Traditional love stories inspire romance at restaurant

Traditional tales of love and devotion are set to get pulses racing at Bristol’s top Indian restaurant this Valentine’s Day.
Regarded as being one of the most popular romantic tragedies in Punjab the love story of Heer Ranja and the equally treasured tale of Mirza Sahiban have inspired the management team at 4,500 Miles from Delhi to develop special one-off menus based on these two stories.
With a mix of Bollywood-style ‘his ‘n’ hers’ cocktails also on offer, lovers who visit the fine-dining restaurant are guaranteed to add a little extra spice to their relationship!
Restaurant owner Nav Kandola, is now looking forward to welcoming couples to enjoy the fine-dining at one of the city’s newest Indian eateries.
Nav said: “We all know that Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times for people to express their love towards each other.
“The idea to base our menus on the stories of Heer Ranjha and Mirza Sahiban adds a beautiful Punjabi element to this special day and intertwines romantic elements from East and West.
“We’ve also included parts of the story on the actual menus so diners will be able to read for themselves these two tales and get an understanding of Indian folklore based on stories of true love.”
Of the four most popular romantic tragedies in Punjab, Heer Ranjha is an epic true story of a couple who battled social class divides and the unconventional nature of their love, only to meet tragedy at the hand of a jealous uncle.
The tale also inspired Waris Shah, a punjabi sufi poet also called the Shakespeare of the Punjabi language, to write what would become his most famous poetic narration.
Mirza and Sahiban is a love-lore of Punjabi literature and tells the tale of two childhood playmates, who dared to love freely and rebel against the accepted social convention of their time.
Nav added: “Both these stories are very well known in India and I hope they inspire equal passion and devotion this Valentine’s Day here in Bristol.”
Dishes on offer include mains such as Karahi Batak which is a breast of barbary duck cooked with whole coriander, red chillies and juliennne peppers and tasty side dishes like the Palak Paneer and Tarka Dal.
Opened in June 2011, the Colston Avenue-based restaurant has already proved popular with foodies across Bristol with its pen plan ‘theatre’ kitchen that has brought a taste of Delhi to the city centre.