Itihaas – Dalkeith Indian Restaurant Turns 10

Serving a fresh taste of Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine in the heart of Scotland, Itihaas restaurant is excited for their 10 year anniversary. This award-winning restaurant always has an intriguing menu and now there is something new on offer to help celebrate.

The word Itihaas is derived from the Hindi language, meaning ‘history’. The restaurant of this name has had plenty of history in the past 10 years. With the mission of offering delicious Bangladeshi and Indian meals in Dalkeith, Itihaas has grown with success. Itihaas has always focussed on keeping their meals simple yet flavoursome. Itihaas has won many awards over the competition with their high standards in good quality dishes and service. Recently, a winner of the Scottish Curry Award 2017 and Trip advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, Itihaas is well deserving.

Flavoured with impeccable herbs and spices, the meals at Itihaas will whet your appetite. The staff always has a good recommendation of wine to complement the intricacies of the dishes. Great care and attention is put into every meal which is served in a pleasant and relaxed environment.

The restaurant was opened by Matin Khan in 2007. His belief that cooking is an art form to create aromatic dishes has endured across the years. As well as creating mouth-watering dishes using Indian and Bangladeshi spices and flavours, Khan has also encouraged an involvement in the community. Itihaas regularly sponsors the local community including Newtongrange Star football team – and charity events, such as donations to the Saltersgate School.

Itihaas, is a local restaurant in Dalkeith that truly values the community, Itihaas recognises that their success would not be without the support of the local residents. So, to all the diners and residents of Midlothian, Itihaas extends warm and genuine thanks for all the support over the years.

Without you, valued customers, none of our success would have been possible. As a heartfelt thank you, we will be giving away a £10 voucher with orders throughout the month of December. These vouchers will be valid for use in January and February 2018.

Consider this not only a token of our genuine appreciation, but also a way to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that the year 2018 will be prosperous and joyful for everyone in Dalkeith and further afield in Edinburgh and around Scotland.

Here is to embracing another 10 years of success and we look forward to having many diners and residents, both new and old, join us for delicious and tantalising Indian and Bangladeshi food. Please join us at our restaurant 7 days a week and share a meal with your loved ones.


Itihaas voted Scotland’s Top Curry Restaurant

Three years after its Director was named Scotland’s Curry King, Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith has been voted the country’s top curry restaurant.

The family-owned and run 80 seat restaurant in the Midlothian town’s Eskbank Road took the title at the 10th Scottish Curry Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on 24 April.

The organisers said more than 20,000 diners voted in the awards, more than two-thirds of them in the prestigious Restaurant of the Year category.

Launched in 2007, Itihaas’ previous awards have included Scotland’s best Bangladeshi and South Asian restaurant. It has also been shortlisted in the Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.

In 2014 its Director Matin Khan was voted Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year. Matin moved to the UK from his native Bangladesh at the age of 14 and opened his first restaurant when only 19.

“It is a remarkable success for our team to have been selected as the best curry restaurant in Scotland,” he commented. “We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our Indian and Bangladeshi dishes and take great care in the selection of ingredients, including the herbs and spices.

“It is also a reflection of our consistently high standard of service. We try to match the excellence of our food and drink with close attention to the requirements of each and every customer. We are grateful to all those customers who voted for us.”

Matin Khan was also shortlisted as Chef of the Year for both Itihaas and its sister restaurant The Radhuni in Loanhead, Midlothian.

The award was collected by his sons Majibur and Habibur, and restaurant manager Mohammad Abbas.


Itihaas reviewed by Gerry’s Kitchen

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Read a great review by Gerry Haughian of his lunchtime experience at Itihaas! Read the full review at Gerry’s Kitchen website.

“Starting with a chana on puri that we shared between us. Just as well we shared because it was a huge starter that would have defeated Nicola if she had to take it on herself. The puri, a deep fried puffed bread, was light and airy and despite being deep fried it showed no signs of greasiness. The chick pea filling was immense. Hot and spicy, sweet and sour with a good handful of fresh coriander mixed in to help ad a fragrant balance. This was one of the tastiest Indian starters that we’ve had in a long time.

Itihaas don’t scrimp on portion sizes and the main course that Nicola received was packed with giant chunks of tender, well seasoned chicken breast. The sauce had a good balance of spice without being too hot, preserved lemon had been added to add another dimension to the sauce and there was a noticeable amount of garlic present round the dish off whilst keeping the vampires away. The pilau rice was another delight, heavy seasoned with star anise and topped with preserved orange peel, helping add further levels of flavour to an already tasty curry. The lunch menu costs just £7.95 for two courses which I think you’ll agree, offers great value for money.

I had opted for the Lamb Thali lunch experience – a new offering at Itihaas (Thali is an Indian meal made up of a selection of various dishes, the word Thali means a round platter used to serve food) – and was delighted with the value for money that I this offered.

Again, the portion size was a winner and I knew that we would be taking home a ‘doggy-bag’. The onion bhaji was crisp and well seasoned, the curried vegetable were fantastic, especially the broccoli that seemed to soak up the spices with ease. As for the lamb curry, it was wonderful.”


Itihaas winner at Midlothian Food & Drink Awards 2015!


The fourth annual Midlothian Food & Drink Awards took place yesterday and we are delighted to announce that Itihaas has won three fantastic awards for:

  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Place for Dinner
  • Best Place for a Takeaway (Runner Up)

Itihaas is a proud winner at the event in previous years but 2015 was our best yet! I would like to dedicate this win to our hard working staff without whom this would not have been possible.

Also, a huge thank you to everyone that voted for us. The Midlothian Food & Drink Awards are very important for us as they are voted for by customers and the public.

I would also like to thank Midlothian Council for running this event and congratulations to the other winners!

Matin Khan


Itihaas Restaurant Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years


Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Dalkeith, Scotland, United Kingdom – 19 May, 2015 Itihaas today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a huge achievement for the entire team at Itihaas. We would like to thank all of our past guests who took their time to write a review on TripAdvisor for Itihaas,” said Matin Khan, Director at Itihaas. “Receiving a recognition and seal of approval based on customer reviews, is the best type of award. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is an outstanding vote of confidence to our cuisine and service and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


About Itihaas

Itihaas has been serving up Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine in Dalkeith since 2007. The restaurant attracts up to 600 customers a week, employs 15 staff and is a major sponsor of many sports, social and other clubs in and around Midlothian. Itihaas has won many awards over the years including Asian Curry Awards, Scottish Curry Awards and multi-time winner at the Midlothian Food & Drink Awards.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

Contact Itihaas

17-19 Eskbank Road

Dalkeith EH22 1HD

Tel: 0131 663 9800

Itihaas on TripAdvisor


Itihaas Food Hygiene Rating – PASS

It was disappointing to read recently that over 100 food premises in Midlothian failed to achieve a Pass rating

Food hygiene and overall quality is very important for us at Itihaas restaurant. We like to further assure you that the Food Standards Agency has completed the Food Hygiene Information scheme at Itihaas restaurant and we have been awarded a ‘Pass’. A ‘Pass’ means that the business has achieved an acceptable level of compliance with food hygiene law.

Itihaas, the only Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant in Dalkeith to Pass!

If you’re living in Dalkeith, you may also want to take note that Itihaas was the only Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant in Dalkeith to receive a Pass for the Food Hygiene Rating.

If you would like any further information, please ask to speak to Matin Khan in the restaurant or call us on 0131 663 9800.


Itihaas rated "Excellent" 359 times on TripAdvisor!


We’re extremely proud to let you know that TripAdvisor has awarded us the Bravo badge for receiving a continuing number of “Excellent” reviews! To date, we have 359 “Excellent” reviews.

Thank you to all our diners for taking the time to leave a review for us. It is greatly appreciated.

It is a great honour to receive this in addition to being awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the years 2011-2014.

TripAdvisor Review

If you have not yet reviewed us on TripAdvisor, it would be very much appreciated if you could take a few minutes to write a review. Thank you.


Itihaas donates to Saltersgate School

Originally published in the Winter 2014 edition of

Saltersgate School scores a double with Midlothian business


Matin with Cheryl Simon and with his Itihaas team and their trophy for Family Business of the Year


Leading restaurateur Matin Khan served up a double helping for Midlothian’s Saltersgate School when he matched the proceeds of a raffle at the region’s business awards.

Members and guests of Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce raised £865 for Friends of Saltersgate School (FOSS) at their Enterprise Awards Dinner at The Brunton in Musselburgh.

Matin, who runs the multi award-winning Itihaas in Dalkeith and Radhuni in Loanhead, was so impressed with a speech by Stephen Buggy, the school’s Deputy Head, that he offered to double the sum on the spot.

Saltergate has about 120 pupils from Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh with a wide spectrum of disabilities. FOSS fundraises for specialist equipment and respite care.

Cheryl Simon of FOSS said: “We are very grateful to Matin for his very generous donation and to the Chamber of Commerce for making us its charity of the night.

“Budget constraints limit funding for the most up to date and specialised equipment which make a huge difference to pupils’ development.”

The charity is also appealing for local people and companies to offer their skills in areas like Website creation, leaflets printing and fundraising activities as well as work placements for pupils.

Matin said: “I was delighted to be able to help, especially after learning more about the splendid work done by Saltersgate staff and volunteers.”

There was good news for Matin, too, when Itihaas was awarded joint Best Family Business, with East Links Holiday Park at Dunbar. The category is for “established family businesses sustained success across a broad range of measures.”

Itihaas is operated by Matin, recently named Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, helped by his sons Mujibur (20) and Habibur (18), and his wife Majada.


Ross Murray’s Malawi Adventure


 Please show your support to Ross Murray who will be making a 22-day expedition to Malawi for a great cause! Here’s an excerpt from Midlothian Advertiser’s article.

Kicking off his corporate fundraising, Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith has agreed to part-sponsor the teenager.

Manager Matin Khan, speaking on behalf of his team, said: “We are proud to support Ross with his personal fundraising for this trip and are impressed that he is taking on board the challenge of contributing to community and environmental projects so far from home.

“This expedition shows his determination, sense of adventure and entrepreneurial spirit and we all wish him luck on his trip.”

Ross added: “I want to thank the team at Itihaas restaurant who have given me real encouragement by supporting me, not only financially, but for believing in what young people in Midlothian are capable of.”

By way of thanks, the youngster will proudly display the Itihaas name and logo on his expedition kit.

Ross is looking for another three local companies to financially back his 
charity work.

If you own a local business and are interested in supporting his effort through sponsorship, you can get in touch via email to:

Read the full article at Midlothian Advertiser

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