This year, The Misbah is celebrating a milestone anniversary, having produced quality Bangladeshi cuisine for the past 25 years. Misbah takes its name from the Arabic word meaning light, and stands proudly at the entrance to Monmouth's picturesque town centre, less than 30 minutes' drive from Newport. Owner and chef, Abdus Salam, hails from Bangladesh and takes great pride in his heritage. A tribute to his home country can be seen etched into a glass partition in the restaurant, commemorating the year 1971 when Bangladesh gained independence from West Pakistan. Abdus' expertly crafted menu also reflects his roots, presenting authentic Bangladeshi flavours and cooking techniques. The restaurant has consistently been featured in the Cobra Good Curry Guide for a number of years, and was even named the Best Indian Restaurant in Wales for 2007-08, and the Best in South Wales 2013-14. Salam's many awards can be found proudly displayed in the function room. Situated in close proximity to the Rockfield and Monnow Valley recording studios, Misbah has attracted diners from many famous bands over the years, including The Corrs, The Charlatans, Black Sabbath, Coldplay and REM, in addition to a long list of loyal locals, owing to the quality of the cuisine served. We visited on a busy Thursday evening, and were impressed by the staff's ability to recommend dishes according to customers' individual tastes. I ordered the tandoori fish bahar to start, while my partner opted for the lamb tikka. My fish was beautifully cooked in a tangy green pepper, tomato and onion sauce, and my companion's slow-cooked lamb was ultra tender and expertly spiced. For the main course we chose from a tempting list of 35 signature dishes, finally settling on the king prawn al-salam, a dish created and recommended by the owner, and the aromatic Khadimpur. The prawns were pleasingly fat and juicy, and cooked in a creamy, lightly spiced coconut sauce, while the Khadimpur, comprising chicken cooked in a thick sauce of mustard, garlic, ginger, green chilli and tomato, presented just the right balance of spices. A leading light in Wales' Asian food scene, The Misbah is a culinary triumph and a must-visit venue for curry lovers.