A ST HELENS restaurant has been shortlisted in the Asian Curry Awards 2023.

Green Olive Italian and Indian restaurant, based on George Street, in the town centre, is among 200 venues included on the list for the event.

The award ceremony, which has been dubbed as the “Curry Oscars”, is the biggest event in the Asian culinary calendar.

The list of over 200 venues across the country will now be whittled down to the top 100 by online votes from members of the public who will decide the finalists.

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These will then be assessed by a panel of judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), who will determine category winners.

ACF Chairman Yawar Khan said: “We’re seeing some remarkable innovation by pioneering restaurateurs, adapting to challenging trading conditions and more sophisticated customer preferences.

“Afternoon chai, weekend brunch, more use of quality local produce – especially seafood and game, are now being widely served."

The full shortlist can be seen on the Asian Curry Awards website here and you can vote for Green Olive there too.

About the Green Olive 

On its website, Green Olive says it “is an Italian restaurant with a modern twist of serving the UK’s favourite Indian food alongside it”.

It adds that the venue’s menu includes “traditional curries such as vindaloos, Korma, bhuna and jalfrezi, the chefs have years of experience in cooking these speciality dishes.”

The restaurant recently marked its one-year anniversary since moving into the former Bryoney’s Bistro site on George Street.

St Helens Star: Inside the George Street premisesInside the George Street premises (Image: St Helens Star)

The family behind the Green Olive chose the premises on George Street as a "good location" in St Helens town centre, after decades of experience in takeaways and restaurants across Merseyside.

Green Olive has been well received on Trip Advisor, with an average of 4.0 stars, from 21 reviews, with a total of 12 reviews scoring 5/5.

Among the reviews one stated: “Absolutely fantastic food with pleasant happy staff the food was served red hot and full of flavour great varied menu we will be back to work our way through the menu”.

St Helens Star: A selection of meals at the restaurantA selection of meals at the restaurant (Image: Green Olive)

Another added: “Second time I have visited the green olive, tried the Italian first time and Indian this time and not disappointed either time but got to say the meal I had tonight was absolutely amazing and would highly recommend.

“The staff are really friendly and attentive. This is the perfect place to eat before going to a show at the theatre royal it really is just around the corner. It’s also BYO which is an added bonus.”