Itihaas awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Matin Khan, who runs two restaurants on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has been named the UK’s top curry chef by the industry’s trade magazine.

Executive Chef of Itihaas in Dalkeith and The Radhuni in Loanhead, he was given the accolade on Sunday 15 October in front of an audience of 500 at the Curry Life Awards at the Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

In a double triumph for Scotland, Radhuni was awarded the title of the UK’s best curry restaurant.

Since Matin opened the 80 seat Itihaas in 2007 its titles have included Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, Best South Asian Restaurant, and Restaurant of the Year in the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

His son Habibur, who accepted the award on his behalf, has managed Radhuni since it opened in 2011. At the age of 23 in 2019 he became the youngest person to win a major award in the British Curry Awards.

The audience at the awards, which celebrate the best of the UK’s multi-billion-pound curry industry, included Minister for London Paul Scully, former UK Health Secretary Baroness Virginia Bottomley, her MP husband Sir Peter (longest serving Member of the House of Commons), four other MPs and Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and a former President of the Confederation of British Industry. The event was hosted by ITV news presenter Lucrezia Millarini.

A chef for over 40 years, Matin was born in Bangladesh.  After his family moved to Cambridge when he was a teenager, he began honing his cooking skills in the family home.

“It’s a great honour to be described as the finest curry chef in the United Kingdom,” he commented. “There are so many wonderful chefs working in thousands of restaurants all over the country that I am truly humbled and very proud. My emphasis has always been on developing authentic recipes and working with the finest kitchen and front of house staff.”

The 120-seat Radhuni (its name means ‘passionate cook’) is one of only three Indian-style restaurants in Scotland to have been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

Regularly placed in the British Curry Awards’ “Hot 100”, it was named Scottish Curry Restaurant of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and in July this year took the same title in the Scottish Restaurant Awards.

Habibur Khan commented: “These are remarkable achievements for my father and the restaurants he established. His legacy is assured. Helped by my father’s guidance, the team at Radhuni have worked tirelessly and with great skill to create a constantly first class dining experience. We are overwhelmed by this latest honour.”

Curry Life magazine reaches 10,000 Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Pakistani restaurants serving millions of customers a year.

The ‘curry industry’ is said to account for two thirds of all eating out in the UK. Indian-style restaurants get through more than 200,000 tonnes of rice a year.

Matin Khan with Itihaas staff displaying TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Dalkeith Indian restaurant hits heights with travellers

Multi award-winning Dalkeith restaurant Itihaas has been honoured by the world’s largest travel site.

The Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant on Eskbank Road has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence which is given to top rated accommodation, businesses, restaurants and attractions as reviewed by travellers.

To qualify, businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five marks as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the number of reviews and how recently they were submitted.

In late 2010 and earlier this year Itihaas was voted the best South Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant in Scotland. It was also one of only four finalists in the Indian category of the 2011 Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.

Director Matin Khan commented: “At Itihaas we strive all the time to offer our customers a memorable dining experience. This accolade is further evidence that our staff’s hard work and skills are continuing to be appreciated by customers who travel from near and far to enjoy our food.”

Christine Petersen, President of TripAdvisor for Business, added: “Our Certificate of Excellence programme gives exceptional businesses the recognition they deserve.”

TripAdvisor Media Group attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors to its sites across 18 travel brands.

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

Indian Restaurant Edinburgh

17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, EH22 1HD | 0131 663 9800

Monday – Thursday || 12pm-2pm || 5pm-10:30pm
Friday – Sunday || 12pm-2pm || 4:30pm-10:30pm
Closed Tuesday

17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkieth, EH22 1HD
0131 663 9800

Monday – Thursday || 12pm-2pm || 5pm-10:30pm
Friday – Sunday || 12pm-2pm || 4:30pm-10:30pm
Closed Tuesday

swipe left

EAT

swipe left or right

VISIT

swipe left or right

story

swipe right

Established in 1997

Proud to serve our community

Gift Card Form