Since I moved to California, I have been trying to recreate the curry from the best Indian Restaurant in the world: The Plaza Cafe in Manchester. The Plaza was (it is no longer with us, sadly) a scruffy place that defined "hole-in-the-wall"; not one stick of furniture matched and they had a single menu for the whole place to share. The Plaza made a Biryani that was simply superb. The sauce that was served with the dish ranged in temperature as follows: Mild, Medium, Hot, Suicide, Killer, Charlies Special, Cremation, Goodbye..?.You.Have.Been.Warned. and, hottest of all: "English Gravy". The Suicide was enough for me. My Dad had Killer and used my Suicide to cool down with! But in spite of the heat, the flavor was out of this world.
A small dedicated crew is still trying to recreate the Plaza sauce recipe. It is still not perfect but we are working on it! If you want a copy of the recipe thus far, let me know. Address to chris at the dwelling address above.
If anyone has a copy of the famous Plaza t-shirt, please scan and send. I will post it here.