Romy Gill owner of Romy’s Kitchen presents a unique style of Anglo-Indian cooking. . . . by Asian Lite News
Romy Gill opened Romy’s Kitchen in Thornbury in September 2013, and in doing so joined an elite group of female Indian chef-owners in the UK. Growing up in West Bengal, to a Punjabi family, Romy’s food celebrates the flavours she grew up with, taking influence not only from her Indian heritage but also her modern British lifestyle creating a unique style of Anglo-Indian cooking.
Romy developed her passion for cooking after immigrating to the UK in 1994 and pining for the flavours of home. Born in Burnpur, West Bengal, Romy’s culinary style reflects her childhood; her father worked in a steel plant and many different people visited their home, bringing their food and culture with them. The varied cooking styles she encountered at a young age inspired Romy to experiment with ingredients and flavours, an element of her cooking that is apparent today.
Romy’s professional cookery career has humble beginnings; starting with catering dinner parties before moving on to host cookery classes. Romy progressed to creating her own range of chutneys, sauces, pickles and spice mixes, which she still sells in her restaurant today. The opening of Romy’s Kitchen in 2013 was a pivotal moment for Romy, launching her on to the UK food-scene as one to watch.
Romy’s Kitchen is situated in the picturesque village of Thornbury, South Gloucestershire; just 12 miles from Bristol, Romy is an active member of the thriving Bristolian food scene. The 40 cover restaurant sits within ground floor of a grade two listed cottage. To the rear is Romy’s prized kitchen garden where she grows herbs and vegetable ingredients including fenugreek leaves, beetroot, squashes, mooli, Indian radishes, courgettes, wild garlic and various beans.
Dishes at Romy’s Kitchen reflect Romy’s cultural heritage with a sense of locality, combining a blend of Indian spices and flavours with local produce. A Bombay-inspired Parsi Chicken Curry balances the intense sweet flavour of tamarind with hot green and red chillies, coconut, onions, garlic and sesame seeds; while a richly indulgent Laal Maas Wild Boar curry is inspired by the Royal hunting expeditions of Rajasthan (wild boar cooked with yogurt, chillies, garlic, onions and spices, served with dal and rice). The lunch menu features a set menu with two courses available at £10 or three for £15. Also available is a lunch platter for two for £25.
Since launching her restaurant, Romy has been shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement Award and has been nominated in the Bristol Good Food Awards, the BBC Bristol Food Hero and The British Curry Awards 2014.
Address: 2 Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HB
Social media: @romyskitchen