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 -


  1. That dessert sounds delicious! You must try it and report back!

  2. Cant wait to see what has been done to the building, and trying some delicious, different food,

  3. Absolutely stunning venue and it has a real wow factor when you walk up the steps and see the main stage.

    We received a very warm welcome on arrival and there were so many dishes on the menu I wanted to try, so a return trip beckons.

  4. Wow!!!!!!!!
    Simple as that

  5. I ate there last night with friends and the food was superb. I liked the fact there was a different choice on the menu but also the fact if you requested a balti, or korma or your normal dish they could also provide it.

    However I was not overly enthralled with the 50 minute wait for a table(it was quiet with only 2 or 3 other parties in - we were forgotten in the bar) or the wait for the food although it was worth the wait due to it being so good. The wine took ages to arrive, and it seemed the waiting staff were in chaos and it was cold due to a heating problem.

    I do want to however point out it was acknowledged and the poppadoms and a tray of mini deserts were brought to us compliments of the manager, I believe it was the manager himself who brought them.

    Its a shame as I feel I want to wait a few months now before eating there again to see if these were just inital first week opening problems. I will say again the food was superb.

  6. Some excellent comments, thank you. I'm going to CB again in January for a meal, I'm really excited to try the food after so many people have said it's good.

    @anon3 - I had another comment about the cold, I'm sure the owners will get it sorted ASAP and that the waiting staff will be more on the ball next time you go, give them a couple of weeks to find their feet and go again, don't wait months :)

  7. Stunning decor, staff friendly and welcoming. food absolutely delicious! highly recommended!

  8. We've booked a table for Christmas Eve. Veye excited!! I shall keep you posted!

  9. Please get your web site up and running! We want to see the menu and pictures of the interior.

  10. The food was excellent. Discovering new Indian flavours can be difficult, but I was impressed by all the dishes I chose. I wasn't impressed by the "We have provided you with complimentary pickles, would you like to order some Poppadoms?" line. My daughter made the comment to me as we sat down and within seconds a waiter came up and said it! The fact the pickles are already waiting on your're hardly going to say no!

    We also ordered a dessert and then waited for about 25 mins with nothing arriving. After I notified one of the staff, it arrived, but it was obvious it had only just been prepared since I brought it to their attention.

    So great food, but the service still needs to settle down a bit. Well, at least they've got something more to aim for! We will go again, but probably give it a few months first.


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