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Enjoy a taste of Diwali celebrations at Navadhanya in Cambridge

The team at Navadhanya, Cambridge
The team at Navadhanya, Cambridge

The fine dining Indian restaurant Navadhanya will be celebrating Diwali over the next three weeks with a special festival menu.

Diners can expect a very different experience from traditional Indian restaurant food. Navadhanya’s executive chef Kamaladasan trained at the Michelin-starred London restaurant Tamarind and will be bringing that experience to the design of every dish.

He explained: “I have drawn our menu from around India and incorporated street food favourites, Anglo-Indian dishes and twists on home-cooked classics.”

The Diwali menu at Navadhanya, on Newmarket Road in Cambridge, will run from Monday, September 25 to Sunday, October 15, inclusive. The restaurant is opening on Mondays during the festival period to accommodate more diners. Last year saw the restaurant completely booked out for the Diwali food festival.

Festival dishes will include delicacies such as Kerala Salmon Moilli (tandoori grilled salmon fillet, tempered cassava, cocum, coconut sauce and steamed rice) and pan-seared duck (with mango, spiced butternut mash and lemon rice). Diners could even try a chilli and truffle naan on the side.

Diwali, Hindu festival of light, is one of the most popular festivals in India and a time when families decorate their homes with garlands of flowers and twinkling lights, watch spectacular fireworks displays and enjoy delicious food.

Restaurant owner Krishna Vijayakumar said: “Diwali is a hugely important festival for us and we wanted to make it extra special by offering our customers something a little different. We will be decorating the restaurant in the traditional way with flowers and will be offering an exquisite taste of real Indian food that people would enjoy over this season.”

Cousins Krishna Vijayakumar and Arun K Chandran launched the restaurant three years ago and it is now ranked the number one Indian restaurant in Cambridge on Trip Adviser. Krishna said: “We want to thank our loyal customers for their support over the years and we hope more people will discover our new type of Indian cuisine.

“Our aim is to provide a Royal Indian dining experience with a fresh twist on traditional meals.”


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