Nearly all of us miss our creature comforts when we’re away from home, but one British expat has taken his hankering for a chicken tikka masala and lamb balti a step further and had a curry from his favourite Indian restaurant flown from England to France.
Roy Buchan, a loyal customer of the Akash curry house in Portsmouth, chartered a plane from Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire to Bordeaux, France just so he could enjoy a curry from his favourite Indian restaurant. The £32-a-head order, which also included paneer korai and a naan, was cooked in Portsmouth and then re-heated in France as Buchan and 49 of his buddies scoffed it down as part of a curry night at the Bordeaux-Saucats aerodrome.
Speaking to The News newspaper in Portsmouth, Buchan said: ‘although there are some Indian restaurants in France, the quality of food is nowhere near as good as in England.’ But instead of heading back to Britain for a curry, Buchan and Faz Ahmed, the restaurant manager at the Akash, discussed delivering a curry to Bordeaux by car. That’s when another loyal expat stepped in.
James Emery, who had eaten at the Akash for over 20 years, also happened to be a pilot. The idea of flying a curry over the English Channel then took off. Emery managed to hire a six-seat plane from Iroise Aero Formation flying school in Brest and Ahmed got his chefs to start cooking.
It’s not the first time that Buchan’s desire for a familiar curry has hit the headlines. The former Portsmouth resident took £105 worth of Indian takeaway from the Akash to his home in France for Christmas dinner in 2014. Perhaps a holiday in India should be on the cards?