Traditional Indian cooking at Danaa
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 April 2015
A WESTON businessman says he is taking a trip down memory lane with the opening of his new 'traditional' Indian restaurant.
Rasel Ahmed, who runs Zeera in Orchard Street, has now launched Danaa Indian Eatery.
The restaurant, which has Indian and Moroccan-themed décor, has been opened in Alexandra Parade.
It is based in the building recently vacated by the former Mask Of Venice Italian restaurant, and becomes a sixth restaurant operated by Mr Ahmed.
Mr Ahmed said: “The restaurant itself is very modern with a very authentic look to it.
“At Zeera, we do very contemporary cooking, while at Danaa the style is more traditional.
“People are forgetting the root of Indian cooking, so this is going back to the idea of the original curry houses. It will have the older, more traditional dishes such as the bhuna.
“The theme is something I really like, and I thought everyone was going away from it and going too modern.
“I wanted to go back to the old days and do an authentic Indian restaurant. This is what our fathers started, when they first opened the restaurants in England.
“When people want to go to a proper traditional and authentic Indian restaurant, this is the place.”
Danaa dishes include the Ganges flow, which is delicately spiced and the jeera lamb, which Mr Ahmed said will have a very aromatic flavour.
He said Danaa is a very traditional name, meaning ‘grain’, to fit the theme of the restaurant.
Mr Ahmed, who has been involved in the restaurant trade for 21 years, also has businesses in Cheddar, Somerton and North Petherton.
He said: “I am very passionate about food and I started when I left school.
“When I see people dining in the restaurant, it gives me great pleasure.
“I always wanted to run a restaurant myself. I started by own business when I was 18 and it has all gone on since then.”
Danaa will offer a happy night special on Wednesdays and Thursdays, where three courses will cost £10.95.