Indian restaurant Wazwān launches in Sheffield

Kashmiri-inspired restaurant Wazwān and its sister cocktail bar Hungāma have opened in Sheffield's Leopold Square, blending authentic Indian cuisine with Yorkshire produce and traditional Kashmiri hospitality. 

The restaurant was devised by brother and sister team Yousef and Hibah Mahmood, whose grandparents – Mohammed Sabir MBE and Fazilat Sabir – founded the award-winning Aagrah restaurant group in 1977. 

Local suppliers are key to the venue's philosophy, sourcing fruit and vegetables from Ahmed Foods in Bradford, meat from local Sheffield suppliers and seafood from Warners in Doncaster. House beer and draught lines are brewed in Kirkstall near Leeds and are chosen specifically for pairing with the Kashmir dishes. 

The food offering at Wazwān ranges from fare made famous at the Imperial Mughal Courts to popular Indian street food dishes. Guests can start off with light bites and small plates designed for sharing, before moving onto the grills, curries, biryanis and sundries, all with a number of gluten- and dairy-free or plant-based options available. 

Small plate highlights include machli masala, sustainable cod dusted with fram flour and aromatic spices, then fried to create a spicy crust; while curries feature gosht achar, British mutton cooked with pickled spices, fresh tomatoes, ginger and simmered in yoghurt with curried bay leaf; while guests seeking something from the grill can opt for Jhingha Khās, king prawns marinated in tikka masala and grilled over wood charcoal. 

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