I dined at award-winning Deedar in Louth and wasn’t disappointed

A popular Indian restaurant is now an award-winning venue and is celebrating 20 years of service.

Deedar, on Louth’s Aswell Street won the coveted Good Food Award for 2023/24 for its homestyle, authentic, Asian flavours and quality service. So we visited to test out how they serve our favourite Indian meals and whether the reputation of genuine flavours stacks up like a tray of poppadoms.

We fancied visiting for National Curry Week last month, but the venue was embarking on a refurbishment and was closed for a fortnight. We remained patient for its re-opening at the start of this month and were delighted the food quality, service and value had definitely kept its high standards, worthy of the latest award. Our tastebuds were ignited and tantalised and the evening turned into a lasting memory.


There is also some Breaking News from Deedar that will excite customers with the introduction of a pizza oven soon, so you can choose an Indian meal served on a pizza. The pizza will be a naan bread topped with whatever customers wish, such as chicken tikka masala or jalfrezi.

There is booking only for the restaurant which is cosy and intimate, catering for around 30 diners. The lighting, decor and paintings add to the atmosphere in which all the staff pride themselves in top class catering and service.

There was a friendly welcome from Nina and the restaurant and takeaway owner Sahen Miah. It is 20 years since he ventured into owning his own business and set about building a reputation for serving food which all Indian and Asian people would respect as authentic and distinct from the commercial Indian food served up at other venues just to satisfy an English palate.

Starters at Deedar in Louth

His latest move is to educate customers on the distinction between homestyle Indian food and the commercial curry market.

Too often have we visited venues that overdo some ingredients making a dish overly greasy and oily. But at Deedar the dishes we enjoyed met all the criteria which won the restaurant and takeaway its prestigious award. The pilau rice is an example of how the rice should taste. Our onion bhaji and seekh kebab starter were sizzling hot and delicious and a perfect forerunner to the main dishes.

It has been several years since chicken tikka masala overtook fish and chips as the UK’s most popular dish, so we tried the Deedar take on it and were impressed. It was sweet and got full marks from my partner. She also enjoyed the passanda and some dansak. The jalfrezi was the biggest hit of the evening and was a real treat for her, although she is not accustomed to the hotter curries. She “never tried anything like that!”

That is one of the secrets of Deedar, where you are tempted into something that you would not normally have and go for something different. I recommend the Bombay potatoes highly. There are some new dishes being planned and coming soon. They will complement the popular garlic chilli chicken, chicken Balti jalfrezi and Royal Bengal jalfrezi which are top of the league at Deedar.

Staff go the extra mile for customers and cater for any request. There is also a a fine range of vegetarian options, and they check for anyone with allergies.

Authentic Naan and pilau rice at Deedar

Another distinctive feature of Deedar is that while it only serves non-alcoholic drinks, diners can bring their own alcohol, which there is a licence for. It is an acknowledgment of the owner’s Muslim faith and that of his mother, Guljan Bibi, from whom Sahen has learned a lot. He also works alongside brother and accomplished chef, Shanoor Miah.

Sahen formerly worked at the popular Agrah in Cleethorpes and Helal in Louth in a career spanning over 30 years. The award has been a proud moment for him, knowing it is based on responses from customers. He said: “It is nice to be recognised and shown appreciation for the food. This is what we eat at home. You eat what we eat.

“We are always on our top-level and different from others because of our authentic, homestyle which is on a different level. I love the job and inventing new dishes. I feel I have achieved something and hope people will come and try to tell the difference from what they normally have.”

Oddly, there isn’t a definitive answer to where the name Deedar comes from but it is a word in the Arabic Farsi language and can mean a glimpse into something, often referring to something magical. It can also refer to an heroic, inspirational character. Details of menu options, opening times, prices and services are on www.deedar.co.uk

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