies simply: “I like it here. It is a beautiful place, which is peaceful and far removed from the stress of city life.”

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine
22 Ayr Road
Minishant
Ayrshire KA19 8EX

Telephone: 01292 441413
Web: www.ayrspice.co.uk




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