Authentic Indian Cuisine

In the heart of Durham City

The Capital Restaurant is situated in the heart of historic Cathedral city of Durham.

The Capital offers a unique dining experience set in a grade II listed building inviting ambience combining English design with Indian visual themes.

The restaurant presents a periodic evolving menu and a carefully matched wine list.

Our Chef has won the numerous International Curry Awards and known for his creativity, innovation and his culinary talent.

Innovation and authenticity

At the Capital we challenge the notion that Indian Haute cuisine can only be created using age old recipes and ideas. We believe that Indian food should constantly evolve and adapt.

Our chef creates dishes and menus combining Indian ingredients with local produce and Indian cooking techniques with a European design template which produces a distinctive layering of flavour.

The Capital Indian Restaurant, Durham

CURRY champ Syed Zohorul Islam is one of the best in the business.

The Sunderland father of five, who runs the Capital Restaurant in Claypath, Durham, was named a winner in Curry Life Magazine’s best Curry Chef Awards at a glittering awards night in London.

Bagging yet another high-profile award comes just after Syed celebrated a decade of success at his restaurant.

Curry Life Magazine, the voice for thousands of Indian restaurants in the UK, recognises excellence in the industry and has also organised a British Curry Festival in different countries where Syed has three times taken the top title.

Award Winning Chef Syed Zohorul Islam

Indian History

India is a vast country with great diversity of climates, cultures, people and geography. It is this rich tapestry woven by Indian culture which gives its cuisine its unique place in culinary history.

Indian cuisine has been shaped over the centuries by many forces. Religion, now as in the past, has had a profound influence. There are many religions practiced in India and most of them give some instruction as to the food eaten by followers.

The different races which have at one time invaded the country have also brought their influence to bear on the cuisine. The Mughals from Afghanistan brought with them exotic spices and dried fruits and nuts, the Persians contributed the Dansak style and the Kashmiris contributed numerous wonderful vegetarian dishes.

The vast sub-continent of India offers a range of culinary delights as rich and diverse as its people and history. Each religion has its own style: cream, ghee, nuts and yoghurt feature in dishes from the North, while the South favours chillies, coconut and coconut oil. Fish and mustard oil predominate in the East while the West has incorporated the greatest of foreign ingredients.

One element unites these diverse styles – the use of spices to create flavours and aromas distinctive of Indian cuisine.

At The Capital, we have brought you all the culinary delights from every corner of India and we hope you enjoy your visit to our restaurant and may it be the start of many more visits in the future.