Cricket legend Waqar Younis dropped in to Bradford’s popular Jinnah restaurant to launch their scrumptious Biryani Festival.
waqar younis5The fast bowler enjoyed a fancy three course meal at Bradford’s Jinnah Restaurant ahead of the restaurants most talked about Biryani Festival.

For more than 25 years Jinnah has been a staple all across Yorkshire, with restaurants in Harrogate, Malton, Selby, Ilkley, York and more. Their lavish Bradford restaurant on Leeds road opened in 2015, providing perfect surroundings to match the sumptuous food served up every day.

Named after the founder of Pakistan, Jinnah certainly does serve food fit for royalty, which was most certainly enjoyed by the former cricket coach as he was served with a plethora of dishes including a signature dish created especially for the launch occasion, aptly named ‘Waqad’

The dish consisted of a bed of specially prepared sindhi biryani, accompanied with Jinnah’s finest lamb, daal and chicken curries.

“I always enjoy eating my food than any other food and that’s why I have enjoyed it the most eating here (Jinnah). It’s lovely to be here. It’s a very good restaurant, I like the way it’s been designed. Mr Younis said.

“The food I would say is the same as sitting at home and eating it.” He continued

Speaking about his signature dished ‘Waqad’ he said: “I was very surprised at the quality of the dish, because it had everything. I had daal, which I love, lamb curry, a bit of chicken and a bit of everything. So I really enjoyed it, it was very Waqad dish jinnahsumptuous”

The Biryani Festival which has started Monday 30 May, offers a special Biryani menu which diners can order from. It lists a mouth-watering Kumbh Malai Biryani, which consists of a harmonious combination of fresh mushrooms, home-made cheese, spices and fine basmati rice, served with kishmish riata. Also on the menu is an East Indian Biryani which is aptly called Kolkata Chingri Biryani which is a hot combination of deliciously cooked king prawns and rice, served with a special curry sauce. If these two dishes aren’t enough there are five other biryani options to choose from, from Hyderabadi, to Lucknowi to Kashmiri and more. So if you’re a biryani lover you’re guaranteed not to leave disappointed.

waqar younis4Saleem Akhtar, director at Jinnah Bradford, said: “It has been great having Mr Waqar Younis launch our Biryani festival and I am thrilled he loved the food and the dish we prepared for him.

Here at Jinnah we are very passionate about food and are really excited to be bringing our Biryani festival to the people of Bradford”

The Jinnah Biryani festival is running from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June and is expected to be very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. Call the restaurant to book on 01274 733732 or visit