Indian 'kitchen' is a hit in Thornbury
10:51am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A HOST of food industry veterans, TV chefs and local dignitaries rubbed shoulders with Thornburians at the official launch of the town’s newest Indian eatery.
Romy Gill’s richly spiced homey dishes and exotic aromas hit the spot with scores of guests at a night of culinary discovery at the VIP opening of her family-oriented restaurant, aptly named Romy’s Kitchen on Friday, October 4.
Many travelled hundreds of miles just to enjoy a taste of the mother-of-two and chef's far-ranging menu, designed to offer a real taste of India, serving food Romy, originally from West Bengal, grew up loving.
Bursting with flavours, the starters and mains show a surprising absence of chilli, which has come to be associated with the country’s cuisine. But it is not about drowning the ingredients in hot spices, according to Romy.
The BBC’s culinary duo The Spice Men, Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala were among those blown away by her chicken in pomegranate paste, chilli paneer and monkish marinated in turmeric.
The pair dropped in on their way to a string of red-carpet events in Cannes, France.
“The food is lovely," said Tony. "I had to get a second helping. It’s an authentic piece of home."
His partner Cyrus added: “It was brilliant. It is home-like cooking.”
Others in attendance included Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb and Hobbs House Bakery's Trevor Herbert.
Mr Ferguson praised not only Romy's expert cooking skills but her nose for design and ability to translate the cosy feel of her food into her Castle Street cottage turned eatery.
"I am an architect and what is really a vital part for a restaurant is that it is a good place and this is such a good place and when you add good food it's magic," he said.
While Romy bustled away in her realm, the kitchen, alongside her loyal staff, her proud husband of 15 years, Gundeep, made the rounds at the front of house, mingling but mostly ensuring guest ate to their hearts’ content.
The Kitchen opened for business in September. The VIP launch coincided with the restaurant's one-month anniversary.
He told the Gazette: “When we had the kids and we moved to Thornbury she did not want to work for someone she wanted to have her own business.
“She works hard, often until 11.30pm or midnight at the moment. It makes her happy.”
Thanking all those who travelled far and wide to support her at the close of the evening, Romy recounted the long and emotional journey which ended with her standing on a stool addressing a crowd of friends and food experts in her own restaurant one night in October.
"It has taken me four year," she said." My close friends have seen my tears and my ups and downs.
"This is what my home looks like and this is what I wanted my restaurant to look like.
"People say that behind every successful man there is a woman, for me there is my husband and my kids."
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