Readers vote Portsmouth’s flying curry as top achievement of 2018

AN INDIAN restaurant that flew a takeaway out to loyal customers in France has received a top award, courtesy of readers from The News.

At this year’s We Can Do It awards, held at South Parade Pier on Monday, a new prize was up for grabs for nominees – the Reader's Choice award.

From left, Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Shazmin Miah, Eliyah Ali and Faz Ahmed from The Akash. Picture: Habibur Rahman

From left, Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Shazmin Miah, Eliyah Ali and Faz Ahmed from The Akash. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Open to everyone who was shortlisted, the winner of this award was decided by a text vote from readers of The News.

The Akash, an Indian restaurant in Albert Road, Southsea, was voted as the overall winner after delivering a curry by plane to Brits in Bordeaux.

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Restaurant manager Faz Ahmed said: ‘We have been nominated for a number of national awards this year, but this award means so much more to us than any of those.

‘The fact that it has been voted for by the people living here in Portsmouth is just incredible.

‘The Reader’s Choice award is so special to us and out of everything that has happened this year, this is the most important one for us at The Akash.’

The flight ran from from Solent Airport in Lee-on-the-Solent to Saucats Airfield, just south of Bordeaux, with several sponsors also contributing to the cost of the food and journey.

Reflecting on the adventure, Faz said: ‘It really was incredible – and I guess it goes to show how popular our curry is.

‘I still look back and can’t quite believe we did it.’