CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Chef Q&A: Mannan Abdul, Indian Brasserie in Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 12:57 23 April 2018

Mannan Abdul (centre) with Tandoori Chef Hasan Tutul and Head Chef Omue Abdulal (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

Mannan Abdul (centre) with Tandoori Chef Hasan Tutul and Head Chef Omue Abdulal (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

© Thousand Word Media

Mannan Abdul of the Indian Brasserie in Cheltenham tells us about his gluten-free menu

What is your earliest memory of food?

My earliest memory has to be Biryani, everything mixed in with the rice as a little boy was an adventure each meal time.

Tell us about your menu.

The Indian Brasserie menu is diverse, modern and healthy focusing on the gluten-free aspect. There is no artificial colouring or flavourings, everything is natural and light but with full depth of flavour. One would say it is like a curry at home.

How often do you change your menu?

We aim to change the menu twice a year to maximise the seasonal local produce that is available.

Which dish on the menu would you recommend to a customer?

That is quite hard as each dish is exceptional in itself but at a push I would say the Chicken or Lamb Uppakari, the way it is marinated in fresh herbs with a mix of southern Indian spices really makes it. Added to that the fresh ginger, coconut milk and fresh chilli flakes in a light tangy sauce, it is divine.

What initiated your interest in cooking?

Helping family cook and learning all about spices and flavours. Cooking became quite natural to me and I my passion for it has not diminished but has grown over the years.

How would you describe your approach to food?

Flavour and spice combination is vitally important to me, I see it as an art, getting the balances right to maximise the flavours of each dish and seeing the enjoyment and wonder on those that taste my food.

What advice would you give to a novice?

Learn as much as possible no matter how basic, master each element and your understanding will grow but also cook with love and passion each dish.

Have you ever had any cooking disasters?

Of course, we learn from our mistakes especially when I am experimenting with new dishes. But I once made a birthday cake without using butter, a serious lesson learnt...

What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?

Wow, there are so many but for me the one that stands out the most has to be fried fish in Bangladesh.

Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?

A lot of the great chefs have talents that we all aspire to but for me it has to be Gordon Ramsey with his creative style and passion for cooking.

What is your favourite local ingredient?

It has to be the locally sourced veg. We have amazing farmers in Gloucestershire producing some of the best produce and it only right that we use this when it is on our doorstep.

What’s in your fridge at home?

My fridge only ever has vegetables and fish. When not at the restaurant I like to cook whatever takes my fancy.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Now that has to be Le Champignon Sauvage, it produces the best French cuisine ever to a standard only ever rivalled in Paris. I love the place and it is worthy of its two-star Michelin status.

Why should people visit you?

I want to change the concept that people have of an Indian restaurant, Indian Brasserie cuisine is not only authentic but more importantly gluten free, so it is light with amazing depths of flavour. All the produce is locally sourced with no artificial colourings of flavourings ad we are a family run business who pride ourselves on giving our customers the best dining experience.

What would you recommend about the local area?

For me Bath Road is like a small community all in itself, made up of independent businesses and the most amazing local people that really makes a community spirit.

What would you choose for your last meal on earth?

Well a banquet to make it last but if it had to be one meal than it would have to be one of our curries.

Indian Brasserie, 146 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7NG

Menu and reservations:

Tel: 01242 231350

Read our review here.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Wed, 11:43

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wed, 10:37

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Wed, 09:31

Cotswold Life readers enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with our compliments when joining us for our Autumn Feast Lunch Offer.

Read more
Tue, 12:00

Whether you’re after something for an adults’ stocking filler, a little something while you slave over the turkey dinner or a tipple to enjoy with your festive party guests, we pick 9 drinks from the Cotswolds you need to try this Christmas

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

If we can continue to show our support for talented and industrious jam-makers like these, we might just pull our favourite preserve out of the sticky situation it’s supposed to be in!

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘If its autumn in Gloucestershire, then it must be time for Apple Day when we celebrate cider’

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

Here’s our pick of some of the very best chefs from our local pubs, restaurants and hotels in and around the Cotswolds and sharing their advice and tips on how they made themselves and their businesses successful

Read more
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Can you keep a secret? This offer is just for you!

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Ciderologist Gabe Cook is on a one-man mission to promote the many benefits of drinking REAL cider

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Fresh, locally grown plums are the unsung heroes of the fruit world so seek out local varieties and rediscover the joy of your childhood fruit

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We’re fortunate to have fantastic pubs and restaurants on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, with many serving delicious dishes as well a great round of drinks. Here are six which champion local produce, and seasonal ingredients, to create mouthwatering menus

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Niall Keating of The Dining Room at Whatley Manor enjoys showcasing the best of the world’s cuisines to his diners

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Awe-inspiring views, picture-perfect scenery and iconic landmarks, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to enjoy a countryside ramble. We pick 7 walks for you to try with nearby cafes to rest your weary feet and indulge in a cream tea

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Discover the local pioneers who are creating delicious destinations for food-lovers

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search