Set in a rural landscape, surrounded by tall trees and beautiful stones, Bradford’s new Holiday Inn restaurant, Iman’s Brasserie offers a fine dining experience.
From the road to the parking lot it’s hard to fathom it’s in the heart of the bustle of Bradford
Huge windows panel the sides of the room, the vibrant colors of the sunset pouring through.
Modern touches were added to the stone room, but the overall effect was quaint and warm.
The restaurant was opened by Ashfaq Hussain, former owner of the famous Bradford EastzEast restaurant, which has chains across the UK.
Working in the restaurant business for over 30 years, Ashfaq took a risk with their new restaurant by offering a range of authentic Italian dishes on the menu.
Ashfaq said, “We wanted to have things on the menu so that it would suit everyone.
“Our main service is for those staying at the hotel, so we have to accommodate them and having a full Asian menu wouldn’t work.”
T&As were invited to visit the restaurant and sample selected dishes from the menu.
We were offered a range of starters and main courses including lamb chops, chicken wings, chicken kebabs, Bhuna lamb, Karahi chicken from the Asian menu, and tagliatelle with mushrooms and chicken and risotto with mushrooms and chicken from the Italian menu.
The food on the Asian menu was well prepared, the highlight being the Chicken Karahi; a recipe that Ashfaq’s uncle has revisited and “invented”.
Asian cuisine is well known for its blend of spices and although some dishes had a punch, the heat was tolerable enough that the dish was still enjoyable.
Being on the Asian restaurant scene allowed Ashfaq to perfect his dishes, but adding Italian could have been a disaster if he hadn’t brought in an Italian chef.
“We wanted authentic Italian, not Italian with an Asian touch and by having a chef who specializes in that, I hope that will attract people.
“People like to try topical foods and they don’t want a different version, they want them well done.
“Our Italian dishes are simple, but they are well prepared and we use quality ingredients.”
With authentic Italian and Asian chefs behind the kitchen doors, recipes inspired by loved ones and passed down for years, the food imparted the same warmth as the atmosphere of the restaurant.
The restaurant is open to customers, but the owners will be holding a grand opening at the end of November, with free food for all attendees.
Iman’s Brasserie also hosts weddings that take place within the hotel grounds, with two wedding venues and a marquee outside.