5 star Indian restaurant poisons health inspectors

If you’re going to have an outbreak of food poisoning happening in your establishment, you REALLY don’t want it to happen when 10 health inspectors visit. But that’s exactly what happened at the Kayal restaurant in Leicester, which has previously been lauded and frequented by everyone from the Hairy Bikers to Paul ‘blue eyes’ Hollywood.

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The outbreak in the previously spotless restaurant - which achieved a 5 star hygiene rating - means that it has been closed since November 6th. In the fortnight leading up to the closure, a total of 19 people had fallen ill, including 4 hygiene inspectors from Leicester City Council, who visited on November 2nd. It’s not known what caused the outbreak, but samples of the food have been taken away for analysis, and the kitchen is currently being refitted.

But despite giving the trots to the powers that be, relentlessly optimistic owner Jaimon Thomas said:

‘It was unlucky that we had the council in, and that it included health inspectors, but we would obviously be concerned if anyone at all reported feeling ill. We’ve been open since 2008 and this is the first time we’ve had any problems whatsoever with people getting sick. We had a number of people come to us and say they had stomach aches. We refunded the money straight away and offered them a free meal, which they gladly accepted. The fact the council health inspectors chose to eat there is testament to how highly they rate the restaurant.’

Er, maybe not any more, mate...?


  • Charley
    It'll be the rice.
  • Darius
    Health inspectors have a night out, get their money back, plus a free meal next time. Way to go!

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