THE face of Shrek stares out from a takeaway curry.
Lisa Edmonds, 56, had ordered a hariyali chicken green curry.
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And when she tipped the £25 dish on to her plate it formed the ogre’s face.
Mum-of-one Lisa, from Enfield, North London, said: “The face was so cute I almost couldn’t eat it. But I was so hungry, I had to.”
Industry leaders fear it could threaten the closure of hundreds of Indian restaurants.
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“The cost of oil has gone from £17 for 20 litres to £44.
“And restaurants go through about 100 litres a week.
“If you charge customers accordingly, a curry would have to cost between £25 to £30, which is not sustainable.”
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Mr Ahmed represents restaurant owners in Birmingham — the birthplace of the balti — who have seen energy prices rise £8,500 to almost £25,000.
He estimates that seven in ten could be forced to shut for good and wants government help.
He added: “Loyal customers are now only visiting once a month rather than every week.
“I don’t think many businesses will last the winter, let alone into the next year.”