It really is good to keep in touch with people, be it via Facebook, Twitter or any other way. When i saw that my old school friend Abu Shohid had opened a restaurant i had to visit. I took my sweet time in visiting but nine months later i did.
Focused around spices, the menu offers some of the best aspects of the traditional Indian restaurant but also offers the speciality of Bangladeshi dishes. I am happy that Nurjenna is local to me as I have been wanting something nearby. I don't mind travelling for a good curry but one within close proximity is even better. Recently put forward by Local MP, David Burrowes for the Tiffin Cup, Nurjenna brings with it that class and quality needed for such a prestigious award.
So after my first visit last night, I had to do an interview. Thank you Abu.
1) Who is Nurjenna?
I have two daughters, a 6 year old and a 10 month old baby. Nurjenna is my eldest daughter. She is our ‘boss’, as she like to tells us all. My nephew and Nurjenna had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon and opening the restaurant last year, alongside David Burrows MP.
2) What makes Nurjenna different to other Indian restaurants?
All of the team here at Nurjenna have a real passion for what we do. We love our food. We love to create and experiment. We love to provide excellent service. And most of all we love to see happy customers! We think we have taken classic Indian food and tried to create our own take on things. Our menu is ever expanding with new dishes like our Lamb Shanks, Tandoori Nawab and our new range of Fish Dishes.
3) When do you feel happiest in the restaurant?
I feel happiest when my team are able to ‘do their thing’ and really shine. We take pleasure in what we do and when we have the restaurant in the full swing of things we can do what we do best. The team will tell you, even when things get really busy, I'm always there with a smile on my face trying to motivate the guys.
4) Where do you see yourself and the restaurant in five years time?
Our vision is to continue to grow, doing what we do best in terms of the restaurant side of things, and maybe opening a few more over the next 5 years. We have a large restaurant here where we can hold parties for 100 people and we have had a very good response over the last few months.
We are also exploring expanding into outside catering. We can currently cater for large parties and events (up to 1000 people!) and there is a number of expansion plans we are exploring to take us to the next stages of growth.
5) Why did you decide to go into the restaurant business?
My family has always been in the restaurant business. I picked up all i know about the industry from my Dad and my Brother, and even today i still go to them now before i make any decision about the business.
We had a family restaurant for 18 years in Potters Bar and then an opportunity came up for a year ago, so i opened a sister branch called Shaad (5 Princes Parade, High Street, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5AE), which is still there today. Now i run Shaad alongside Nurjenna which is 9 months old (opened just after my youngest was born) and the businesses complement each other.
And finally which restaurant besides your own is your favourite in London?
I have many favourite restaurants in London and i don’t think you have enough space here to put all of them down!
One thing for me though is i always love to support my local businesess. That’s why i would say my favourite restaurant beside my own is Green’s Steakhouse and Grill in Southgate. Bradley Green and the team there are really great, and i love the way they have done things to the place. I also like how i get a few lectures from Brad about how to make cocktails!
P.S- a review will be coming out shortly. Quick summary- great food, quality service and two satisfied customers. We will definitely be going again.