LUX Restaurant & Bar Awards 2019 Page 107 LUX Restaurant & Bar Awards 2019 Since it welcomed its first guests in 2013 the Taj Mahal Blackpool has gained a phenomenal reputation for excellence thanks to its delicious, fresh dishes and friendly, welcoming hospitality. Already rated amongst Blackpool’s Top Ten restaurants on Trip Advisor, the restaurant serves a range of Halal, Indian and Pakistani cuisine carefully prepared by its Chef and Proprietor Kais Mansoor, who has been in this restaurant business for over 25 years. The Mansoor family are well known in the Fylde having owned and run a popular takeaway business in nearby Lytham St Annes for many years. Opened in 1997, Kai’s Balti House was a firm favourite with locals for the quality of the food and the excellent service, both of which have transferred to the Taj Mahal Restaurant. Today, their eatery is renowned for its excellent food, contemporary decor and great atmosphere. The eatery’s name comes from the Taj Mahal, a stunning monument which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built at Agra by Indian Emperor Shah Jahan Between 1630 and 1648 to immortalize his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Contrary to what many at firs think it is not a palace, but rather a tomb, a monumental dream in white marble. When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive she extracted four promises from the emperor: first, that he build the Taj Mahal; second, that he should marry again; third, that he be kind to their children; fourth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. The Taj Mahal Restaurant in South Shore, Blackpool is a family-owned Indian restaurant serving a range of Halal Indian cuisine that will tempt even the most discerning of diners. As part of our overview of this year’s Restaurant & Bar Awards we profile the establishment to find out more about its history of excellence. The Taj Mahal Blackpool Best Indian Restaurant 2019 - Blackpool He kept the first and second promises. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. The material was brought in from all over India and Central Asia; it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. It was designed by the Iranian architect Istad Usa and is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. Passion is also central to the success of the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Blackpool, and each and every member of the team is dedicated to producing some of the finest Indian cuisine in the region. The establishment’s vast menu has been adapted over the years and now contains a range of specialities from across India and Pakistan. For the less adventurous there are also a range of English dishes. Each and every dish is made fresh to order from only the finest possible ingredients. Although the restaurant does not have an alcohol licence, it does allow guests to bring their own alcoholic drinks with no corkage charge. Thanks to this vast menu and the team’s dedication to excellence in every area, the Taj Mahal has gained a strong reputation for being a great venue for any occasion, be it a celebration or a quiet family meal. As a result, the eatery now has a vast array of regulars, some of whom visit from far and wide to sample the flavourful and rich dishes that the Taj Mahal has to offer. Seeking to build upon its already impressive success, over the coming years the Mansoor family will continue to enhance its portfolio of successful and popular restaurants, whilst at the same time working tirelessly to ensure that favourites such as the Taj Mahal remain committed to quality and excellence. Company: The Taj Mahal Blackpool Contact: Kaisar Mansoor Website: