A PLACE in Goa provided the inspiration for a Stalybridge restaurant that celebrates its first birthday in March.
Candolim on Mottram Road shares its name with an Indian town standing on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
And now the Tameside based business is preparing for the latest in a long line of festivities since it first opened in 2017.
“It’s been a brilliant year; we have progressed month after month and received some excellent reviews and comments,” explained proprietor Bilal Alam.
“It has been hard work but it’s been worth it.
“I find it hard to switch off at times but, touch wood, no regrets,” he laughed.
Bilal is no stranger to the restaurant business in the town but was tempted to open up a new venture when the premises became available.
“The building is eye catching,” says Bilal of the former Stayley Ward Number One Conservative Club.
“It’s good from the outside but when you step inside it has so much more character.
“We have kept many of the old features but have made it more modern including an open plan kitchen. This is one of our key features.
“So, when people walk in they can see all the cooking being done.
“We also have a beer garden at the rear for if we get any decent weather.
“There is plenty of car parking at the back but obviously it’s our menu of which we are most proud.
“We have different, traditional, home cooked dishes you might not expect to find.”
Candolim can cater for up to 120 diners depending on how the room is formatted. There are up to seven chefs preparing meals.
Customers, already drawn in by an extensive and mouth-watering menu, can expect more treats with a newly refurbished bar area and tasty additions to the food offerings.
Additionally, Candolim are now the proud new sponsors of Stalybridge St Paul’s Cricket Club.
“The lads use us on a regular basis and we decided to give something back to the community,” Bilal explained.
“I love watching cricket as well but I have no time to play.”
So, why Candolim? “When we sat down choosing a name, we wanted something that stood out,” Bilal said.
“My brother had been travelling round India and he went to this place called Candolim.
“He really enjoyed the street food so as part of our new menus we are going to include some of the dishes you find in Goa from street vendors.”
To discover the delights awaiting at Candolim and for more information and menus go online to: www.candolim.co.uk
Visit them at: 71 Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2QP.