Valerie Shawcross performed the opening ceremony of an authentic Lahori cuisine takeaway in Waterloo.
The venture is part of an expansion by the Village Cuisine Ltd which has a focus on making authentic and contemporary Lahori food more accessible.
The first outlet, a restaurant, opened in Streatham in 2003 after the young Asian founders had sought without success to find freshly prepared authentic Lahori food. The Chilli restaurant was eventually launched after frequent visits to India and Pakistan to develop the concept.
Val Shawcross, the London Assembly member for Lambeth & Southwark, told guests that she had already known about Village Cuisine as its Streatham restaurant fell within her constituency. She welcomed the decision by the small business to locate its takeway branch in SE1.
Also welcommg the venture was Andrew Eddy, Chair of South Bank Employers' Group and Director of London Shell Office.
Guests, welcomed by director Neelofar Khan, were able to sample the Lahori food at pavement tables. The new takeaway menu offers Chilli Bites such as lamb kebab wrap (£2.45), a Chicken Korma meal (£3.50) and Chicken Tikka salad or pasta (£2.45). All coffee choices including cappuccino are £1.40.