VIDEO: Spice up Christmas Dinner with an Aagrah Indian buffet
FANCY a change to the traditional Christmas dinner roast this year?
You could spice things up at one of Yorkshire's award winning Aagrah Indian restaurant - where a Christmas Day Buffet will offer a range of starters, mains, desserts, salads and accompaniments.
And you will still be able to get turkey and the trimmings with a twist.
One of the county's best known family run restaurant groups, which opened its first restaurant in Shipley in 1977, now boasts 12 restaurants and a banqueting suite at selected locations across the county.
It offers authentic Kashmiri cuisine, catering for quiet nights out to huge parties and also has a takeaway service.
Selected Aagrah branches will be open on Christmas Day - see below. And for more visit www.aagrah.com.
BOOK NOW: All bookings require a £10 per person deposit which needs to be paid within seven days of the booking to the branch directly - by calling after 4.30pm.
You can book for Garforth, which will open on the day from 12noon to 5pm, call 0113 287 6606 or Wakefield, 12noon to 6pm, 01924 242222, at £29.95 per person, under-10s £24.95 each.
Leeds City, opening 12 noon to 6pm, call 0113 2455 667, is charging £25.95 per person, under-10s £20.95 per child.
Other Aargrah's offering the buffet on Christmas Day and prices are Midpoint, 12 noon to 8pm, call 01274 668818; Shipley, 12 noon to 6pm, 01274 530880; Sheffield Leopold Square,12 noon to 6pm, 0114 279 5577; Sheffield Crystal Peaks, 12 noon to 7pm, 0114 248 2049; Skipton, 12 noon to 6pm, call 01756 790807; Doncaster, 12 noon to 6pm, 01302 728888, where prices are £19.95 per person, under-10s £14.95 per child.
The Christmas Day buffet was hugely popular last year and is expected to sell fast - so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, say bosses.
There will be no A La Carte dining or takeaway service available on Christmas Day at the above branches.
Christmas Disco Party Nights are also making a return at Garforth this week and next n Wednesdays, December 11 and 19, and Thursdays, December 12 and 19, Discos starts at 9.30pm
Aagrah Garforth is offering the A La Carte Menu and its Christmas Banquet Menus, for parties of eight or more. To reserve a table call 0113 287 6606. View the Christmas Banquet Menus for 2019 and for more information visit www.aagrah.com.
Wasim Aslam, Aagrah Garforth Director, say its regular buffets - which run the rest of the year, seven days a week - have proved to be a huge success and a reason why the company has expanded its Garforth operation, almost doubling it's covers to 250.
It also has parking for 100 vehicles.
Aagrah Garforth has a large conservatory covering the front of the dining room used for Bar and reception.
The branch, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, prides itself in offering contemporary dining, a versatile Kashmiri menu, plus great wine and beers to accompany meals. It was the fourth restaurant in the group, opening in 1993 in the former East Garforth Infants School building, just minutes for the M1 motorway at Junction 47 - around 25 minutes drive East of Leeds city centre.
Aagrah opened its first restaurant in Shipley in 1977. Its success is attributed to good quality authentic Kashmiri cuisine, with a warm friendly service. They offer an outdoor event catering UK wide.
The company also has a share of the home dining market with their range of authentic Tarka Cooking Sauces, hugely popular, they are available in Asda, Coop and Morrisons supermarkets.
Aagrah Garforth is one of the company’s flagship restaurants, based in the heart of the community, open seven days a week, 5.30pm to 11.30pm, Monday to Saturday and Sundays, 4.30pm to 10.30pm.
Wasim said: "We opened here in 1993 so we've been in Garforth 26 years and proud to have grown with the community. I recognise a lot of second and third generations of customers. It's like home to them.
"This used to be the old East Garforth Infant School and its so popular we extended it last year so it's now a 250 seat restaurant.
"We also share car parking with an existing school next door - they use ours during the day, so we use theirs on an evening. So the car park facility is fantastic. We have up to about 100 car parking spaces, So parking is not a problem.
"We've started doing the buffet here seven days a week because it's what our customers wanted, as well as the a la carte menu. They like the buffet because they can choose a variety of foods, rather than picking one or two items. We're always adding new dishes, offering even more choice and we change the menu every three to four days, so people don't get bored and there's lots of variety.
"We have best sellers, the house and chef's specialities, including traditional Indian foods and home cooked style dishes. Even that's on the buffet so if you want to try very traditional dishes, they are on there for you as well.
"And it's not just about the food. We want to create an experience where people have a full dining experience - we also have cocktails, international gins and international beers, craft and IPAs. We now sell beer from Kirkstall Brewery, just down the road from here, including a gluten free beer.
"We use vegetable oils - we don't use ghee, anything like that. We have dairy free products. Everything's available in our restaurants.
"We are open for Christmas Day, with a special buffet and we have the Christmas Disco Nights during December. We are also doing a New Year's Eve gala dinner and dance which is usually very, very popular and it's always full. So best to book `as soon as possible."