Indian restaurants have been a key part of a night out in Gateshead for nearly half a century. The availability of Indian cuisine in the UK soared in the 1970s, with a substantial influx of Bangladeshi immigrants. As in the rest of the country, most Indian restaurants in Gateshead were opened by Bangladeshi families. Menus combined Bengali cuisine with dishes adapted for local tastes. Traditional dhansak, bhuna, and korma sauces came from Persian-influenced Moghul cuisine, but the ever-popular tikka masala was an entirely British creation, combining tandoori chicken with a bright, rich sauce.