Itihaas, a Dalkeith restaurant established 3 years ago, has been named one of the best Bangladeshi food specialists in the country. It is one of four restaurants shortlisted from the Scotland and Northern Ireland heat of the annual Bangladeshi Caterers’ Association (BCA) awards. Reviews are consistently high.
The UK’s top Bangladeshi restaurants will be presented at an awards ceremony in LOndon on 10 October at a dinner, due to be attended by 1,200 guests, as the climax of the BCA’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Owner, Matin Khan, moved to the UK from Bangladesh in 1984. Matin said the accolade was a tribute to the consistently high quality maintained by his staff.
“The team is committed to setting high standards, innovative and constantly striving to offer impeccable customer service,” he added. “It’s gratifying to have been recognised by experts in Bangladeshi food which is becoming increasingly popular throughout Britain.”
Itihaas, specialises in Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. “It is an art form which express with a selection of aromatic dishes using the finest blend of freshly prepared herbs and spices,” Khan added.
The restaurant attracts up to 600 customers a week and employs 15 staff. Mr Khan is a well known figure in the local community, a major sponsor of many sports, social and other clubs in and around Midlothian and assisted a class of local schoolchildren doing a project on Bangladesh by inviting the whole class to lunch.
Printed in InCommerce – The Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Magazine, issue 4, October 2010.