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NEW MENU AT RAVAL NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD

We have launched a new A La Carte menu at Raval Newcastle-Gateshead this week.
We pride ourselves on food innovation and regularly change our menu to offer fantastic choice and value for money, always serving healthy, balanced, authentic and, above all, quality Indian cuisine.

Choose from chicken, lamb, fish, seafood and vegetarian curry dishes – there’s something for everyone.
Please take a look at the new menu here.ravaluk.com
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RAVAL LAUNCHES NEW INDIAN TAKEAWAY NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD

PRESS RELEASE: An award-winning restaurant has responded to customer demand by offering an Indian takeaway service for the first time in its history.

Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant has launched Raval Express – a service it promises will be unconventional and high quality.

Since opening in 2007 the restaurant, located just off the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead, has resisted the temptation to cater for customers wanting takeaway food.

Manager Avi Malik said: “Raval is not a typical Indian restaurant. Its reputation has been built on outstanding service and truly authentic food, and that was not something our chefs felt they could replicate in a takeaway format.

“So for eight years we told our customers that it was simply not possible to provide Raval-quality meals to take out, but they just kept on asking.”

In an effort to satisfy demand, Mr Malik set his chefs a challenge to develop dishes from the A La Carte menu that would not compromise the restaurant’s high standards.

The result is Raval Express – a hand-picked selection of dishes that will constantly evolve.

Mr Malik said: “Raval Express is very unconventional – there isn’t even a printed menu because our plan is to change it regularly, so customers must check online to see what is available at any given time.

“It has taken a lot of hard work to get to where we are now – I have a brand and a reputation to protect, so I would not have launched Raval Express if I was not 100% confident we could offer takeaway food of the very highest standard.”

Raval – which was named North East Restaurant of the Year at the British Curry Awards – has won acclaim from a string of food reviewers and industry insiders, including TV chef Cyrus Todiwala.

And it has become a regular haunt for high-profile business leaders and celebrities, such as Sir Cliff Richard football legend Alan Shearer.

Mr Malik added: “We’ve been asking our loyal customer base what they want to see on the menu and will continue with engage with them to tailor the range.

“For the moment dishes have to be collected by customers. However, we have plans to offer a delivery service to homes, offices and hotels in the very near future.

To see what the new service has to offer visit ravaluk.com
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BIG WEEK IN STORE FOR RAVAL NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD

An award-winning restaurant is gearing up for a hectic week with two key events in the pipeline.

Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant will host a private dinner for up to 50 delegates from NOF Energy on Thursday, .

Then, just days later, key business leaders from the North East will join manager Avi Malik in London for the British Curry Awards.

Raval, named Best Restaurant in the North East at last year’s event – dubbed the Curry Oscars – has once again been shortlisted.

Mr Mailk said: “We’re thrilled to be in the running yet again for this prestigious award. I’m not sure if any restaurant has won the title two years in a row but we remain hopeful.“

Mr Malik will be accompanied by North East executives from British Engines, Barrier Group, Meldrum Construction, NOF Energy, Eutechnyx, and de La Rue at the awards ceremony on Monday, .

He received his award last year from former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward and host Chris Tarrant, of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? fame. Prime Minister David Cameron was also in attendance.

The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and final details have yet to be confirmed about this year’s special guests.

More than 200,000 people have voted for their favourite restaurants through the award’s public nomination process.
Mr Malik said: “I’m very much looking forward to this year’s awards ceremony but, to be honest, I’ve barely had time to think about it as we are hosting a major event here at the restaurant less than a week before.“

NOF energy has chosen Raval as the location for a private business development intelligence meeting, where key figures from the oil and gas industry will network and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

It is the type of corporate event that the restaurant is getting a reputation for hosting, partly because of its convenient location for corporate clients – just a short walk from the Hilton Newcastle-Gateshead – but also because of its outstanding cuisine and service.

Mr Malik added: “Our relationship with our corporate clients is getting stronger all the time. It’s certainly not unusual for business leaders to discuss deals here.

“I think our location – away from the hub hub of the city centre but close enough to be part of the quayside scene – gives Raval a feeling of exclusivity and intimacy that many restaurants lack.

“And that is something the business community seems to like.“ ravaluk.com
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RAVAL NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD IN SUPPORT OF CUSTOMER FIGHTING CANCER

Jim Thompson and wife Elaine at Raval’s Charity Evening for Movember UK

Business leaders raised at a special charity event organised by an award-winning restaurant.

Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant, on the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead, hosted the night after discovering one of its regular customers was battling cancer.

Businessman Jim Thompson, 62, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at just 57 – and has since been told the disease has spread to his lymphatic system and is incurable.

Raval Manager Avi Malik said: “Jim is a regular customer and when he told me about his condition I was devastated.

“I decided there and then to host a night to raise money for Movember UK, his chosen charity. We are absolutely thrilled with the way the evening went – it was a huge success.

“It wasn’t just about raising money though – it was also about raising awareness of a disease that affects one in eight men.”

Father-of-five Jim – known as ‘Geordie Jim’ to friends – spoke passionately to diners about the need for men over 40 to be tested for signs of the disease.

He told guests: “It’s too late for me, but if it’s caught early, prostate cancer is entirely curable.

“I would urge every man over 40 to ask their GP for a PSA test. It’s not foolproof, but it is an indicator. And early diagnosis is the key to survival.”

Representatives of Movember UK travelled from London to be part of the evening last Sunday – the first time the charity has backed such an event outside of its normal campaign month of November.

It began with a champagne reception, followed by a three-course meal which included Raval’s unique Newcastle Brown Ale Curry, made with Northumbrian lamb.

A prize auction included limited edition artworks, signed Newcastle United memorabilia and the opportunity for someone’s child to be a mascot at one of the club’s forthcoming games.

Jim said: “I’m not one to wallow in self-pity. I just want to get on with spreading the word about prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.

“And I’m very grateful to Avi and Raval for getting behind me and helping me to do that. It was a tremendous evening and my heartfelt thanks go out to all concerned.” ravaluk.com
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RAVAL NEWCASTLE- GATESHEAD - BACKS CUSTOMER’S CANCER MISSION

An award-winning North East restaurant boss has come to the aid of a regular customer after discovering he has incurable cancer.

Avi Malik, of Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant on the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead, was shocked to learn of his friend Jim Thompson’s grim diagnosis.

The businessman – known to friends as ‘Geordie Jim’ – was just 57 when doctors told him he had prostate cancer and underwent radical surgery, which appeared to have worked.

However, the Seghill-born father-of-five, now 62, has been told the cancer has spread to his lymphatic system and is inoperable.

“The last time Jim visited the restaurant he told me about his condition and I was devastated,“ said Mr Malik.

“I decided there and then that we had to do something for him. He’s one of my best customers and has become a friend.“

Since his diagnosis, Jim has been on a mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer and money for Movember UK, the men’s health charity.
Mr Malik said: “I decided the best way to help Jim would be to arrange a special evening at Raval, so we will be doing that this coming Sunday.

“It will begin with a champagne reception, followed by a three-course meal which will include our unique Newcastle Brown Ale Curry, made with Northumbrian lamb.

“And there will be a prize auction also. All of the proceeds from the evening will go to Movember UK.“
Newcastle United Foundation is also backing the event along with Movember – the first time the charity has supported a fundraising drive outside its regular campaign month.

Jim said: “I’m not one to wallow in self-pity. I just want to get on with spreading the word about prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.
“And I’m very grateful to Avi and Raval for getting behind me and helping me to do that.“ ravaluk.com

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CURRY MEETS HAGGIS FOR BURNS NIGHT AT RAVAL NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD

OCH aye the phew! The region’s top Indian restaurant is putting the burns into Burns Night with a hot and spicy haggis!

The tartan treat gives an Asian twist to the traditional supper served to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish bard, Robbie Burns. Haggis, neeps and tatties have been swapped for curried haggis, spiced neeps and Bombay tatties at awardwinning Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant, in Gateshead.

The eatery, recently named Best Indian Restaurant in the North East, will serve the unique dish this Saturday to commemorate the famous poet and author of Auld Lang Syne. Manager Avi Malik – the region’s newly crowned Curry King following his restaurant’s success at the British Curry Awards in November – said: “The Geordies have a very close affinity to the Scots and regard Robbie Burns as one of their own. “That’s why we decided we couldn’t let Burns Night pass by without doing something out of the ordinary to mark the occasion.” Mr Malik – who has since been dubbed Mr McMalik by staff – called on Raval’s celebrated chefs to come up with their own unique take on a Burns supper.

The resulting dish will be added to the menu for one night only on Saturday, January 25. The restaurant boss, who turned heads outside his Tyne Bridge premises when he donned a kilt to launch the dish, added: “Our chefs are always looking for new ways to present Indian food, but coming up with an Asian version of a Burns supper presented them with quite a challenge. “The result is a spicy treat that has quite a kick but won’t blow your head off. It’s a little out of the ordinary, but I think it’s a winner.”

Former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward presented Raval with its prestigious award after it scooped the Best Indian Restaurant in the North East title at the British Curry Awards in London, dubbed the Curry Oscars. The event was hosted by Who Wants to be a Millionaire star Chris Tarrant, with Prime Minister David Cameron among the guests. ravaluk.com

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RAVAL NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD DELIGHTS CURRY LOVERS AT ELDON SQUARE’S GREAT TASTE WEEKEND .

Thousands of visitors enjoyed cookery demonstrations as part of a special two-day event at Newcastle’s Eldon Square.

The Great Taste cookery roadhsow featured some of the region’s most talented chefs, cooking up a storm in the popular shopping mall and handing out samples to delighted passers by.

Among those taking part was Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant, named ‘Best Restaurant in the North East’ at the British Curry Awards, dubbed the Curry Oscars.

Its chefs cooked several dishes including Newcastle Brown Ale Curry, a dish it created to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Tyne Bridge has year.

Mr Avi Malik, manager of the restaurant, which is located just off the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead, said: “We were thrilled to be invited to take part in Eldon Square’s Great Taste weekend.

“There was a wonderful atmosphere and our chefs did the restaurant proud. We wanted to show people why we were named Best Restaurant in the North East and I think we achieved that.

“Certainly, the feedback we received from shoppers was very positive.”

Also taking part in the annual event on September 13 and 14 were chefs from the five-star Seaham Hall Hotel, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis – and there was an appearance by former Masterchef finalist David Hall.

Meanwhile, Raval has once again been nominated for the British Curry Awards, to be held in London later this year.

Mr Malik added: “We are thrilled to be once again in the running for this prestigious award.

“It’s a great honour to be nominated and we sincerely thank the customers who put our name forward.” http://ravaluk.com
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#Indian Restaurant Team that just keeps on Winning , Newcastle RAVALUK.COM . http://ow.ly/4nfdk2
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It's #Friday... time to #party & make up some stories for #Monday! #newcastle-gateshead.By ravaluk.com
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