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Curry house gets around lockdown by serving curries in cars with incredible invention


Spice Village is offering a eat-in car service which involves a specially designed tray being inserted into the front of the car. 

Croydon businessman Suleman Raza, 39, came up with the idea as it’s still several months until hospitality venues can offer indoor dining. 

Mr Raza hopes to give diners the full restaurant experience from their car park.

He told My London: “We’ve designed a bespoke tray, the idea is when you come in we take your order and then bring your food to your car.

“The response from customers has been amazing, we’ve had non-stop calls coming in from people trying to make reservations.

“Before we were doing normal takeaway and we’ve been working on this idea for a few months.

“A lot of customers have been missing out on dining in so we thought how can we make this Covid safe?

“Because you have to have the car windows open we’ve set up some background music in the car park.” 

Mr Raza opened up Spice Village from the Grand Sapphire Hotel on Imperial Way in the south London town last year in May 2020.

The Grand Sapphire Hotel is a luxury wedding venue and like many businesses has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Spice Village was set up at the Grand Sapphire Hotel as a way to make money while large weddings have been unable to take place. 

During the lockdown the 39-year-old has been juggling running a business, alongside helping his wife home school their four children aged between eight and two. 

According to their website Spice Village serves a mixture of Indian, Pakistani, Bengali, Sri Lankan and Lebanese cuisine. 

The eat-in car service was launched on the weekend and so far the most ordered dish has been the mixed grill, a platter of seekh kebabs, chicken and lamb tikka.

Other popular choices include the restaurant’s masala fish and pani puri, a small puffed bread filled with a delicious mix of spices, potato, onion and chickpeas.

Mr Raza said it took a several attempts to get the design of the tray right. 

Currently the business has six special trays which slot into the front of the car.

The eat-in car service is now running daily from 5-10pm and diners can book a one-hour slot. 

Meanwhile takeaway food can still be ordered and served to the car without the tray without a reservation.

In accordance with Boris Johnson’s roadmap for easing Covid restrictions from April 12 in England restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors. 

With indoor hospitality not expected to reopen until five weeks later on the May 17. 

Additional reporting Tara O’Connor 


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