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New restaurant opening at Wapping Wharf, Bristol – Sholay Indian Kitchen

The owners of The Mint Room, the award-winning fine dining Indian restaurants in Bath and Bristol, are proud to announce the opening of a modern, casual dining concept called Sholay Indian Kitchen, at Cargo 2, in Bristol’s bustling new Wapping Wharf development.

Sholay takes its cue from the iconic 1975 Bollywood film of the same name, considered a classic and one of the best Indian films of all time with none other than the “King of Bollywood” in the starring role, actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The intimate, almost canteen style restaurant with communal seating (20 covers dining in and 30 on the outer decked terrace) though more than emulates the cinematic name, it pays homage to the timeless epic and even depicts characters and quotes from the revered film in colourful and eye-catching murals. This is a rustic, fun, funky eaterie, where an Indian “roadside diner” meets Bollywood!

With a concise menu based on Pan-Indian items emphasising small and large sharing plates – as opposed to a conventional, “curry” based menu – this is also cooking with a visual flair. Amongst Sholay’s tempting Small Plates are Spinach & Garlic Bhaji; Hara Murgh (green herb chicken); and Masalay ki Machli (tawa grilled salmon). Included amongst the unmissable Large Plates are Dhai Baingan (baby aubergines in yoghurt & coriander); Tawa Poussin (tawa grilled young chicken, mixed bell pepper sauce & rice); along with Kathi Roll (Indian style wrap – with a choice of veg, lamb or chicken). Diners can also enjoy house cocktails and a selection of wines, beers and house cocktails.

“We’re very pleased to have opened at Cargo 2,” said Luthfur Rahman, Managing Director of The Mint Room, who along with his brother Moe Rahman, owns the group. “The Wapping Wharf quarter is Bristol’s latest hub of retail outlets, restaurants and residential units and it’s a very exciting area to be in. Sholay Indian Kitchen was developed in conjunction with food and hospitality journalist turned consultant Humayun Hussain, regarded for many years as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on Indian food and restaurants and he also devised the name and menu here. We hope Sholay will be a great success as we are planning to launch sites in other towns and cities.”