Sunday, 27 November 2011

Press Release - Cardamom Black, Harrogate

November 22, 2011


Discerning food lovers in Yorkshire will be able to indulge in a deliciously mouth-watering selection of traditional South Asian cuisine when new restaurant Cardamom Black opens in Harrogate on December 1.   

Owned and managed by restaurateur Nick Rahman, the plush new eatery is situated in Harrogate’s former Empire Theatre building. It will offer diners a wide selection of South Asian dishes encompassing succulent starters, speciality sharing plates, a fresh fish bar, classic and unique main courses, delectable fresh desserts and a wide selection of fine wines, champagne, cocktails and beers. 

Nick, through his team of specialist contractors, has painstakingly brought the old theatre back to its former glory and it now boasts a stunningly unique interior that blends contemporary design with traditional features, including a grand stage area where live entertainment will be staged on selected evenings.

The restaurant also has two separate bars, an iced fish bar displaying fresh seafood, a daybed area where guests can relax and enjoy a special grazing menu, and options for private dining and conferencing.

Cardamom Black’s menu will include traditional South Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, effectively fusing time-honoured traditions with the spirit of the West.

Signature dishes on the menu include:

·         Nidderdale Lamb Chops (starter) – the finest Nidderdale lamb chops marinated in juices of smoked garlic, rosemary, roasted black pepper, a touch of roasted Cumin and crushed whole spices.

·         Chicken Devaan (main) – a special dish made with olive oil, black pepper, ginger, plum tomatoes and fried onions.

·         Classic Dark Chocolate Fondant (dessert) – a rich 70 per cent cocoa chocolate fondant that’s oven baked and served with Swiss premium white chocolate ice cream.

Speaking about the new restaurant, Nick said: “I have wanted to open my own restaurant in Harrogate for several years but could never find the right venue. As soon as I learned the former Empire Theatre building was available I jumped at the chance as I knew that with the right investment, the beautiful building could be restored to create a truly stunning and unique restaurant interior.    

“Harrogate has a vibrant restaurant scene, but I feel it lacks a high-end Asian offering and Cardamom Black will fill that gap, bringing unique South Asian dishes to Harrogate that are all made using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients.

“This, combined with glamorous surroundings and meticulous service, will make for a truly enjoyable and unique dining experience and I’m extremely excited about welcoming both locals and people from across Yorkshire and beyond into Cardamom Black.”   

Nick Rahman’s family have been involved in the restaurant sector for over forty years. His father owns part of the largest chain of Kashmiri Restaurants in the UK and so he has been involved in the restaurant sector his whole life, most recently as a senior board manager within the chain.

Having run and managed restaurants within the chain, Nick knows what does and doesn’t work and has used that experience throughout the creation of Cardamom Black.

Cardamom Black is situated in the old Empire Theatre building, opposite Harrogate Theatre, and will be open from 5pm-10.30pm on Sundays & Mondays, 5pm-11pm Tuesday to Thursday, 5pm-12midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

To book a table or find out more about what the restaurant offers call 01423 31 31 36 or visit


Issued on behalf of Cardamom Black by Brand8 PR. For further media information please contact Jasmine Headley on 0113 394 4581 or email

Update - I reviewed Cardamom Black in January 2012 -