Originating in ancient Sanskrit the name Rishi means an inspired individual, a poet of Vedic Hymns and images and statues of a seated Rishi, one arm raised, are commonly found all over the Indian sub continent.
Formerly the ‘Duke of Norfolk’ pub, owner Mumimur Rashid set about transforming the space and first opened the doors of Rishi in January 2011. Since then we have sold thousands of curries and helped bring some of the sights, sounds and tastes of India to Norwich.
Here at Rishi we believe that good Indian food is not just a concoction of spices and meat, thrown together without care or thought. That is not how food is prepared at home and that is not how it is prepared here at Rishi.
We work with quality ingredients, sourced locally where possible, which contain no artificial flavouring. We bring meat, vegetables and spices together to create dishes full of flavour and aroma. No step is too small to achieve the quality we aspire to, for example our mince is produced on site to enable us to make sure that only lean meat is used.
Britain has over 12,000 Indian restaurants, many are owned by people who hail from a tiny district in the North East of Bangladesh called Sylhet which sits on the Indian border close to Assam and Tripura. In fact, Sylhet was originally a part of the state of Assam. Amongst other things, Sylhet is well known for its tea gardens and tropical forests. The area combines high mountains to the East with Asia’s largest marshland to the West. The marshland, called Hakaluki Haor is a world heritage site and contains a huge range of fish. The area also provides sweet water fish and Satkara (a citrus fruit) from the plains together with meat dishes from the mountains. The dishes on our menu reflect the range and beauty of the landscapes of this area.
Whichever dish you opt for on our menu, we hope you have a lovely evening with us and enjoy the wonderful Indian food produced by head chef Monty and his team.