Asian Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020
Sanctua, Oadby, Leicestershire
Sanctua is the winner for its stunning vegan cooking.
We ordered Sanctua’s vegan banquet, which combined extraordinary flavour combinations. The main – ‘A Celebration of the Sweetcorn Harvest’ – comprised smoky, charred lime, herb-and-chilli butter corn on the cob with peanut-butter curry, coriander chutney, pepper, tomato and corn salsa, plus crispy spicy fried corn nuts. It was served with tadka couscous, garlic flatbread and kachumber salad.
Sanctua’s chef-patron Bindu Patel’s cooking is inventive and tasty, embracing Ayurvedic principles (one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems). Her experience working at Michelin-star restaurants, including Gymkhana and Trishna in Mayfair, has provided her with all the tools to excel.
Other Sanctua dishes we recommend include a starter of green falafel and pomegranate chaat with pickled beetroot, carrot and tahini chutney, ‘green goddess’ dressing and tamarind chutney. And the dessert of warm tapioca, vanilla bean, toasted almond and brown sugar kheer with caramelised spiced roasted chilled plums.
Sarpech in Oakham served an excellent Thali for Sunday lunch in bright surroundings with very helpful and friendly staff. Sarpech is a truly excellent restaurant and comes highly recommended.
Herb in Leicester provided tasty vegetarian dishes from Kerala, such as a fresh-tasting and vibrant Green Papaya Stew.
And the Gurkha Lounge in Peterborough transported us to Nepal to sample authentic dishes, such as ‘Mo Mo’, cooked by an owner who regularly visits his homeland to collect recipes from his mother.