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A SIZZLING Indian eatery that has just scooped The News’ Restaurant of the Year competition is hungry for more success.

India Quay in Port Solent offers delicious traditional Indian food from its stunning boardwalk location overlooking the marina.

Ru Karim, owner the India Quay restaurant at Port Solent which has won the News' Restaurant of the Year. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Ru Karim, owner the India Quay restaurant at Port Solent which has won the News' Restaurant of the Year. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

But it’s not just the view and the lavish interior that have catapulted the restaurant into one of the top places to dine out in the area after just six months of being at the location.

Owner Ru Karim admits that without the food being top notch then customers would not come back but emphasises how the personal touch and offering diners an enjoyable experience keeps people coming back for more.

And as someone who owns a number of other Indian restaurants in the area - which has seen him win the Restaurant of the Year competition for the last three years - he knows what it takes to make a place successful.

He said: ‘I’m very excited to have won this award. It’s the third time in a row I’ve claimed it so it’s a great honour for me and everyone who works here.

‘It’s a great achievement which I like to think is no accident. We offer good food, a lovely environment and offer a great experience that makes people want to come back for more.

‘We are lucky because we have the best view of the marina out of all the restaurants here and we are really well supported by nearby residents and our loyal customers who I’d like to thank for helping us win this award. We see our customers more as friends which hopefully is something they appreciate.

‘We fought off a lot of strong competition from high-end restaurants to claim the prize so it’s a real honour. I hope to see many new faces come to our restaurant soon and it’s nice to bring more people into Port Solent. We have exciting plans with the menu and want to make it the best in the south.’

The restaurant offers a host of favourite Indian dishes but has bullish plans to take things forward. Media manager Russell Simpson said: ‘We want to create the best à la carte menu in Portsmouth and then in the south. We want to take things to the next level.’ 

And judging by the reaction of diners, Indian Quay is well on course to achieve that. ‘That’s the best meal I’ve had for a long time,’ Julie Styles, of Denmead, said.