The Tiien Thai Restaurant in Bournemouth has been shortlisted for the Asian Curry Awards 2023.

The award ceremony, which has been dubbed 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.

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 the Tiien Thai Restaurant there too.

Tiien Thai Restaurant shortlisted for Asian Curry Awards 2023

On its website, the Tiien Thai Restaurant says it aims to create a "perfect ambiance" for everyone who dines there.

It adds: "There are many inspired decorative touches that you will enjoy like the feature lampshades made with specially sourced material with black and white illustrations of 'Angels and Soldiers'.

"The beautifully crafted floor and walls are built with exotic Merbau and Sapele hardwoods.

"Both woods chosen for their popular use in Thailand and sourced from environmentally managed stock."

Tiien Thai has also been well-received on Tripadvisor, earning a 4/5 score from 1,401 reviews.

One person wrote: "This restaurant is INCREDIBLE. The best Thai food we've had outside of Thailand. Great service, lovely setting, and the food, wow.

"Every single dish was amazing. Our only regret was that we were too full for dessert."

Another posted: "One of the best Thai restaurants I've been to. The food was outstanding, service was quick and the restaurant itself was like a visit to Thailand."

Meanwhile, another shared: "What a lovely place to eat. The service, the athmosphere, the food, all great. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone."