Newham Mag Issue 382

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NEWHAM FOODWATCH Newham Council want to make sure you are safe when you go out for a meal, order a takeaway or grab a sandwich on the move. Whether it’s a takeaway, a slap up dinner or a delivery pizza, all food outlets in the borough have to be regularly checked to make sure the food they serve is safe. Newham Council’s food safety team is constantly conducting unannounced visits and inspections of the

borough’s 1,879 food outlets and giving them a rating out of five. Every month the Newham Mag will publish details of some of the best, and worst performing restaurants in the borough. Last month officers went to Nalukettu restaurant in East Ham after complaints about its food.

Nalukettu Restaurant/Kerala Spice, Barking Road, East Ham The inspectors were extremely concerned to find mouse droppings, poor hygiene, the building in a poor physical state, a lack of training for staff and no food safety management system. The officers raised concerns with the owners, and after a discussion, the business was voluntarily and immediately closed. The restaurant was awarded a zero food hygiene rating and remains closed. It is currently under investigation, following an outbreak of suspected food poisoning. Councillor Pat Murphy, mayoral adviser for environment, said: “It should be compulsory for businesses to display the results of their food standards rating. I would urge Newham residents to look for a displayed rating before eating at any food outlet. If a business isn’t proudly displaying its food rating you have to ask yourself why.” To check the food rating for your local restaurants, visit

Most recent inspections • Bella Italia, Gallions Reach Shopping Park, Beckton, E6 5 – Very Good

• Mexicasa, High Street, Stratford, E15 5 – Very Good

• Upper Crust, Western Gateway, Canning Town, E16 5 – Very Good

• Charcoal Restaurant, Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow, E13 5 – Very Good

• Wagamama, Westfield Stratford City, E20 5 – Very Good

• Wentys Kitchen, at rear of Taste of Caribbean, Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E7 2 – Improvement Necessary

• Rasa, Barking Road, East Ham, E6

1 – Major Improvement Necessary

• Oriental Kitchen, Barking Road, Plaistow, E13 1 – Major Improvement Necessary

• Friends Coffee House, Barking Road,

Plaistow, E13, 1 – Major Improvement Necessary