Indian restaurant Gulshan Indian Food in North End opens after former restaurant was destroyed by fire
A CITY restaurant that was destroyed by fire last year has risen from the ashes and reopened with a new look and a new menu.
And since officially re-opening on February 18, Gulshan Indian Food in North End has been a hit with the locals.
The traditional Indian restaurant, which is open 5pm until 11pm every day and closed Tuesdays, was previously known as Fuego’s Street Food until it was destroyed by a fire in August last year – just five months after opening.
Like many businesses, Gulshan Indian Food, in London Road, has also felt the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic as it reopened in December for just two weeks, until it once again had to close its doors due to coronavirus restrictions.
However restaurant owner Abdul Hoque has remained positive and he says he’s delighted to be back open and earning a good reputation for his food.
The 49-year-old, who has owned the restaurant for the past two years, said: ‘Since reopening we have received very good, positive feedback from all our customers - we love serving our food and making people happy.
‘There are a variety of different dishes and offers across our menus, but our traditional curries tend to be the most popular, such as chicken korma, chicken masala or chicken jalfrezi.
‘We don’t provide alcohol here, so our customers are more than welcome to bring their own, it gives everyone the opportunity to save a bit of money and bring what they personally like.
‘I encourage everyone to come to our restaurant and try our food for themselves - our doors are open to anyone!’
Abdul, who is married with three children and who lives in Southsea, has taken the previous events leading up to the reopening in his stride as business at Gulshan Indian Food gets better and better every day.
New concepts, such as Gulshan’s Happy Wednesday, have been especially popular since the reopening, which gives customers the opportunity to get an exclusive 20 per cent off their total bill.
Promotions such as Mo Naan Day, where every Monday if you spend £25 or more you get two Naan breads for free, have also been received well.
Abul said that with a variety of different spices and styles to choose from, there is a dish suitable for everyone.
For more in gulshanindianfood.co.uk/ or their Facebook, Gulshan Indian.
Story by Sophie Gibbons
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