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Something new on menu in Old Town

Swindon Advertiser: From left, Asiana’s head chef Kutub Uddin and owner Faz Zaman From left, Asiana’s head chef Kutub Uddin and owner Faz Zaman

FOOD lovers in Old Town can now enjoy a whole new dining experience with the opening of Asiana.

The owners are looking to bring a unique restaurant to Swindon which will offer both Indian and Italian cuisine.

Run by brothers Faz and Shah Zaman, who also own the Tamarind in Highworth, Asiana will offer customers the chance to enjoy a meal cooked by a top chef or simply a enjoy a cocktail in the bar downstairs.

It has taken almost a year and a half to get the restaurant in Hoopers Place open, but the brothers feel it has been worth it to get exactly what they wanted.

Faz, 31, said: “We do not just want this to be another restaurant. We wanted to bring something different, something that Swindon does not yet have.

“It has the look of something you would expect to see in London or another city but with prices you expect to see in Swindon.

“We are not just a normal restaurant. If people want to come in for a drink or a cocktail then that is fine. If they want to come in to eat, then that is fine also.

“A lot of people have tried to mix Indian with Thai or Chinese but Italian is one of the most popular types of meal.

“We are all excited about this and feel Old Town is perfect for what we are trying to do.”

The brothers have worked in Indian restaurants all their lives and owned the Tamarind for the last five years. While the food on offer will be traditional, Faz and Shah will be bringing a modern twist to it.

They have hired two experienced chefs, who will both work in separate kitchen space. The Indian chef has over 20 years experience while the chef cooking the Italian half has won several awards and even cooked for the Pope.

“I think we have taken advantage of our youth to help create a menu that will not lose the authenticity of the menu but will give it a modern twist,” said Faz.

“My brother and I are the two people involved in Highworth. We started the restaurant from scratch and have built up a lot of experience and know what is needed to make a quality restaurant.

“We have put in a lot of time and effort into getting the restaurant ready. There are still one or two bits we are looking to do but we are delighted to be open.”

To book your table call 01793 976500.

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9:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

It really is a great looking restaurant. Has the feel of something like a London hotel restaurant. Only the Weighbridge manages to outdo the aesthetics in Swindon. The Indian food is also very good and they seem keen to get things just right.

Nice to see another excellent restaurant in Old Town. Very best of luck to them.
It really is a great looking restaurant. Has the feel of something like a London hotel restaurant. Only the Weighbridge manages to outdo the aesthetics in Swindon. The Indian food is also very good and they seem keen to get things just right. Nice to see another excellent restaurant in Old Town. Very best of luck to them. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

9:38am Thu 27 Mar 14

swindonsnumberonegay says...

went there Saturday - really impressive restaurant and the food was excellent - well worth a visit
went there Saturday - really impressive restaurant and the food was excellent - well worth a visit swindonsnumberonegay
  • Score: 5

10:39am Thu 27 Mar 14

stratton man says...

I would love to try it but if I get any fatter I wont be able to fit in my car.The suspension already groans when I hit the speed bumps.
I would love to try it but if I get any fatter I wont be able to fit in my car.The suspension already groans when I hit the speed bumps. stratton man
  • Score: 3

10:54am Thu 27 Mar 14

KeyboardWarri0r says...

IMO mixed restaurants never work, they give you the impression that as they are not a specialist in either than they wont be as good as a full Italian or Full Indian restaurant, this might not be the case here, but I'm sure people will be put off before they have given it a chance which is a shame, it may be very good.
IMO mixed restaurants never work, they give you the impression that as they are not a specialist in either than they wont be as good as a full Italian or Full Indian restaurant, this might not be the case here, but I'm sure people will be put off before they have given it a chance which is a shame, it may be very good. KeyboardWarri0r
  • Score: 0

10:56am Thu 27 Mar 14

swindondad says...

stratton man wrote:
I would love to try it but if I get any fatter I wont be able to fit in my car.The suspension already groans when I hit the speed bumps.
LOL

If you were to "jog" to and from the town rather than drive you might just burn off enough to make it a calorie neutral meal.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: I would love to try it but if I get any fatter I wont be able to fit in my car.The suspension already groans when I hit the speed bumps.[/p][/quote]LOL If you were to "jog" to and from the town rather than drive you might just burn off enough to make it a calorie neutral meal. swindondad
  • Score: 2

10:59am Thu 27 Mar 14

swindondad says...

If the Adver is running "advertising features" then they could at least go the whole hog and include the website details:

http://www.asianares
taurant.co.uk/
If the Adver is running "advertising features" then they could at least go the whole hog and include the website details: http://www.asianares taurant.co.uk/ swindondad
  • Score: 2

11:38am Thu 27 Mar 14

Claypers says...

swindondad wrote:
If the Adver is running "advertising features" then they could at least go the whole hog and include the website details:

http://www.asianares

taurant.co.uk/
You got ahead of yourself there SwindonDad - that website is for a restaurant in Woking!
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: If the Adver is running "advertising features" then they could at least go the whole hog and include the website details: http://www.asianares taurant.co.uk/[/p][/quote]You got ahead of yourself there SwindonDad - that website is for a restaurant in Woking! Claypers
  • Score: 1

11:53am Thu 27 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Great to see the building being used and some extra jobs in the town but is this really something new?
Where in Swindon could you possibly eat Indian or Italian food?

Hopefully the restaurant will be successful and maybe even revive some interest in the pub / club site.
The area looks great and is generally clean the likes of the spot etc brought that down now that is gone and a number of other developments in the area is really encouraging to see.
Great to see the building being used and some extra jobs in the town but is this really something new? Where in Swindon could you possibly eat Indian or Italian food? Hopefully the restaurant will be successful and maybe even revive some interest in the pub / club site. The area looks great and is generally clean the likes of the spot etc brought that down now that is gone and a number of other developments in the area is really encouraging to see. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

stratton man says...

Swindondad if I were to jog anywhere it would cause earth tremours and the area around Regents Circus is already unstable I wouldn't want to be responsible for a landslide.
Swindondad if I were to jog anywhere it would cause earth tremours and the area around Regents Circus is already unstable I wouldn't want to be responsible for a landslide. stratton man
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Amberflame says...

Nice to see so many positive comments about a new establishment for a change on here. Can't wait to check it out, looks great. I'm looking forward to trying the cocktails!
Nice to see so many positive comments about a new establishment for a change on here. Can't wait to check it out, looks great. I'm looking forward to trying the cocktails! Amberflame
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Thu 27 Mar 14

madreeves says...

Saturday night in Old Town? Only a matter of time before a vindaloo pizza is on the menu.
Saturday night in Old Town? Only a matter of time before a vindaloo pizza is on the menu. madreeves
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Fri 28 Mar 14

EmmBee says...

madreeves wrote:
Saturday night in Old Town? Only a matter of time before a vindaloo pizza is on the menu.
Sounds yummy to me, and I'm not even drunk.
[quote][p][bold]madreeves[/bold] wrote: Saturday night in Old Town? Only a matter of time before a vindaloo pizza is on the menu.[/p][/quote]Sounds yummy to me, and I'm not even drunk. EmmBee
  • Score: 1

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