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Bacon,eggs and biryani; Cafe's switch at night to curry house.

Byline: Andy Kelly

IT is the quintessential English cafe, full of the traditional smells that have tempted workers for generations.

Plateafter plate emerges from the kitchen adorned with crisp bacon, succulent sausage, runn yegg and the ubiquitous beans and tomatoes.

All of course washed down with a steaming hot mug of tea.

But come 3pm and a strange transformation overcomes this bastion of English fare in the heart of south Liverpool.

The tables chang e, the decor chang es, the staff chang e, even the light outside chang es and the menu undergoes a spicy new image.

What emerges is one of the city's growing band of quality Indian curry houses. Tea and toast are replaced by lagers, wine and naan breads.

Where once there were fry-ups and baguettes, now there arebaltis, mas alas andbiryanis.

This is the CafeNaz restaurant on Wavertree's High Street,Liverpool's first combined English cafe and curry house.

Owner Nozrul Islam,or Naz for short,decided he needed to diversify to make his restaurant a success.

The 23-year-old said: ``I bought the business as a breakfast place and we were doing good daytime business .

``But I wanted to do something at night as well so people who came in during the day and liked it could come back.

``So we decided to open u pas an Indian restaurant in the evening.

``We change the tables, the settings, the staff, even the light outside.

``After finishing breakfasts at 3pm, we are up and running as an Indian restaurant by 5pm. ``I've lived in Liverpool all my life and, as far as I kno w,no-one else has ever done this bef ore.''

Naz learnt his trade working as a chef at his unc le's well-established Indian Delight restaurant on city centre Renshaw Street. The young entr epreneur is also the main supplier of deserts to nearly 70 Indian and Chinese restaurants around the North West.

So with Merseysiders becoming more and more cosmopolitan in their culinary tastes, is the traditional English breakfast or the curry proving more popular?

Naz said: ``The breakfast and baguette business has been up and running for eight years and it is definitely more popular at themoment.

``The Indian restaurant is ne wer and its popularity is spreading by word of mouth.

``I think this is an up-and-coming area,especially with the reno vat ion of Wavertree Garden flats. We're also near Allerton which has quite a strong restaurant culture.''

8 Cafe Naz is open seven days a week from 8.30am-11pm. Diners can bring their own wine and beer free of charge.


FOOD FOR ALL: Owner Nozrul Islam's restaurant is both cafe and curry house; Picture: COLIN LANE
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Date:Jul 7, 2003
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